Zurich – The presence of a handful of US EPA officials in Geneva last week didn’t seem to garner many headlines, but leaks today following a clandestine meeting between them and two World Health Organization chairpersons may soon attract global attention as leaks suggest the two organizations may be planning an aggressive campaign against everyday electronic conveniences not just in the US, but the world over.
Taking their inspiration from the ‘lead based paint’ hysteria, rumors from the meetings suggest that there may soon be an outright attack by as many as 14 different health and environmental organizations from around the globe on any devices containing lead based solder and solder connections.
“We’ve suddenly seen a couple of academic studies showing up at rather prestigious progressive institutions in both the US and Europe suggesting health risks with lead based solder and solder alloys. This seems questionable as there was no prior indication of there ever having been an issue involving the wide scale use of these materials,” says Rockshard University professor Wes Burns. “It just strikes me as second-hand smoke and global warming all over again.”
And it would appear his suspicions may not be entirely unfounded. Emails have already surfaced detailing possible programming ‘irregularities’ in one of the computer models used by an eastern research center involved in the studies and at least one of the EPA officials present in Zurich was formerly associated with the IARC report on second-hand smoke.
“If they are doing what we think they are doing, it’s yet another assault on industrialized society and technology,” says Burns. “If they can stir up similar hype and hysteria, the facts won’t matter and we could see ‘sin taxes’ or outright bans on everything from your iPod to your toaster and hair dryer – virtually any electronic device.”