Thursday, September 16, 2010

“But I’ve seen a few that might heat up your Cheerios a little.”

How ethical is this? What an eyesore! Deep gouges in the earth, no trees, tailing ponds, a blight on our earth. A non-renewable resource that is being dug up as fast as people are demanding it! The solution, environmentalists tell us is to stop production. I agree! If people would stop buying it, the companies would not be making obscene profits, and wildlife would not be threatened.
A new book by Ezra Levant called "Ethical Oil" makes the case that Alberta oilsands are the most ethical in the world. Why do environmentalists and greenies pick on Canada? If it's not our seal hunt they are japping about, it's the oilsands. Why have they been quiet about the Gulf oil spill? Why aren't they over in China protesting their coal mines? Why are they quiet about this:

All those pictures are not the Alberta oilsands, it's pictures of mining operations for granite! That very popular, must have kitchen countertop! Granite! It is a non-renewable resource, that companies in the US, Italy, Brazil and India, to name a few, are digging up as fast as they can to meet the ever increasing demand from households and businesses.

That's not the worse of it. Granite is actually dangerous.

“It’s not that all granite is dangerous,” said Stanley Liebert, the quality assurance director at CMT Laboratories in Clifton Park, N.Y., who took radiation measurements at Dr. Sugarman’s house. “But I’ve seen a few that might heat up your Cheerios a little.”

Allegations that granite countertops may emit dangerous levels of radon and radiation have been raised periodically over the past decade, mostly by makers and distributors of competing countertop materials. The Marble Institute of America has said such claims are “ludicrous” because although granite is known to contain uranium and other radioactive materials like thorium and potassium, the amounts in countertops are not enough to pose a health threat.


The E.P.A. recommends taking action if radon gas levels in the home exceeds 4 picocuries per liter of air (a measure of radioactive emission); about the same risk for cancer as smoking a half a pack of cigarettes per day. In Dr. Sugarman’s kitchen, the readings were 100 picocuries per liter. In her basement, where radon readings are expected to be higher because the gas usually seeps into homes from decaying uranium underground, the readings were 6 picocuries per liter.
So, forget granite countertops in my home. I wonder if Suzuki has granite in his homes? How about Green May?

I wonder when the environmentalists are going to start shouting about the radon in granite, it being a non-renewable resource, and how mining granite is killing the environment and destroying the natural habitat? Right..... I'm not holding my breath waiting, I prefer my cheerios cold and safe to eat.

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