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'Delay, Distract, and Derail': New Report Reveals How Plastic Polluters Have Avoided Regulation Worldwide for Decades

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/17/delay-distract-and-derail-new-report-reveals-how-plastic-polluters-have-avoided


Devolve, Deny, and Deceive.


We’re filling the world with plastic, including our own bodies.
Suffocating in the dregs of consumer capitalism.


as the plastic industry is one of the big oil interests behind the collapsing of our ecosystems–this is simply further proof of the consistent criminality of corporate culture–these companies should NOT be allowed to exist , continue their damage to our ecosystems, should have their assets seized to pay for the mitigation of the harm they have ALREADY done in pursuit of profit, the administrations charged with the rampant destruction of our world,and thrown in jail-their personal assets seized and put to use in the mitigation effort --and since their product is even polluting our bodies , the life on this sad world, and causing death to plant and animal across our whole ecosystem–be considered as the corporate killers they -in fact- are --remember–capitalism is the system that exploits any and all resources -regardless of the consequences of that exploitation FOR THE MONEY–


Lots cheaper to buy a politician. Which explains most of the world troubles.


Trump has the worst record on environmental protection of any president. It’s not about what happened under previous administrations, it’s about what’s happening right now.
And right now, Trump is an environmental destroyer and must be purged from power.
As for Trump and Vlad Putin, Trump has publicly stated how much he admires Putin, and has repeatedly defended Putin.
Some people credibly suspect that Putin’s trolls post comments on progressive internet sites!


shines a welcome light on the shadowy world of corporate lobbying."

Is there ANY corporate lobbying that does NOT operate in the shadows?

I don’ know if lobbying can be stopped completely, but it needs to either be ended, or controlled some how. The current system is a track to Fascism


History matters. Obama Doubled oil extraction over Bush

When President Bush – regarded as a pro-drilling and oilman – first took office in 2001, the US field production of crude oil stood at 5.8 million barrels per day (bpd). At the end of his first term in 2005, the production stood at 5.4 million bpd, with a low of 3.8 million bpd in August 2005. In 2008, at the end of his second term, the average production was around 5 million bpd.


President Obama, in contrast, was not generally seen as a bosom friend of the oil and gas industry. His administration’s move to block the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline stand out in particular. It also blocked offshore drilling in the Arctic, while putting additional regulations on the fossil fuel industries. Ironically, he presided over rising oil production in his first 7 years in office (from 2009 to 2016), an increase from 4.9 million bpd, when he took office, to 9.4 million bpd.


Quite interestingly, the oil and gas policy outlook seems to have come a full circle under President Trump . While it is too early to tell, he has taken a slew of decisions related to the oil and gas industry.

From Oct 2017 so probably more on this somewhere

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A tough, well designed plastic recycling /melt down machine that can produce plastic aggregate foot boards for specified construction use.

Why is there not a good old capitalistic business approach, form a labor cooperative that collects, melts down and forms upcycled basic products that be sold/bought.

Some of the major philanthropic groups should be tapped in the old ‘liberal’ sense to turn the $#it show around and halt the destruction.

Hold the plastic-depoendant industries ACCOUNTABLE. tax THEM to PAY for RESOLUTION of THE PROBLEM

that’s just a tad too radically regressive to even entertain

It’s too bad that our entire world economy and human population is based on fossil fuels not just for energy but for plastics, fertilizer, and many other products that sustain the technoindustrial grid.
The American people and American presidents are all “friends of the oil industry.”
Every time a person uses an internal combustion engine, they’re part of the problem.
We’re in a civilization trap, and nobody can see a way to unbuild the human grid, which is totally based on plundering the earth and innocent creatures.
For more on this, read the two Endgame books by Derrick Jensen.

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Indeed regressive:

"When used as nouns, assassination means the murder of a person, especially for political reasons or for personal gain, whereas murder means an act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human. murder of a person.


“Use the adjective regressive to describe something that moves backward instead of forward, like a society that grants women fewer and fewer rights each year. Something that’s regressive, on the other hand, gets less developed or returns to an older state.”

During the economic recession (2008) when 5 million people lost their homes, a lot of them just left their possessions too. There was no organized recycling and a good share of that stuff went to landfills. Bank owner property values. So this is really a question of values on a large scale.

Not until corporations are forced to be responsible and held accountable for the products they produce from start to finish, including and especially being thrown in prison (corporations are now people, right, 5 neocons SCOTUS stooges said so) in addition to monetarily is all this nonsense going to stop. Additionally, every product, yes, every product must pass an environmental impact statement. Packaging, chemicals, recycling, … , … , … . No more produce it, get rich, throw it away, down the drain, up in smoke, it’s now somebody else’s pollution, somebody else’s problem, laughing all the way to the bank. Extreme, extreme, what’s extreme is that if you stopped all the plastic from being dumped in the oceans today, not another piece, it would still take decades, plural, and then some, to clean it up! This is insanity!

FYI, ~https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/18/worlds-top-firms-environmental-damage

The cost of pollution and other damage to the natural environment caused by the world’s biggest companies would wipe out more than one-third of their profits if they were held financially accountable, a major unpublished study for the United Nations has found.

33% seems reasonable, thats 67% profit.

Using Statista ~https://www.statista.com/statistics/222127/quarterly-corporate-profits-in-the-us/ (because they were at the top of search) to add the 4 quarters of profits for 2019 we have
Profit is the amount of money over paid by the buyer, btw.
This is just in the USA
2,766,200,000,000.00 to clean the planet
5,532,400,000,000.00 profit.
This math works for me.
How many jobs does cleaning the planet create?
How much money in taxed income for the workers?
How much money and tax created by new businesses and tourism?
AND finally… how much profit would that make?
Looking more and more like an investment opportunity to me.

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Goes to show how absolutely absurd the conservative’s crying about taxes and regulations all the time really is. Bunch of greedy bastards is what they are.

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Apologies, oldgoat, for my insolent earlier comments. Hope you’ll forgive my youthful hotheaded hubris.