We have to demand new, sustainable commodities and services supply. That’s our responsibility. We have to demand that industries, economies, and socio-economic systems change to accommodate the realities of Climate Change and the needs of the Environment. We have to get ourselves educated and aware, up to date with our science and technology, our philosophy and ideology, and not leave it in the hands of the ‘expert’ adjudicators of our, and the planet’s, lives. We have to protest, demand ethical and sustainable economies, and Act. Creatively, we need to envision a different future, with a sustainable supply and demand economy, and radically, differently sourced industries. The fact is: We don’t need petroleum-based products, energy, services and industries. The widespread belief that we do is the result of an elaborately engineered con.
To reduce petroleum-based pollution, Elif Bilgin, 18, from Istanbul, Turkey, sought to achieve and successfully accomplished the creation of a bio-plastic polymer compound, made from banana peel cellulose. Winner of the 2013 Science in Action award, Google’s third $50,000 annual competition, she addressed the need for environmentally friendly alternatives to oil-based plastics. “In her journal she mentions that Thailand discards 200 tons of banana peels per day, therefore the starch and cellulose so important for plastic production could be put to much better use. From her research she discovered that potatoes and mango peels are already commonly used, therefore in Koc High School, Turkey, she began experimenting… her online science entry and easily shows how with little equipment, certain plasticizer ingredients, and starch from the banana peels, it’s possible to create a plastic that retains quality and structure long-term.” (Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/16-year-old-invents-sustainable-bio-plastic-from-banana-peels/)
In fact, Bilgin is only one of the many researchers who have created successful formulae for bioplastics. We do not actually need to continue to manufacture and consume oil-based products or energy that militates against Climate Science and the Environment.
Blaming consumers for the position we’ve been maneuvered into by corporate greed and political expediency is blaming the victim. In actual fact, we are only guilty if we complacently stay here and fail to educate ourselves as to how ingeniously we are being manipulated, dooming the planet along with ourselves, and cognitively fail to step up and become aware. This is a common and practiced consumer guilting process, used by corporations and governments in lock-step since the 1940s. We were told we had to accept the deployment of the newly invented nuclear bomb on Japanese civilians because it would save millions of Allied lives. We here in the West wanted to live, so it was our fault that the U.S. Government and weapons manufactures of the military/industrial complex had to do this terrible thing to innocent men, women and children in such vast numbers.
In the early 1970s in the States, Bell Telephone, effectively a commercial monopoly performing computing research for the U.S. government at that time, desired to increase its profits by charging for operator services that had formerly been free of charge to customers, such as Information Services. It was necessary to make the public complicit with their own fleecing, and so a public campaign was devised by behavioural scientists and experts in mass psychology to devise a strategy whereby the public was shamed into believing that they were responsible for the raise in their costs, due to their greedy overuse of Information Services. It worked, of course.
Ma Bell had a ready exemplar in the collusion of government, military and the commercial utilities from the 1950s, when the above mentioned military/industrial complex convinced the American public of the need for nuclear power plants due to their greedy overuse of, and craving for, more and more luxury appliances and the electrical energy to power them. This program, also engineered by behavioural scientists in the employ of the military-corporate cartel, worked to the point of enabling the true reason for the mass brainwashing program.
The true aim of the military industrial cartel in the 50s was to find a way to make the public pay for the large-scale production of the most toxic substance on the planet, one that does not exist in nature and that is completely man-made from depleted uranium, that being the highly unstable nuclear material, plutonium. Plutonium has one use, and one use only; it is necessary in the manufacture of bomb triggers. So, the public utility corporation was able to convince the public to pay for the production of plutonium, which is a very costly exercise requiring the processing of vast amounts of uranium. Plutonium is the real product, not the by-product, of atomic fission processing of uranium in nuclear electrical plants. Because of its production, the power and light utilities were able to be paid twice: once by the public for the production of electricity as an extraneous byproduct of uranium processing, and again — at hugely greater rates — by the U.S. government and military, for the plutonium itself.
After the American public guiltily bought the snake-oil, shamefacedly tucked its metaphorical tail between its legs, and slunk off to its newly convenienced and appliance-stocked suburban existence, Rocky Flats nuclear plant, the sole purpose of which was to process plutonium in the manufacture of bomb triggers, was opened outside of Denver Colorado. A 1982 documentary film called ‘Dark Circle’ documented the large scale human and environmental destruction caused by the operation of this plant over the years. Directed and produced by Judy Landy, Christopher Beaver and Ruth Landy, the film focuses on the connections between the nuclear weapons and the nuclear energy industries, including the dangerously toxic functioning of the plant and its plutonium contamination of the area. The creation of plutonium-239 in commercial nuclear power plants such as Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is also covered.
The film closes by highlighting anti-nuclear protest activities directed at the earthquake-prone Diablo Canyon site, on the California coast. The protests were responsible for delaying the licensing of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant and, as a direct result of the delay, serious construction errors were uncovered and made public just before the plant was activated and started producing power. The discoveries were made by a 25-year-old engineer immediately prior to initial start-up, due to the few extra days of inspection and testing he was granted as a result of the presence of protesters outside the gates. Earthquake supports for nuclear piping had been installed backwards.
I saw the film in a small art theatre in the Richmond district of San Francisco immediately upon its release. At the end of the film, the audience sat in complete darkness before the lights came up, in near total silence. You could have heard a pin drop, were it not for the subtle sound of many audience members quietly sobbing. The film won the grand Prize for Documentary Award at Sundance, and received an Emmy for “Outstanding individual achievement in news and documentary.” Regardless of widespread artistic, journalistic and public acclaim, the film, slated for release on PBS in 1985, was blocked from a wider public television audience until 1989, when it was finally aired against corporate and government agency protest.
On the heels of the disclosures of recently declassified information revealed by the filmmakers in ‘Dark Circle,’ weapons production was temporarily halted in 1989 after EPA and FBI agents raided the facility. (“Rocky Flats cover-ups alleged”. Pittsburgh Press. wire services. June 10, 1989.) Operators of the plant later pleaded guilty to criminal violations of environmental law, while refusing all comment to journalists and the public. Their fine was among the largest penalties ever exacted in an environmental law case. The cleanup effort began in the early 1990s, and ended in the decommissioning and demolition of over 800 structures. Over 21 tons of weapons-grade material were removed, over 1.3 million cubic meters of waste quarantined, and more than 16 million gallons of water were treated for contamination. Four groundwater treatment systems had to be constructed to deal with the radioactive pollution. The cleanup of the site, and the site itself, achieved regulatory closure in 2006. The Rocky Flats Plant is now gone, and the ground and groundwater are still being treated.
On May 19, 2016, a $375 million settlement was reached over claims by more than 15,000 nearby homeowners that plutonium releases from the plant risked their health and devalued their property. (“Deal Reached Between Homeowners, Rocky Flats Operators”. Retrieved 2016–05–22.) It ended a 26-year legal battle between residents and the two corporations that ran the Rocky Flats Plant, Dow Chemical and Rockwell International, for the Department of Energy. This settlement represented a mere one third of the original amount awarded, which was negated upon appeal by the corporations cited in the huge class-action. In response to both historic and ongoing reports of health issues by thousands of people who lived, and still live, in the huge radius of affected lands surrounding Rocky Flats, an online health survey was launched in May 2016 by Metropolitan State University, and a consortium of other local universities and health agencies, to test thousands of Coloradans who lived east, or downwind, of the Rocky Flats plant while it was operational.
The effects from consumption of or exposure to ground water and water supply in the area are yet to be analyzed in their entirety. The DOE itself, in a study released in prior to the FBI raid in 1989, in December, had gone on record to call Rocky Flats’ ground water “the single greatest environmental hazard” at any of its nuclear facilities.* (Siegel, Barry (August 15, 1993). “Showdown at Rocky Flats: The Justice Department had negotiated a Rocky Flats settlement, but the grand jury could not keep quiet about what happened there,” the Los Angeles Times.)
Court records from the grand jury proceedings on Rocky Flats have been sealed for years, though some activists dispute the court records’ confidentiality, including Boulder scientist, Dr. Leroy Brown, retired FBI Special Agent Jon Lipsky (who led the FBI’s raid of the Rocky Flats plant to investigate illegal plutonium burning and other environmental crimes), and Wes McKinley (foreman of the grand jury investigation into the operations at Rocky Flats and currently a Colorado State Representative). Former grand jury foreman McKinley chronicled his experiences in the 2004 book he co-authored with attorney Caron Balkany, The Ambushed Grand Jury. The book is prefaced by an open letter to Congress from Special Agent Lipsky:
I am an FBI agent. My superiors have ordered me to lie about a criminal investigation I headed in 1989. We were investigating the US Department of Energy, but the US Justice Department covered up the truth.
I have refused to follow the orders to lie about what really happened during that criminal investigation at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Instead, I have told the author of this book the truth. Her promise to me if I told her what really happened was that she would put it in a book to tell Congress and the American people.
Some dangerous decisions are now being made based on that government cover-up. Please read this book. I believe you know what needs to happen.
The guilt, blame and responsibility we are now being treated to by corporate and government, military/industrial lockstep maneuvers, aimed at exploiting shame over wanting cars, plastics, plastic products, and affordable (artificial fibre) clothing, is fallacious emotional manipulation for covert political and commercial purposes. The campaign to make us accept a deadly petroleum-based economy of oil-based products, conveniences, energy production, utilities, and services is — like the campaign to make us not only accept, but pay for, the production of the components necessary to the U.S. nuclear war machine — entirely faux, insidious, profit-driven, and unnecessary to all but the military/industrial complex and its toxic economies of scale.
Delivered via targeted advertising, planted social media memes, psychographic opinion modification algorithms, and scientific behavioural control campaigns, the toxic mediated message is meant to cause us to doubt ourselves — to consider ourselves so weak and feckless that we cannot do without the poisonous meal our ‘betters’ have prepared for us — to think that we must swallow the pernicious and false notion that the products and services we love cannot be wrought of sustainable materials, technologies and industries.
Civilization is a consensual construct, re-affirmed every day by the collective practice of, and subscription to, a precise set of theoretical constructs, patterns and beliefs about social structure, human nature, human roles and purposes, economies, function, civility, protocols and cultural forms. We can design the civilization we choose to inhabit.
* A new assessment of Rocky Flats’ radioactivity and toxicity will be conducted this year. In 2018, the Rocky Flats Wilderness Preserve will be opened to the public.