With Earth Day happening yesterday, you're probably wondering what other people have done or have pushed for in a desperate attempt to save this doomed planet we're standing on. Well, you should rest easy knowing that the CIA really wants to believe that it is Earth friendly.
CIA Highlights Sustainability and Conservation Initiatives on Earth Day
The Central Intelligence Agency’s practice of shredding and burning classified papers—often referred to in movies and books as “burn after reading”—is one of several ways the CIA conserves energy, reduces its impact on the environment, and lowers costs through its sustainability efforts. Exhaust from the Agency’s on-site incinerator generates steam to heat water at CIA Headquarters. In addition to saving fuel, that process reduces the amount of waste—which would otherwise be destined for landfills—by nearly 1,000 tons per year. The CIA increases its recycling efforts each year, annually collecting over three tons of plastic, glass, cardboard, aluminum, construction debris, and other waste.
“As our nation marks Earth Day, Americans must find even more ways to promote energy conservation and preserve the environment. This is a moral responsibility,” said CIA Director Leon E. Panetta. “The Agency’s sustainability efforts also save taxpayer dollars.”
The CIA is proud that our most recently built facilities have received a Gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and consume over 20 percent less energy and approximately 40 percent less water than typical buildings of the same size and use.
Energy-efficient lighting in interior spaces and the parking lot at CIA Headquarters reduces consumption and heat output from traditional lighting fixtures. The Agency is placing meters in many of its buildings to identify where future sustainability projects might drive greater cost savings.
The CIA is dedicated to doing even more. “We are committed to environmentally-responsible practices across the Agency, and are developing innovative programs to demonstrate our commitment while carrying out the CIA’s vital intelligence mission,” said Director for Support John Pereira.
The CIA’s conservation and sustainability initiatives are led by the Directorate of Support through its Green Council, which was created in 2009 to consolidate Agency existing sustainability efforts, advance energy and environmental initiatives, and to meet federal government sustainability goals set by President Obama in Executive Order 13514.
Posted: Apr 22, 2011 09:54 AM
I need to remind you... THIS IS REAL. I didn't edit the article. I didn't alter it. This is what they actually believe. This is how they sleep at night.
It's at times like this that I want to have no shame and be able to say anything with a straight face, it honestly seems like the best skill to have. Because if they're able to send this press release out with such a straight face, I wonder how they are able to walk with bowling balls between their legs.
This has to be what you would get when you ask someone to write a paper on how they are being ecologically friendly and they just can't think of anything they actually do. I'm sure they mean well... okay, it's the CIA, I'm pretty certain they mean the worse.
It really gets me that they actually said the phrase "This is a moral responsibility". How exactly can CIA director Leon E. Panetta say that? He does realize he's a CIA employee. I don't even understand the argument presented here. How is burning things environmentally conscious? I just don't get it.
I guess opposed to putting it in a landfill, burning the biodegradable product is better than recycling because [REDACTED]
I wonder if I burn documents in light of a pending indictment, as long as I reclaim the heat, I can get a gold rating from the U.S. Green building council. I'm sure that can help me out in the eyes of the court.
Maybe I'm not looking at this in the right light. This is just the first of many Green actions done by the CIA and our armed forces. You see, by reducing Iraq to a pile of ruble that could be mistaken for something straight out of the stone age, we have basically cut all their emissions from there by almost 100%
Though I guess their per capita emissions have stayed almost the same. There's just fewer capitas tho.
But what other activities could possibly be other attempts by the CIA to go green? Maybe those cocaine shipments help target the most destructive enemies of the environment - The Black American Families.
It's just all really sad. I mean, just think about how much of a lack of transparency our country has that we have 1,000 of tons of shredded documents a year. 1,000 of tons of state secrets that we will never see. The ugly dirty secrets.
We've barely declassified some 1800's disappearing ink hidden message decoding. I wonder how long after I'm dead will the truth of all the shit the CIA has done during my life time alone will be uncovered.