A couple weeks ago a story started circulating that a facility in a tiny town in Oregon that burns waste to produce energy was importing aborted fetuses from Canada to burn, prompting much pearl-clutching among the righteous. Glenn Beck predictably ranted about it:
Last week, Glenn Beck was very upset about reports that the biomedical waste that was being burned at an Oregon waste-to-energy facility included the remains of aborted fetuses, comparing it on his radio show to the science fiction film “Soylent Green” while screaming “electricity is people, your electricity is people!”
It was, for Beck, simply further proof that America is in a moral nosedive and will soon become “the most horrific nation on the face of the earth” as he grew somber and beseeched his listeners to “go off the grid” if this is how our nation’s energy is being produced.
“Do not be a part of that. Is there anything more evil than that?”
But as it turned out, the accusation was completely erroneous, according to Jill Stueck, vice president of marketing and communications for Covanta Energy Corporation, the company that owns and operates the plant in Brooks.
“It’s not just inaccurate; it’s completely false,” she said.
Stueck said “fetal tissue” refers to other biological material associated with birth, such as umbilical cords and placentas — not fetuses. Fetuses would be classified as “human remains” and are in a different category.
“This is a mixing-together of terms that mean completely different things,” she said. “We’re not burning babies.”
But even if it were true, so what? They’re dead. The energy company didn’t kill them. What else are you gonna do, have them stuffed and mounted?