The title of this article is Would You Recycle 97 Tons of Steel? I sure hope you would.
I was recently watching a show on Discovery about the sinking of a retired aircraft carrier, the 888-foot USS Oriskany.
The Oriskany, commissioned in 1950 and named after an American Revolutionary War battle, saw duty during the Korean War and was home to John McCain when the Navy pilot and future senator served in Vietnam. It was also among the ships used by President Kennedy in a show of force during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. It was decommissioned in 1976.
The Oriskany became the first vessel sunk under a new Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into reefs that can attract fish and other marine life.
Korean and Vietnam War veterans aboard charter boats watched from beyond a one-mile safety perimeter as the “Mighty O” went down in 212 feet of water, about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach.
It was a very interesting show. It took lots of planning, a massive crew, 500 pounds of plastic explosives, $20 million dollars and two years of gutting to get it ready to sink. They were really focused on having it sit perfectly upright on the sea floor as if it were still floating topside. Why they were so focused on this I will never really know, but I read where a 2004 Florida State University study estimated Escambia County would see $92 million a year in economic benefits from an artificial reef that would bring a long-awaited economic infusion from sport divers and fishermen. Maybe this is why they were so focused on it being upright. I dunno.
I honestly can’t get over the fact that they sank it instead of recycling it. I mean they had 100 tons of chain alone onboard, imagine what the entire ship weighed. Imagine how many cars, tanks, aircraft, and so on could have been built from the recycled steel.
Instead of recycling, steel and iron miners continue to gouge the earth for ore.
See picture below as an example of what I am talking about.
Why must we gouge the earth for more more more!?! Thats like all anyone seems to be focused on these days is MORE MORE MORE.
Throw it in the gutter and go buy another. Thats the creedo of today it seems.
What a shame.
If you are not pissed off enough about waste of all that steel, the Environmental Protection Agency in February approved sinking the ship, which had toxins in its electrical cables, insulation and paint. EPA officials said the toxins will slowly leach out over the estimated 100 years it will take the carrier to rust away, and should pose no danger to marine life.
If it was even a thought, or to even be questioned, it should have never been done.
This kind of waste that goes on all the time, just really chaps my ass to no end.