comments_image Comments

Republican Suggested "Sprinkling" Radioactive Waste on America


Dump radioactive waste, from airplanes, on our heads? Mix it in our drinking water? If Muslims had proposed this, it would be terrorism, and probably a fast-track to a waterboarding station in Guatanamo. But fortunately, it's not terrorism - it's science, which would conveniently help big business dispose of its garbage by dumping it on our heads or putting it in our water, but scientifically.

If Mitt Romney exemplifies the depth of elite contempt for average Americans, we can see the logical extension of this in the Koch brothers-backed candidacy of Arthur B. Robinson, running to represent Oregon's Fourth District in Congress.

"All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean - or even over America after hor-mesis is better understood and verified with respect to more diseases." -- Arthur B. Robinson, Access To Energy, Vol. 24, Number 8. April 1, 1997

"It is unfortunate that this [radioactive, Tritium-contaminated water] under San Onofre [a CA nuclear power plant] is being wasted. If we could use it to enhance our own drinking water here in Oregon, where background radiation is low, it would hormetically enhance our resistance to degenerative diseases. Alas, this would be against the law." -- Arthur Robinson, Access To Energy, Vol. 33, Number 9. April, 2006

Arthur Robinson has proposed, over and over again* (see footnote) in his "scientific" newsletter, getting rid of radioactive waste from nuclear reactors by putting it in the foundations of people's houses or in their home insulation, dumping it at sea, or just "sprinkling" it over America, on our heads that is.

He even had a scientific rationale for this too: "hormesis", which works in theory but was considered back in 1997 to be dubious in practice. It still is. As with global warming denialism, Robinson (who I should mention also calls the theory of evolution a "pornographic", "pseudo-scientific discipline") seemed to be laying the public relations groundwork for a big science experiment, on us.

Carbon dioxide emissions have no effect on climate! Low level radiation is perfectly safe, even beneficial! -- Mass medical experiments on unwitting Americans have been done before, to the offspring of former slaves who presumably, because of the color of their skin, were considered to be ideal human lab rats (back to the slavery theme in a moment.)

To complete the picture, Robinson's run for Congress is now backed by the billionaire fossil fuel and logging baron billionaire Koch brothers - the cockles of their hearts duly warmed, I imagine, by Art Robinson's leading role in the global warming denial business, his claims that low-level radioactivity is a health benefit, his belief that DDT is 100% safe and that Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring was a hoax ( sorry, Bald Eagles, it's just the price of progress), and his apparent attitude that small amounts of whatever industrial waste gook the factories of people such as the Koch brothers spew out is in fact good for us and can be scientifically titrated out in the proper doses and added to our breakfast cereal and drinking water. It's all so very scientific.

This has not wholly escaped media notice: Back in 2010, Art Robinson made a surrealistic appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, during which Maddow homed in on Robinson's radioactive waste "sprinkling" idea and his 1994 HIV/AIDS-is-a-government-conspiracy claim (see footnote), but Maddow and other media missed the extent of the racism in Robinson's homeschooling curriculum, including content that romanticizes slavery, as well as Art Robinson's astonishingly close ties to the Christian Reconstructionism movement.