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Greenpeace opposes Chlorine in Water—–Greenpeace | Big Green Radicals——Greenpeace maintains a fundamentalist opposition to its use. According to Greenpeace’s Joe Thornton, “There are no uses of chlorine which we regard as safe.” It maintains a wholesale rejection of “the use, export, and import of all organochlorines, elemental chlorine, and chlorinated oxidizing agents.”

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CHLORINE IN WATER

Chlorine in drinking water is widely considered to be one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century, killing the microorganisms within it, and making it drinkable. It is credited with virtually eradicating water-borne diseases such as cholera. Chlorine also provides the earth’s population with 85 percent of all pharmaceuticals and vitamins. Despite these facts, and broad support of water chlorination from the scientific community, Greenpeace maintains a fundamentalist opposition to its use. According to Greenpeace’s Joe Thornton, “There are no uses of chlorine which we regard as safe.” It maintains a wholesale rejection of “the use, export, and import of all organochlorines, elemental chlorine, and chlorinated oxidizing agents.”

Opposition to chlorine was the final straw for Greenpeace founding member Dr. Patrick Moore, who left the organization in 1986 when it decided to support a universal ban on chlorine in drinking water. Moore argues that Greenpeace today is motivated by politics rather than science and that none of his “fellow directors had any formal science education.” Nowhere is this better exemplified than with Greenpeace’s rejection of chlorine.

 

 

 

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