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HOW I LEARNED TO QUIT WORRYING AND LOVE SHELL PESTICIDES

And then came the the Dieldrin/Aldrin pesticide revelations a decade later. OOPS. As it happened to be 99+% of all Americans had measurable amounts of Shell’s favorite (and very carcinogenic) pesticide in their bodies. As it happened to be, America was being poisoned, slowly but surely.

By a former employee of Shell Oil USA

When I was a kid a movie came out that was one of Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers best pieces of work. It is called: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

This movie is a dark satire about a crazed American Air Force General (played by Sterling Hayden) that goes looney tunes and launches a nuclear B-52 bomber strike against Russia. This nutcase General is obsessed with what he believes to be poisoning of America by the Commies through the addition of fluorine to drinking water. The fluorine is poisoning our ‘precious bodily fluids’. Slowly, but surely. Of course, everybody knows he is a nutcase and the Commies weren’t poisoning America. The movie ends in nuclear Armageddon. Sellers had a number of roles, including one as an ex-Nazi nutcase scientist.

The irony of the movie is that everyone knew it was not possible to poison the entire country.

And then came the the Dieldrin/Aldrin pesticide revelations a decade later. OOPS. As it happened to be 99+% of all Americans had measurable amounts of Shell’s favorite (and very carcinogenic) pesticide in their bodies. As it happened to be, America was being poisoned, slowly but surely.

Kubrick and Sellers (and the US AIR FORCE) got it all wrong. It wasn’t the ‘filthy red’ Commies that were poisoning America. In real life it was those upstanding ‘roader pig capitalists’, Shell Oil, USA. And they were making their poison on a US military reservation. How about that. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Ah yes, ‘We have met the enemy and he is us.’

Hollywood might try a remake of the film. This time they could call it: DR. STRANGELOVE, OR HOW I LEARNED TO QUIT WORRYING AND LOVE SHELL PESTICIDES. The movie could end with the US Air Force B-52’s dropping precision guided munitions on Shell headquarters in the Hague, London, Houston, etc.

No? Shucks, guys. You have no sense of humor. Who at Shell would be the nutcase neo-fascist?

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