John Ransom

Once “the most beautiful man in the world,” Redford now has big, red, locks of hair that look suspiciously like the product of some type of petroleum or fossil fuel byproduct. And if you ever had a whiff of hair dye, you’d know that all of them smell like the toxic discharge from Three Mile Island. 

Indeed, a peek at the FDA website on hair dyes makes me think that Redford better get on board with the Keystone XL, or lose his new, fire-engine red hair forever.

“A hair dye product containing a non-approved coal-tar color” says the FDA, “which is known to cause adverse reactions under conditions of use cannot be considered adulterated if the label bears the caution statement provided in section 601(a) of the FD&C Act and offers adequate directions for preliminary patch testing by consumers for skin sensitivity. The caution statement reads as follows:

Caution - This product contains ingredients which may cause skin irritation on certain individuals and a preliminary test according to accompanying directions should first be made. This product must not be used for dyeing the eyelashes or eyebrows; to do so may cause blindness.”

Coal-tar? Could it be true? Could the guru of all environmentally friendliness, the disciple of anarchists, be using a petroleum product (or coal-tar) on his head, or even- gasp- a cancer causing substance that can cause blindness? 

Seems likely.

According to WebMD, most hair dyes use either petroleum or coal-tar to bind the color in hair dyes to hair.

But that’s not all.

Huffington Post Canada now reports that only about 10,000 protestors- not 40,000 that rally organizers claimed- showed up in the bitter cold over the weekend to protest in DC according to “one police officer in attendance.” And these protestors were apparently bused in by 130 diesel-fueled buses from around the country. Or so says Sierra Club honcho, Howie Chong.

The truth, so it seems, on this weekend at least, about protestors, organizers and the stars that feed he global warming frenzy, needed to be fueled by fossil fuel, global warming be damned.    

The protest, the participants and the head count, in short, were a petroleum-based, dye job all the way around.

Now that’s way cold, even in DC. 

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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