We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, October 18, 2012

World’s biggest geoengineering experiment ‘violates UN rules’

Click here to access article by Martin Lukacs from The Guardian.
A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Canada in July....
According to Wikipedia iron sulphate is a by-product of certain types of steel production:
In the finishing of steel prior to plating or coating, the steel sheet or rod is passed through pickling baths of sulfuric acid. This treatment produces large quantities of iron(II) sulfate as a by-product. 
Our masters in the One Percent have given many indications that they have given up on reducing the pollution of our atmosphere by their never-ending consumption of fossil fuels which feeds their addictions to wealth and power. Instead, they are now preaching the wonders of geo-engineering projects which are little more than desperate fantasies of capitalist engineers.

This article reports on one enterprising and slick American businessman, who knows how to game the system, and who sold a Canadian native tribe and the Canadian government on an idea to dump these by-products into their ocean with promises to reduce carbon. As result the businessman received money from the tribe to dump his waste iron and backing from the Canadian government which, of course, is owned and controlled by their One Percent. It wouldn't surprise me if he had received money from steel producers to get rid of this material. You have to admire his hutzpah.