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Road salt is bad for the environment. So why do we use it?
PM - 23 Dec 2017
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Probably so people don't slide on ice and die.
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    • It makes the road taste better
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    • If we were allowed to have our fucking flamethrowings we wouldnt need to worry about salt
      WOWZZERS 9 sep
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    • Fuck the environment, im just tired of cars getting all rusty from it
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    • If it's so bad for the environment, where did they get it? Spoiler alert: probably somewhere in our environment.
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    • A yes. The natural environment of ROAD
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    • I lived in alaska and they dont use salt any more cause when the snow and ice melt it flows into the river fucking with the ph balance and in turn the salmon cant do their shit properly, so now they use dirt/saline.
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    • Car fact: Road salt is horrible on cars, use sand instead
      CarFriend 10 sep
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    • My state doesnt get snow. Therefore please excuse my lack of knowledge on the subject, but how is road salt bad?
      hii314 9 sep
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    • In Montana we use course ground sand
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    • The reason its bad for the environment is because it's bad for the plants, lakes and streams that the salt will runoff towards. It can lead to fish dying, which means less fish to catch, and it leads to less plants, yes even food ones. It also gets transported down streams to oceans.
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    • Let the weaklings die
      RedLotus 9 sep
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    • The point is that there are better alternatives out there
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    • Retards:
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    • Salon is bad for the world, so why do we read it?
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    • It's also bad for cars which is more important
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    • Literally use sand, a lot cleaner and easier on cars, cheaper in some places, and works regardless of temperature
      ske3ter 10 sep
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    • Ya and people dying is even better for the environment its a win win
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    • Let’s all on September 20th delete iFunny from our phones until iFunny ends it’s c e n s o r s h i p
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    • They definitely overuse it
      Agronomy 9 sep
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    • Literally just use sand. They don’t want to use it cause they HaVE To cLeAn more
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    • Easy for a bunch of closed-minded Californians to write this
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    • cena 10 sep
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    • If it’s bad on the road it’s probably bad wherever else it is wtfs your point
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    • Wtf is salt going into the ocean gonna do, isn't that already where the salt came from?
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    • IF I CANT WEAR FLIP FLOPS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR I DONT LIVE THERE.
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    • Sand is far more effective than salt and less damaging to the environment
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    • content not available more
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    • They use sand on ice.
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    • In Montana we use gravel and then it gets brushed off at the end of the season. It’s better than road salt, does the same thing, and doesn’t destroy the road and cars. We only use salt right in front of businesses
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    • I found that using ashes is just as good if you burn word or have random ashes lying around and don't wanna slip and fall on icy stairs try it
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    • Just stop slipping its that easy
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    • Learn to drive pal. I'd prefer if my cars didnt rust away
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    • Do people even have a brain anymore like my fucking god
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    • Not to mention it rusting the fuck out of our vehicles. But yeah I'd rather have a rusty truck then a totaled truck.
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    • i’ll be right back, keep an eye on my phone guys
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    • So first grade me can eat it before school
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    • In Montana, we die like men.
      plznomor 9 sep
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    • Are we supposed to eat without salt? Smh
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    • Refrigerators and ACs have sure led us astray
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    • Sand actually can have the same effect, my city started using sand 2 years ago and it works just the same
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    • Yes but hear me out: you can find consentrated salt on every continent everywhere. And it occurs naturally. It’s the same stuff.
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    • Some questions shouldn’t be asked.
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    • It’s so if people eat shit while sliding it’s slightly more tasty shit
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    • Het chains city boys
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    • I think the chemistry of using salt is cool. Because particles are dissolved in the snow/ ice, it increases the space between water molecules, decreasing the energy required to melt ice and lowering the freezing point
      Laconic 10 sep
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    • Most states have a synthetic spray that they use instead of salt. Not Wisconsin though. Wisconsin don’t give a fuck about your nice vehicle
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    • Ah yes, the street seasoning
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    • In lake Tahoe ca they use diff stuff for the road cuz of the nature
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    • i swear niggas that live out in cali are writing this shit. they don’t even know what snow is
      RSbt 11 sep
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    • They use road salt so you have to buy more cars, they can fix more roads, and you pay more taxes.
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    • Here in the North East we use sand. So everyday in spring it feels like the beach
      fuck_boy 11 sep
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    • Use soap
      SkyAnthro 10 sep
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    • If everyone ran their cars 24/7 and used plastic straws, then global warming would fix this issue itself.
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    • Know what else is bad for the enviroment? The road...
      Mocha103 10 sep
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    • Where else would I get my salt if they got rid of the plow trucks
      Mead 9 sep
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    • In Colorado we just go ahead and let you die
      WROUGHT 9 sep
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    • doesnt sand help with tire traction on ice?
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    • Unless you're from PA where penndot puts so much salt on the ground that it's actually worse than ice.
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    • They’re aware how bad it is for the environment. However, salt is the difference between life and death up here in da Nort’.
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    • In my drive way we just use sand, is that any better then salt?
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    • Lol so are roads and houses and using electricity and a bunch of other fucking things but they make our lives easier so people say fuck the environment
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    • When we fix problems people forget that there was a problem to begin with. Then they complain about the solution to the problem. Just a big loop
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    • Ooga Booga Caveman: “Being the apex predator is the shit! Time to evolve and have a conscienceness and..oh.......Oh no :( “
      Bepps 9 sep
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    • Sand works too.
      stardeth 13 sep
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    • Humans are bad for the environment
      yurok707 13 sep
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    • Road salt is bad for your car to clean it off in the winter to avoid rust
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    • Some places use cinnamon.
      moeaholic 12 sep
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    • If it’s bad than why does Mother Nature produce it and animals eat it? 🤔
      hunebee89 12 sep
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    • They should invent heated road for the winter time
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    • In Colorado we use this special chemical mix to melt ice. Does it fuck up the environment? I don't fucking know. Am I happy that it doesn't eat through my car like salt does? Hell yeah
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    • Here in Minnesota, we use rust dust
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    • We need to invent a road that would just simply will not allow ice to form on its surface. Common chem people, ik yall are smart enough for that one
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    • It's cheap and does the job
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    • The title is click-baity. Things like road salt are important but it’s completely reasonable to regulate it to not trash our local ecosystem as long as there’s still enough to keep us safe
      jac600 12 sep
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    • I don’t care about people anymore
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    • Fun fact: humans tend to matter more to humans than some fucking plants
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    • I mean. If you got a problem with it, seek a reasonable alternative/solution. Complaining about it hardly does anything good
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    • What even is road salt? I thought salt makes ice colder
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    • Here’s what I hate about liberal America. They will target industries based that go against their values without any consideration of how many hardworking people rely on that very industry to feed their children. For some people it’s not a choice. It’s a way of life.
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    • People are bad for the environment
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    • Use sand, cheaper and does the same thing
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    • Let’s kill the environment instead of ourselves
      moombaroo 12 sep
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    • Natural selection
      dylanlook 12 sep
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    • Be a better driver. Akso if you live in an area with bad winters buy a damn car that can handle it. Maybe a subaru
      D_Wheeler 12 sep
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    • Just cuz talk are idiots in the winter doesn't mean they should dump loads of salt but since y'all still wanna go fast when it's slick
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    • Why are we concerned with road salt being bad for the environment. Wanna know what's worse for the environment. Cars, roads, factories dumping pollutants into rivers, and hell wanna know what's the worst possible thing for the environment, humans.
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    • I grew up in a town where salt wasnt allowed so they only used sand. It not as good as the sand salt mixture but it works
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    • So it makes cars fucking rust out
      CaddyV3 12 sep
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    • I remember eating that salt as a kid sometimes, hopefully I don’t get cancer or something now that I think about it
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    • So is plastic, cars, factories, and basically just the entirety of modern humanity. So, why do we use them?
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    • In Montana we
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    • Whatever happened to that project of the LED based roads? That could be heated...and warn of obstacles in the road...and were solar powered....and gave off significantly less heat....and needed so much less repair you'd probably never see road work more than like twice in your life
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    • That's why it's bad
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    • then die
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    • Why do you live in a cold area and have bad traction with your car. I can see why salting the driveways but why do the whole roads, no one is walking there.
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    • Fucking hate driving my motorcycle when there's salt because then I have to clean it when I'm done riding
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    • But fewer people is good for the environment
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    • punish the environment for its evil doings. or if you are on the opposite side, attempt to murder all humans with their own creations.
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