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Need to recycle our economy too. Free trade not green.
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We need to recycle our dirty economies too
Many people and communities are into recycling materials and think they are doing something good. They are to an extent but there is much more to the pollution problem than this. Free trade has impacted the way we do things deeply. Not much is said about the packaging and paper industry, products now require a lot of protection traveling up to 8000 miles to get to the market.
We wrote about the 8000 mile energy light bulb that uses enormous amounts of energy to get to market from dirty factories in China where mercury is on the factory floors. ( See Dirty Energy saving devices travel 8000 miles from dirty factories in China where mercury is out in the open on factory floors. Where even pregnant women workers get cut by the glass. Dirty Energy Saving Contradictions ) But there is even more to the story than this related to all goods we import.
As ships get bigger, the pollution is getting worse. The most staggering statistic of all is that just 16 of the world’s largest ships can produce as much lung-clogging sulphur pollution as all the world’s cars.
Fred Pierce, UK Environmental Consultant for Scientist magazine, described the conditions like this. “We’ve all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels on cross-Channel ferries, cruise liners, container ships, oil tankers and even tugboats.”
“It looks foul, and leaves a brown haze across ports and shipping lanes. But what hasn’t been clear until now is that it is also a major killer, probably causing thousands of deaths in Britain alone.”
The super container ships burn the cheapest, filthiest, high-sulphur fuel available. Nobody on land is allowed to use it. Millions of people are affected by it. The ports in the United States where tons of imports come in everyday are nests of deaths. There are no walls in the sky to protect the atmosphere.
The large trucks and container railroads flowing from the port, add to the problem as does all the hidden factors like the protective packaging needed for the long haul ride. The trucks fan out for miles around the ports invading the countryside.
There are now about 100,000 ships being used to support our long haul shipping needs and thousands more of the super container ships are being built. If only 16 super ships do as much damage as they do, just think what thousands more will do.
I also wonder how the overhead costs of long haul shipping is affordable through the process of free trade. This can only exists if the cost of labor and workers is very cheap. And as the process creates new working poor classes in the more prosperous nations the need for cheaper and cheaper labor is required to balance out the difference between consumers having high enough wages to support the process where more than a billion workers are ready to world for practically nothing to survive.
So the next time, you take out your recycles to the curb, think about all of this. If our value added local economies still existed there would be very little to take to the dump. We need to think more about recycling our economies rather that materials that never should have existed in the first place. How is all this excess stuff affecting the health of our children and future generations.
Our globalist free trade world is beginning to stink in more ways than one.
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