As I said recently, attempted expeditions to the supposed "Giant Pacific Garbage Patch" or "Plastic Vortex" have been disappointing to environmental alarmists. National Geographic is promoting the latest such voyage with a hype that strikes me as downright nutty. Take this photo:
Yes, there are plastic bottles in the ocean. But look at the water in the background!
Or this, which they use as their lead:
Is that a giant Pacific garbage patch, or just a lost fishing net with some other stuff caught up in it?
Pollution of the oceans is a major problem, but creating this image of a giant garbage vortex that looks to the rest of us like, well, an ocean, is going to backfire and make environmentalists look like liars.