Why?:Destroy the Rainforest

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“We destroy to rebuild and in the process we achieve perfection. Let's start with the Rainforest.”
~ Oscar Wilde


"Turn us into paper, please."

The rainforest is a large yet useless tract of land somewhere in South America or Africa or whatever (I forget what country) covered with trees and monkeys and shit[1]. It is currently the world's largest source of wood[2]. Efforts to eliminate the dangerous trees which pollute the sky with their green arms reaching upward to heaven are continuous every day, with an estimated 10,000 square miles being cut yearly and justifying its destruction.

The rainforest is surprisingly lifeless. The rainforest averages about 0.75 people per square mile[3], making it one of the most barren habitats on Earth. This is mostly due to the rainforest's heavy animal population and extremely brutal climate, which experiences well over 150 cm. of precipitation annually, officially making it Earth's biggest waste of space.

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The rainforest is home to over 2.5 million bugs and 2,000 species of birds and mammals which serve little or no purpose. The tapir, an animal so ugly and hideous that many biologists deny its existence, can only be found in the rainforest. Honestly, what benefit do you get from all of these animals[4]?

A result of deforestation, or progress?[5]

Toucans are better exploited on cereal commercials than they are in any stupid rainforest. Monkeys are better off in zoos, and anacondas are better off just not existing.

Let me ask you something: is the Norwegian blue, a bird native exclusively to the rainforest, going to help you get a college degree? Is a black panther going to pay your mortgage? And when's the last time a red-bellied piranha helped you build a deck on your front patio[6]? Face it: the animals of the rainforest are a waste of oxygen.

Plantlife in the rainforest is even duller than the animal life. Here's a fact: more than two thirds of the world's plant species are found in the tropical rainforests. Yawn. All they do is sit there, and they don't even grow in the form of fun shapes like Chia Pets. There's no point in conserving this many trees, considering rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface. There is clearly an over abundance of trees in the world anyways. Trees are everywhere. It's getting to the point where you can't even go to a park without seeing a tree.

Scientists also estimate that more than half of all the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforests, like the Amazon, also happen to produce 40% of Earth's oxygen. Wow. Sounds like a strenuous task. Making air? Get a day job. If anything, this is good enough reason to get rid of it.


Think of all of the wood that you enjoy in your day. Desks, baseball bats, toothpicks, Station Wagons, and even paper all come from trees. Man has clearly been blessed with a plethora of this natural, renewable source known as "wood". Who are we to reject this gift?

Below is a list of things that the rainforest would be better off for:

  • Burning. The benefits of burning down the entire rainforest are broad. They can vary from just pure enjoyment to creating a smoke signal to contact possible extraterrestrial beings. More-so for entertainment.
  • Constructing another Disney theme park. Violence and homicide rates in Brazil are on the rise. Brazil needs a Disney theme park.
  • Tourist attraction. Think about it. If we cut down all the trees and leave nothing but the stumps, you have a huge field of stumps. These stumps can be turned into a tourist attraction. Think about it.[7]
  • The only good thing to come out of the rainforest (besides wood) is cocaine, and the rainforest is full of it. So let's harvest it. Even if we were to destroy the entire rainforest, it wouldn't be that big of a loss. My neighbor, Greg, can make his own cocaine.
  • Turn it into one really huge fucking parking garage.
  • Oil. Five bucks says there's oil there.


  1. And monkey shit.
  2. Next to your mom! Just kidding. But not really. Your mom is a wood deposit.
  3. 0.75 people is a really big midget.
  4. Besides eating them.
  5. Both actually.
  6. Well if the piranha is Mexican, you can pay it to do just about anything. But that's unlikely.
  7. I would pay to see that many stumps.

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