Coca-Cola Vs. Grand Canyon?
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Litter is about people and their respect for public property. There was a recent joke that New York was going to clean up the mess caused by the Occupy Wall Street scum bags, by holding a TEA Party Rally. Personal responsibility, pride in America, and patriotism are what’s needed to keep America’s parks clean. I am reminded of the “Don’t Mess with Texas” anti litter campaign that reduced Texan road side litter by 80%.

  • Jordan

    Is that 30% of the trash or 30% of the litter? Just because 30% of the trash are bottles doesn’t imply any evil.

    Besides — would you rather have dead, dehydrated hikers?

  • bloodonthetracks

    The National Park Foundation didn’t “shelve” the ban. The foundation doesn’t have the power to set policy; it’s merely the official charity of the National Park Service.

    The decision was made by Jon Jarvis, the head of the park service.

    Have been to the Grand Canyon several times recently — hiked from the south rim to the north rim two years ago — and never noticed a trash problem.

    A ban seems to me an unnecessary infringement on choice and convenience.

    Wish the park service instead would worry more about providing clean and reasonably priced lodging. Nothing like spending $240 for a badly outdated room with a moldy shower (Yosemite) or $175 for a glorified storage closet with a dirty, moldy bathroom attached (Glacier) …

  • David

    Here’s a prediction: The cost of disposing all those empty water bottles will be less than the cost of park rangers’ rendering first aid to those who don’t bring canteens and find themselves dehydrated on the trails.

  • Corlyss

    Extortion is the greens favorite tool to bully industry into supporting self-destructive green nonsense.

  • Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper is far superior to Coke Cherry Zero. I stopped drinking diet Coke products when Diet Cherry Coke was discontinued in favor of Coke Cherry Zero, which just doesn’t taste the same (not enough cherry flavoring, basically).

  • Aron Matskin

    In July I went hiking in one of the French National Nature Reserves in the Alps. The rule there is that you have to take ALL your trash with you. I was truly surprised that people really do it!! During the five days I spent there I saw (minute) traces of trash left behind only twice. And that was during the long Bastille Day weekend – one of the busiest hiking times in France.

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