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May 20, 2008

If You Like It...

...You can be assured Greenpeace is against it

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are not doing enough to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals and metals from their games consoles, Greenpeace has said.

The body examined materials used inside the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Greenpeace said that while all three machines complied with European laws, the consoles still contained harmful materials that "needed to be replaced".

Nintendo's environment policies were "non-existent", Greenpeace added.

"Nintendo doesn't have any environmental policies, " said Zeina Al-Hajj, Greenpeace's International Toxic Campaign co-ordinator.

Why is it that people who are "concerned" about, well, damn near everything are the whiniest old damp dish towels imaginable? And maybe I missed something along the way, but since "all three machines complied with European laws" why doesn't Greenpeace just stfu? Who replaced the EU parliament with them?

Posted by Mr. Bingley at May 20, 2008 07:28 AM


EU environmental laws have more to do with protectionism and political muscle than in protecting the environment.

When I worked at Dell Computers we had to comply with "Blue Angel" laws for our computers sold in Europe. In order to build a consistent product that meant that the US built computers had to comply as well.

Fair enough. The problem is that to comply with Blue Angel required replacing all our plastics with a special kind that doesn't release halogens when burned.

1. Halogens do not harm the environment. It's a sorry myth that has potentially killed many people by having halogen fire extinguishing systems banned. The navy spent millions and probably billions developing halogen fire suppression systems for its aircraft, and they were miraculous. Right after installing it on most of the fleet, they were forced to remove them at additional cost, leaving aircrew endangered again. And no one has shown how halogens actually harm anything.

2. I don't know of that many computers that are burned. Why would anyone burn a computer? Halogens aren't released when computers sit in a land fill with every other kind of trash.

3. The only Blue Angel approved plastic was oh-so-conveniently made by a German company which held a patent on it.

So here's how it really worked. German company developed plastic that supposedly releases fewer halogens when burned than other plastics. They convince EU government to adopt their invention as a standard. EU likes this because it allows them to start pushing around US companies that used to only comply with US standards.

So now it appears Green Terrorists want to continue hi jacking high tech companies, with the same kind of weak rational. Some day we'll get governments that aren't so easily manipulated.

Posted by: Skyler at May 20, 2008 10:33 AM

Some day we'll get governments that aren't so easily manipulated

*snort* Good one, Skyler!

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at May 20, 2008 10:36 AM

I guess the Eu thinks everyone is going to put
game consoles in their water bongs and smoke them
after the hashish runs out.
The best solution is to throw plastics in the ocean
all these unstable compounds would immediately bond with something in the seawater.

Posted by: greg newson at May 20, 2008 05:00 PM

That's an excellent idea, Greg. And as an added bonus we'll be helping to restore all the coral reefs and supply habitats for the fish!

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 20, 2008 05:54 PM

I was going to post something eloquent and detailed and complicated and blah blah blah, but I'm too tired after a day in court, so I'll just say: Fuck Greenpeace.

Posted by: Dave J at May 20, 2008 06:43 PM

I'll second Dave J's sentiment.

Posted by: Gunslinger at May 20, 2008 09:36 PM

Nobody elected the EUrocrats, anyway - so why shouldn't Greenpeace just shove their oar in? Except of course that they should stfu in general anyway.

Posted by: nightfly at May 21, 2008 01:05 PM