Dump Nuclear Waste at Sea, Proposed Oregon GOP Congressional Candidate
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Mon May 24, 2010 at 10:37:31 AM EST
[note: returning to the subject of Arthur Robinson this year (2012) I've discovered my original article contained an inaccuracy - Mr. Robinson did not, as my original article stated, propose dumping crude oil waste at sea; that proposal came in a mid-1980s article from the former editor and writer of the Access To Energy newsletter, Dr. Petr Beckman, from whom Arthur B. Robinson took over the newsletter in 1993 upon Dr. Beckman's death. My original mistake was due to the Beckman article being misdated in the Access To Energy archive, as having been published on November 29, 2004. So, I've corrected and revised this article, and added material on Dr. Robinson's numerous proposals for the disposal of radioactive waste, at sea, in home foundations and insulation, and in drinking water. - Bruce Wilson]

Amidst growing national outrage as oil from BP's deep-sea oil well blowout spreads across the Gulf of Mexico and has just reached the delicate Louisiana coastline, what's noteworthy about Arthur B. Robinson, running on the GOP ticket this year for Oregon's 4th Congressional District, is his stated support for disposing of oil and nuclear waste at sea which, according to Robinson, is one of the safest places in the world to dispose of certain types of industrial waste material.

"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 (image, above, from ATE Vol. 33, #9)

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.

Arthur Robinson has proposed, over and over again* (see footnote), in his Access To Energy 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.

To complete this picture, Art Robinson's has played a leading role in the global warming denial business and claims that DDT is 100% safe and that Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring was a hoax.

In March, The American Spectator ran a warm cover story on Arthur Robinson's congressional bid, noting that,

"Robinson is best known for his "Petition Project," in which he collected 31,000 signatures from scientists who oppose the "scientific consensus" supporting man-made global warming. He also publishes a newsletter, Access to Energy."

In 1998 Robinson publicly admitted that most of the signatories to his "Petition Project" did not work in scientific fields that had a bearing on Global Warming and atmospheric study.

Formerly a talented chemist, Arthur Robinson has carved out a niche selling a Christian home schooling curriculum developed by his late wife, who according to Robinson compiled it curriculum from material culled from Christian homeschooling curricula published from Bob Jones University, the A Beka Book series, and other sources.

Robinson's curriculum "emphasizes the wonderful collection of historical novels written by G. A. Henty." According to a PBS description of  Henty's numerous formulaic 19th Century novels geared towards adolescent boys, "Henty's books are notable for their hearty imperialism, undisguised racism, and jingoistic patriotism."

In his 1884 novel "By Sheer Pluck," in a chapter titled "The Dark Continent" Alfred George Henty wrote,

"the intelligence of an average negro is about equal to that of a European child of ten years old. A few, a very few, go beyond this, but these are exceptions...

Living among white men, their imitative faculties enable them to acquire a considerable amount of civilization. Left alone to their own devices they retrograde into a state little above their native savagery."

The Robinson Self Teaching Curriculum includes, as a reference for students, a 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica and a 1611 King James Version of the Bible which "is the foundational book of the Curriculum."

Signatory to A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism, a 2001 statement, from the creationist Discovery Institute, that challenges the Theory of Evolution, Art Robinson in 1986 co-authored with Dr. Gary North a book on how to survive nuclear war titled, Fighting Chance: Ten Feet To Survival. The book advocated bringing back the so-called "Duck and Cover" civil defense approach promoted by the US government civil defense film "Duck and Cover" shown in US schools to schoolchildren in the 1950's and 1960's.

Gary North, a theologian, prolific author, and former Congressional staffer for Texas Congressman Ron Paul, was a protégé of founder of the Christian Reconstructionism movement Rousas J. Rushdoony. In 1992 Rushdoony spoke at the inaugural event of the U.S. Taxpayers Party, later re-branded as the Constitution Party. In 2008 Ron Paul endorsed the Constitution Party candidate for president of the United States, and current Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul keynoted a Minnesota Constitution Party rally in April 2009.

Rousas Rushdoony advocated executing homosexuals by stoning, wanted to reimpose the institution of slavery, claimed that African-American slaves were lucky, was a Holocaust denier and a creationist, and maintained that the Sun rotates around the Earth.

Arthur Robinson's homeschooling curriculum, for "parents concerned about socialism in the public schools," contains several references to R. J. Rushdoony including a 51 minute audio recording of an interview with the now-deceased Christian Reconstructionist titan.

[for other detailed explorations of Arthur Robinson's possible political views, see here and here]


Art Robinson, Access To Energy, Vol. 25, Number 4, December 1997:

"Radiation, Science, and Health, Inc., has compiled a substantial number of such studies, which all lead to the same conclusion that low-level radiation decreases cancer, lengthens life, and enhances health.

The most sensible use of low-level radioactive waste is as a concrete and insulation additive in residential homes - especially in areas where there is insufficient natural radiation for optimum health."

Art Robinson, Access To Energy, Vol. 22, Number 9, May 1995:

"They should have just pulverized or solublized it and then dispersed it in the deep ocean where it would be so diluted as to be completely harmless and almost undetectable, but our government is determined that all radioactive waste will be stored in one large pile where it can remain dangerous for as long as possible."

Art Robinson, Access To Energy, Vol. 22, Number 6, February 1995:

"If radioactive waste were dissolved as water soluble compounds and then widely dispersed in the oceans, no health or other environmental risks would ever occur. "

Along different lines, in 1994 Arthur Robinson alleged a massive government conspiracy to inflate reported cases of HIV/AIDS, in order to justify "social engineering" :

Art Robinson, Access To Energy, Vol. 22, Number 3, November 1994:

As a resident of Louisiana, I'd like to offer our help to the good people of Oregon. They are on the cusp of a major pandemic crisis of a mutated "rust fungus" called Ug99 that is deadly to its grassy grains. Apparently, this fungus has jumped to also infect humans as well, killing 25% of those infected.
See - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36722426

This is an environmental hazard that can easily be resolved with...wait for it...crude oil. We have lots of it, Oregon needs it to stave off a bio-pandemic, it's obviously a win-win. And as Robinson has pointed out, the oil is "bio-degradable."

by Stacey Tallitsch on Mon May 24, 2010 at 03:40:53 PM EST

Just curious. And, by the way, great job with the Monvee story.  

by Bruce Wilson on Mon May 24, 2010 at 04:00:40 PM EST
Just like everything else it touches. The fungus spores are spread by air, like pollen, which is what is killing people. The petrol not only prevents it from entering the air by coating it in sticky goo, but also kills the fungus by choking it with H2s (Hydrogen sulfate gases) emited during petrol decomposing. It is bio-degradable, ya know.

Granted, the downside of the gas is that any human breathing it in, has about 12 seconds to get pure oxygen before they drop dead. But, as the would-be congressional candidate pointed out, it 100% natural.

by Stacey Tallitsch on Mon May 24, 2010 at 04:31:17 PM EST

Maybe Oregon could hire BP to mist down the state with scavenged crude from the Gulf Coast beaches.

by Bruce Wilson on Mon May 24, 2010 at 04:50:21 PM EST

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