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Where In Houston Can You Recycle Your Christmas Tree?—As Admirable Act As Recycling Your Tree Is, America Refuses To Address Climate Change

Christmas Day is over.

While you may be more tired of your relatives than you are of your Christmas Tree, it is the tree that you will have to ditch.

The City of Houston offers Christmas Tree recycling services.

This is just one of the many ways that government helps everyday people.

The City of Houston has also been nice enough to make available the flier you see at the top of the post.

Free materials for bloggers to use is indeed a fine city service.

Here is what the City says on its web page about Christmas tree recycling.

Every year, Houstonians discard thousands of used Christmas trees that could be recycled into useable items. The COH is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees to give them a new lease on life and make the recycling of Christmas trees a family tradition.

Please remove tinsel, lights, ornaments, plastic tree stands and plastic water bowls from the trees. The recycled trees will be converted into mulch, which will in turn help save landfill space and help preserve the environment.

That is very helpful information.

Here is a Houston Chronicle story about various places you can bring your tree in the Houston area.

Of course–as good a deed as recycling your tree may be and as good as it make you feel–this does not change the fact that climate change is real, and may well be due to human activity on the Earth.

The problem is that Republicans, and the wealthy interests that own the Republican Party, won’t even allow us to collect the data that would help resolve this issue.

And if climate change impacts the poor around the world more than the comparatively wealthy?

That is a problem for somebody else far away.

Our pious nation lives the Christmas spirit of consumption all year round.

Here is a website that has a lot of information about Christmas tree recycling and, also, offers a list of links from around the nation about where you can recycle your tree.

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December 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. The problem is that Republicans, and the wealthy interests that own the Republican Party, won’t even allow us to collect the data that would help resolve this issue.

    Your definition of “allow” is a strange one, in that if something is not paid for by the government, it is not “allowed.”

    Congress hasn’t appropriated funds to buy me a car; I guess those wealthy interests have forbidden me from driving.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 27, 2011

  2. Government has broad powers to act for the common good. The climate data that Republicans will not allow to be studied is worthwhile data that would serve the public. It has nothing to do with your hypothetical car. Republicans seem afraid of the facts on this issue. They don’t seem to hold out much prospect that studying the facts will vindicate the conservative position on climate change and global warming.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 27, 2011

  3. The climate data that Republicans will not allow to be studied is worthwhile data that would serve the public.

    Again, there’s nothing to be “allowed” or disallowed. The data may be studied. Feel free to study it, or to raise funds for its study. Nobody will stop you. The idea that such study is forbidden is preposterous.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 28, 2011

  4. Republicans in Congress are forbidding the governent to study this important issue. They are afraid of the truth, and care more about big corporations making money than they do the welfare of the planet and the futures of people living on the planet.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 29, 2011

  5. “Republicans in Congress are forbidding the governent to study this important issue.”

    Hell, even that isn’t true. As your link notes, “The reality: Congress is still giving NOAA those funds for climate research and data delivery.”

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 29, 2011

  6. Your fear of the truth may obscure your view as to this question. Republicans in Congress are forbidding study of this issue as they lack the confidence of their own stated convictions.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 30, 2011

  7. Go back and read the article. What’s being blocked is a reorganization of various entities into a “National Climate Service” — no research funding is being affected.

    If I’m wrong, perhaps you could name a particular study that will be stopped or not begun because this proposed bureaucratic reorganization won’t happen.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 30, 2011

  8. The story conveys Republican unwillingness to study the question in a way deemed sufficiently comprehensive to determine relevant facts about climate change.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 30, 2011


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