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Old 2017-03-21, 00:21   #8
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One last note (from me) on the Hudson piece - In estimating the true economics - i.e. factoring in the costs of any attendant nonrenewable-resource-depletion and environmental harms - of any form of energy production, it's become clear we need to not just focus on obvious harms such as radioactive waste/disaster for nuclear, air pollution for fossil fuels, and manufacturing inputs (including energy use) and processing waste products for 'green' technologies (e.g. manufacture of solar panels and installations, and batteries for power storage). For example, it's become clear over the past half-century that even 'clean' FF power such as 'clean coal' and natgas have a major environmental cost not accounted for during their rise to prominence: global warming, which has good odds of ramping up into an existential threat for humankind (and other-living-kind, as well) in the not-too-distant future. CO2 is currently considered the primary culprit, which led to a boom in natgas development and deployment, but as CH4 is an orders-of-magnitude-more-potent greenhouse gas than CH4, that may well prove to have a 'cure worse than disease' development.


Going After the Opioid Profiteers | naked capitalism
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription drugs and heroin) has quadrupled since 1999. In 2015, opioid deaths in the United States hit a record-breaking 33,000.

The [Teamsters] labor union is targeting the three largest U.S. prescription drug wholesalers — McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen — for flooding hard-hit areas with the highly addictive pills.

Between 2008 and 2012, for example, these companies shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone opioid doses to West Virginia — 433 for every man, woman, and child in the state. During that time period, 1,728 people in the state overdosed on the painkillers.
That is a height-of-the-1980s-AIDS-crisis level of death, and unlike AIDS where there ensued an unprecedented wave of medical research which led to a range of effective treatments (albeit no cure yet), there is no sign the ramping-up othe opioid crisis is abating. Sure, more money for treatment and intervention will save some lives, but that is merely dealing with the symptoms, rather than the root cause, which is mass-scale economic immiseration in flyover "deplorables" country, as a direct consequence of the neoliberal economic policies followed by the power elites starting roughly with Reagan and continuing unabated, in thoroughly bipartisan fashion, ever since.

See esp. the comment by reader 'Dave'.
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