There’s a line from an old classic film… “Soylent Green is People!”
But that’s just a film, right? That’s far too over-the-top macabre to have any connection to real life, right?
The premise of the movie was that to address a resource shortage (food) people began looking to non-traditional sources. Food was produced out of things like plankton from the oceans. When those supplies were running low, innovative (read: opportunistic) corporate bad-guy types were recycling dead people and adding them to the food supply. But it was super-secret and nobody was supposed to know.
What’s this got to do with Oregon?
Simple. They’ve tapped into a Soylent Green solution of their own. Who knows… maybe this is (like Charles Heston’s character discovered) more commonplace than we think.
Don’t worry, though. Oregon isn’t adding human corpses to the food supply. [So far as I know.]
Food wasn’t the problem Oregon was addressing. There is, actually, a different resource supply issue being solved there. Our Soylent Green issue is actually an Energy issue.
Turns out that Oregon imports medical waste from British Columbia, Canada, and according to Kristin Mitchell of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, “…the “biomedical waste” likely ends up at the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon since it is the only facility that uses waste to power the grid.”
The Lifesitenews article describes the process:
The power facility, located in Brookes just off the I-5, burns waste in two massive boilers at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat transfers into water tubes, which creates steam to drive turbines. The turbines generate electricity.
A 2007 article about the Marion waste-to-energy facility that appeared in the Willamette Live — ironically titled “Burn, Baby, Burn” — stated that at the time the incinerator burned about 800 tons (1,764,000 pounds) of medical waste per year.
What do we know about that waste? Well, according to the Province of BC, that waste includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”
Isn’t it ironic how a State that does not use electricity as a means of Capital Punishment uses unborn children to produce electricity?
But in light of that fact that Earth Day founder’s girlfriend, Holly Maddux, was discovered decomposing in a trunk in his apartment, perhaps this “Soylent Green Energy” shouldn’t surprise us.
Good people of Oregon, the next time you go to the kitchen to use an appliance, remember this: it may be the crushed hopes of an unborn child powering your microwave.