This is what happens when the geniuses who ridicule us for questioning their absurd theories get a chance to do something in the real world:
It took only days to create what was touted as the world’s largest artificial reef in 1972, when a well-intentioned group dumped hundreds of thousands of old tires into the ocean. Now divers expect to spend years hauling them to the surface.
The tires turned out to be a reef killer, turning a swath of ocean floor the size of 31 football fields into a dead zone.
Military crews began retrieving the tires this week from about 70 feet underwater, where they had broken loose from bundles and wedged along a natural reef. As of Thursday, they had pulled up about 1,600 of the estimated 700,000 tires that must be hauled to the surface.
The tires are “a constantly killing coral-destruction machine,” said William Nuckols, who is coordinating the cleanup. “They had to come up.”
The dumping of nearly 2 million tires began in 1972 with much fanfare by a group called Broward Artificial Reef Inc., which had the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers, support from Goodyear and help from hordes of volunteer boaters.
The project was intended to attract a rich variety of marine life while disposing of tires that were clogging landfills.
But hurricanes, tropical storms and cold fronts created wave action that loosened the tires and moved them around, killing part of one of three coral reefs off Fort Lauderdale, said Broward County marine biologist Kenneth Banks. Hundreds of tires have also washed up on beaches over the years.
If left unchecked, the tires could kill acres of coral and eventually start destroying other nearby reefs.
The idiots who built these tire reef undoubtedly believed in Heliocentrism. They probably believed in Darwinism and “global” warming, too. Their brilliant plan is costing the state of Florida $60 million, killed more reefs than it saved, and squandered the valuable oil in those tires for 35 years.
If we let these moonbat morons control our environment, we’ll all starve to death or drown in our own trash. Anyone who’d trust an environmentalist after a stunt like this ought to have his head examined. If you ask me, those tires should be saved for the winter, then burned in a bonfire in northern New York. If nothing else, they could keep decent Americans warm. That’s more important than some Hippie paper recycling.