The latest revelations about the Trump administration, and the president’s personal history with environmental issues, have caused a lot of people to wonder what will happen to policies that protect the environment.
Green socialists constantly lecture us to alter our sinful ways and embrace the toughest remedies to a fictitious climate catastrophe, regardless of the economic disruption and suffering inflicted on all of us, not to mention the most vulnerable among us.
I say “imagined” because I strongly disagree that any climatic abnormalities that occur should be classified as a catastrophe needing drastic actions to address.
The first assumption in “fighting climate change” is that it is possible to do so. None of the suggested or required remedies, no matter how drastic, will have any discernible impact on the climate. The Earth’s climate is a massive heat engine propelled by incomprehensibly strong natural forces that quickly outstrip our best efforts, which are akin to a mosquito trying to halt a vehicle on a highway.
For example, even if America fully de-industrialized and returned to a pre-fossil-fuels lifestyle, our global temperature would not decrease by a single degree over the next 100 years. However, for 99 percent of us, poverty, illness, and a brutally short and unpleasant living would be very real and long-lasting.
Atascadero, we’re going to get through this together.
In addition to being completely incorporated into the production of so-called alternative, renewable energy sources, the elimination of fossil fuels would result in the abolition of roughly 6000 goods that we usually rely on and that are important components of our society. In reality, no alternative energy source could be produced or run without fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources still need fossil fuel, hydroelectric, or nuclear power plants to ensure grid stability, which alternative energy sources are unable to supply.
For component components, operation, and particularly large-scale mining activities for critical minerals situated in ecologically sensitive areas, solar/wind/battery storage energy systems rely significantly on fossil fuels. They’re also most common in countries with the poorest human rights records and apathy for environmental damage. An electric vehicle today is reliant on minerals acquired via the extensive use of slave and child labor, huge landscape damage, soil instability, and ground-water pollution by dictatorial governments unconcerned with Western sensibilities or morality.
Proposed solar systems will need millions of acres of land, mainly in arid western regions, to generate the huge amounts of electrical power necessary to execute the “Green New Deal,” despoiling vital habitat and obliterating hundreds of endangered species. When the panels deteriorate and need to be replaced, the poisonous components within constitute a hazardous waste disposal issue on par with any other chemical plant waste product.
Wind farms currently kill tens of thousands of raptors, mostly eagles and hawks, without eliciting the same level of government concern as would arise if an oil firm were to be blamed for a fraction of the fatalities. A vortex the size of a 270 mph wind may be generated at the blade tip of a wind turbine blade, which explains why people complain about noise and other disturbances. Wind turbine blades are not recyclable, and they contain highly hazardous components that seep into groundwater after being broken up on-site, transported to landfills (by fossil-fueled vehicles), and deposited. With no remedy in sight, this issue will grow exponentially over time.
Within a few years, electric vehicle (EV) batteries will account for 90% of the lithium-ion industry. The production of these batteries is highly energy-intensive, necessitating extensive usage of fossil fuels as well as environmental damage from mining activities for key mineral components. The average electric vehicle battery weighs 1000 pounds and includes 25 pounds of lithium, 30 pounds of cobalt, 60 pounds of nickel, 110 pounds of graphite, 90 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of steel, aluminum, and plastic components (derived from oil). To get only five of the aforementioned elements, 90,000 lbs of ore must be mined. To obtain the 90,000 lbs of ore, between 200,000 and 1,500,000 lbs of soil must be excavated, or approximately 500,000 lbs per battery. When you multiply that by the estimated 10 million electric vehicles in California, you get a sense of the magnitude of devastation needed to make the transition.
Lithium extraction necessitates the extensive usage of water in some of the world’s driest locations. In its salt flats, the South American “lithium triangle” (Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile) houses half of the world’s lithium supply. Miners drill holes in salt flats and “pump salty, mineral-rich brine to the surface,” which is then mixed with manganese, potassium, borax, and lithium and let to evaporate for months before being filtered and evaporated again. It may take up to 18 months to filter it to the point where extractable amounts of lithium carbonate are produced. Cobalt is a very poisonous metal that is also required for electric vehicle batteries. It is mainly mined by hand, with 50% of world supply coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where child labor is used. According to international child activists, the majority of these youngsters suffer horrific injuries and have their lives cut short at under 30 years old as a result of the hazardous and exploitative circumstances in which they work.
Imperialist Greens have set false political timetables for a major switch to unstable energy sources in our economy. They will impoverish the majority of Americans while supporting the wealthy’s virtue signaling. It’s unpardonable!
Ronald Stein/Todd Royal, Clean Energy Exploitations, Archway Publishing, 2021.
Pual Driessen’s Eco-Imperialism: Green Power Black Death was published by Free Enterprise Press in 2004.
Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, by Steven E. Koonin (Former Undersecretary for Science, United States Department of Energy, Obama Administration), BenBella Books, Inc. 2021.
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