I’ve always said that the global warming story is just like another product of Vandelay Industries, as some of the more alarming parts foisted on us are simply sitcom variety fiction. Even Jim Hansen’s NASA GISS office has a hilarious Seinfeld component.
Hot on the heels of the $54 million “found money” fiasco at the California State Parks department we have this just outed by the Los Angeles Times: Rampant recycling fraud is draining California cash
It’s like that episode of Seinfeld, where Kramer and Newman load up a mail truck full of bottles and cans to take advantage of the higher payoff in another state.
From the LA Times story:
The illicit trade is draining the state’s $1.1-billion recycling fund. Government officials recently estimated the fraud at $40 million a year, and an industry expert said it could exceed $200 million. It’s one reason the strapped fund paid out $100 million more in expenses last year than it took in from deposits and other sources.
Last summer, the state Department of Food and Agriculture counted all vehicles driving into the state with used beverage containers through 16 border stations. The three-month tally was 3,500, including 505 rental trucks filled to capacity with cans.
More and more, we are seeing connections between green, government handouts, and fraudulent abuse of the system. This isn’t a sustainable path.
Seems it has been going on awhile, it was reported on back in 2008, and we still have nothing done about it.