Disasters often show flaws in our decisions

By January 12, 2014Uncategorized

A chemical leak contaminated a major public water supply in West Virginia on Friday, affecting more than 300,000 people. Due to the severity of the contamination, boiling water was not enough to ensure safety. As such, West Virginians in nine counties were instructed by government agencies not to drink the tap water, in any form, thereby creating a mass demand for bottled water.

Disasters like this remind us of the foolishness of those communities throughout the country who’ve banned the sale of bottled water for environmental concerns.

Proponents of water bans, including global warming alarmists, say banning bottled water is good for the environment as it reduces plastic waste. Of course, they ignore two major facts: A) Millions of plastic products are sold and consumed in the marketplace globally and B) Banning bottled water will not reduce mass consumption of soda, juices, sports drinks or countless other beverages contained in plastic.

Hurricane Sandy taught us that when disaster strikes, people cannot solely rely on Big Government to rescue them. When Sandy hit, polluting and contaminating tap water in multiple communities in New York and New Jersey, FEMA promised it would have enough water available to handle such an emergency. Not the case. FEMA discovered it didn’t have enough water and had to rely on the private sector for help. The bottled water industry and private sector donated millions of bottled water units to Sandy victims. This is one of many examples where the private sector has come to the public’s rescue. Which begs the question: With all the plastic products sold in the marketplace, why ban the one product humans need to survive? Water!

It de?es common sense to ban private suppliers of a lifesaving commodity from the marketplace as emergencies exist. All that bottled water bans achieve, if anything, is to make the masses more dependent on Big Government while putting the public in harm’s way when disasters strike.

And strike they do.

In winter, pipes freeze and burst. Terrorist attacks happen. Hurricanes, tornadoes and other storms strike, polluting or compromising the water mains. Old, faulty water main pipes break. Massachusetts residents recall the 2010 water main break in Weston that left more than 2 million people without tap water.

Bottom line: Bottled water is recyclable. If environmentalists want to reduce plastic waste, a more sensible approach is to increase recycling initiatives.

Are you listening, Concord?

Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Trending Now” on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16 or log on to her website at adrianacohen.com.

About Adriana Cohen

Adriana Cohen is host of the “Adriana Cohen Show” heard Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.