Evil holds sway in this world, so while it was appalling, it wasn’t really surprising to find out earlier this week that an Oregon “green energy” plant that turns waste into electricity for public use was stoking its generators with biomedical waste from British Columbia that may have included the bodies of aborted babies.
Abortion has always been a ghastly and ghoulish business, and the bodies have to wind up somewhere. Also, it’s well understood by thinking people that the abortion industry is about making money, not about health care or respect for women’s rights or any of the fluffy bunny-loving nonsense in their promotional literature.
But burning the carcasses of children to create electricity for use in the homes of children? That seemed a little too “Soylent Green Meets Matrix” even for progressives.
Thankfully, there are still some people in authority who agree.
The Marion County Board of Commissioners has announced that it is putting an end to the practice of incinerating “fetal material” at the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy plant.
Upon hearing about the horror being perpetrated at the power facility, the commissioners were livid and called an emergency meeting.
“We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility,” said Commissioner Janet Carlson. “We did not know this practice was occurring until today. We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future.”
Thursday, the commission ordered the plant to immediately stop accepting all medical waste. Next week, it will discuss at its regular meeting what to do about the ongoing situation. According to information from the commission, similar medical waste may have been accepted by the plant from Washington state, not just British Columbia.
The company that operates the plant said through a spokeswoman it was unaware of all the contents of the waste it was accepting, but that it included “fetal material” such as placentas and not whole baby carcasses. (A cynic would note that abortions tend not to leave babies whole.)
“There were no baby fetuses in the waste stream,” said Jill Stueck, Covanta vice president of communications.
The commission will vote on new contracts that will ban “fetal material” from being accepted. The contract with Covanta has earned about $4 million a year for the county.
While it would have been better to exercise more oversight of the power plant from the beginning, it’s at least good to see public servants for once acting swiftly in the public interest.