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Green energy begins to resemble Soylent Green
Orange County Register ^ | 12/27/11 | Mark Landsbaum

Posted on 12/28/2011 9:37:33 PM PST by SmithL

The environmental movement moves so fast its champions seem to rarely stop for reality checks.

There was the wonderful idea of using corn to create fuel for vehicles that had the entirely foreseeable yet some how unforeseen result of adding to world hunger by gobbling up edible crops and driving up food prices.

There was the terrific brainstorm to create energy with giant windmills somehow without anticipating that the big blades would shred thousands of innocent birds trying to fly from here to there.

There have been so many of these unintended, but reasonably foreseeable consequences you really have to wonder why the greenies don’t learn from their mistakes.

But they don’t. As Amy Oliver and Michael Sandoval pointed out recently at Townhall.com, the booming “clean” energy movement has overlooked another not-so-slight consequence of some import.

“[R]enewable technology is neither renewable, nor clean, nor green because it relies upon rare earth elements—it’s also neither cost effective nor efficient but that’s another column. Currently the Chinese have a stranglehold over all phases of rare earth production, including mining, processing, and refining. China accounts for ninety five percent of the world market in rare earth elements (REEs).”

So, what’s the problem?

“With virtually no regulations or concerns over worker safety, the Chinese monopoly has resulted in an ecological disaster,” . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at orangepunch.ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: globalwarminghoax; green; greenenergy; greenfraud; rareaerthelements; soylentgreen; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 12/28/2011 9:37:48 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

It’s people?


2 posted on 12/28/2011 9:40:47 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: SmithL

The shredded birds may not be all that innocent: They are carrion feeders seeking an easy meal on the carrion stacked below the bird-choppers.


3 posted on 12/28/2011 9:43:02 PM PST by donmeaker (e is trancendentall)
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To: SmithL

It’s about a supernatural end-game. But, you knew that already. Otherwise, evolution really sucks.


4 posted on 12/28/2011 9:45:19 PM PST by TwoSwords
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To: SmithL

5 posted on 12/28/2011 9:58:40 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: SmithL; Hoodat

6 posted on 12/28/2011 10:00:41 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: SmithL
“With virtually no regulations or concerns over worker safety, the Chinese monopoly has resulted in an ecological disaster,”

But that hardly matters to the merrie eco-activists. As long as they get to feel good about themselves while bossing lesser people around, they are in paradise.

7 posted on 12/28/2011 10:16:44 PM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: SmithL

Given such a toxic environment, how are there so many Chinese?


8 posted on 12/28/2011 10:35:14 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon
Given such a toxic environment, how are there so many Chinese?

There were a lot of them to start with, and they've been around for a very, very long time.

As an aside, they have a "one child" policy and males are preferred. This may eventually diminish their population more than they ever intended.

9 posted on 12/28/2011 11:21:37 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: SmithL
There was the terrific brainstorm to create energy with giant windmills somehow without anticipating that the big blades would shred thousands of innocent birds trying to fly from here to there.

Sigh. It's always the innocent birds that get it. Why can't the guilty birds get it once in awhile?

Like crows, for example.

10 posted on 12/28/2011 11:38:55 PM PST by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Talisker
Crows are definitely guilty.
11 posted on 12/28/2011 11:46:56 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: SmithL

Soylent Green the ultimate social security program..


12 posted on 12/29/2011 1:12:47 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 2:02:18 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps; ApplegateRanch; Berlin_Freeper; SolitaryMan; golux; SteamShovel; Bockscar; ...
Thanx again for the ping Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

14 posted on 12/29/2011 2:19:54 PM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SmithL.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 2:34:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SmithL; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; SunkenCiv
Poll” at the end of the article:

If it's “green,” it must be . . .
good 3

subsidized 43

not well thought out 52

the fad of the moment 59

Total Votes: 157

Started: December 28, 2011


"Alternative good; nukes baaaad?

“So for each metric ton of REEs produced, an equal amount of radioactive waste is also produced..."

Yes, but a nuke power plant (on average) 'creates' 27 tonnes of nuclear waste, so isn't 'clean' wind power still better, since it doesn't pollute "at all"? To further the perspective, each 3 MW wind turbine requires two tons of REEs for the permanent magnet that converts wind into electricity. So much for “clean.” What being “green” says about you!

Oh. So a 50 turbine windfarm uses 100 tons of REEs, and creates 100 tons of radioactive waste, about the same as 4 nuke plants...BUT puts out a PEAK of 150-200 MW intermittently, while ONE nuke plant puts out 1000 or more MW steady base load. 20 times the power for the same amount of eeeevil radioactive waste.

OTOH the "green" waste is in somebody else's backyard. Sweet little Greenies are such hypocrites!

16 posted on 12/29/2011 6:30:52 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: A Satanically Transmitted Disease spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus)
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