From the Daily Mail we get an item that shows that in addition to being bird-choppers, eyesores, needing subsidization, being immensely inefficient (no wind no power) and creating noise that can drive local residents to abandon their houses, they also create a lot of pollution during the manufacturing process.
On the outskirts of one of China’s most polluted cities, an old farmer stares despairingly out across an immense lake of bubbling toxic waste covered in black dust. He remembers it as fields of wheat and corn.
Yes all you greentards, this is an environmental disaster that is being created to make investors rich and greentards all touchy-feely-feel-goody.
Live has uncovered the distinctly dirty truth about the process used to extract neodymium: it has an appalling environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology.
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials (and creates big eyesores – editor) by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.
This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for seven million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components.
You can read all about how being green is turning the water green (and other assorted colors) at the source below. This is an abomination and certainly one of the biggest cases of CO2 Insanity I have seen. The article goes into great detail about what is going on in China and I’d urge you to read the whole thing regardless what side of the global warming debate you are on.
Source: The Daily Mail
Michelle Malkin calls it straight and true in her article titled “China, the rare earth crisis & Obama’s green agenda” about how El Presidente’ wants us trading one dependency for another. Kind of like quitting heroin and switching to cocaine, either a bad deal.
President Obama is pushing solar panels and other green technology pet projects as a way to create jobs and promote energy independence.
What his eco-radical bureaucrats won’t mention is that they are simply trading one type of foreign dependence for another: From Saudi oil…to Chinese rare earth metals.
As some of you may have read, the Chi-coms are flexing their regime muscle as the world’s dominant producers of the precious minerals used to manufacture solar panels, electric cars, wind turbines, and other environmentally correct products. China accounts for 95 percent of the rare earth metals market:
Yes, 95%. Not even OPEC has that kind of control. Per the DOE they only have about 43% of the world’s oil locked up. Of course with the no-drilling policies being put into effect by the Obama administration I would expect this will increase as we decrease our own production, which by the way Mr. Obama, gives entities like OPEC even more control over the United States. Guess you geniuses forgot about that one, eh?
Why bring up oil? Well if you want to know it’s really the same crap different day that has put China in control of 95% of the Earth’s rare metals market. The greentards and Democrats have been busy closing up mines right and left, now it’s going to perhaps come back and bite us all in the butt unless we kowtow to the Chinese.
So I ask you why does the USA keep putting itself into these kinds of positions? We have plenty of oil, but no you can’t drill here, you can’t drill there, we’re about to the point where you can’t drill anywhere. We also have plenty of natural gas and coal, but the greentards don’t like that either. I’m perfectly fine with solar as long as it is price-competitive, but that isn’t going to happen when the Chinese control 95% of the market and can jack the price up.
This also puts our defense industry at risk. Need some rare materials for that guided missile? If the Chinese don’t want you pointing one at them they can merely refuse to sell it to us. It also, if you think about it, puts Taiwan at risk. The Chinese don’t make any bones about wanting it back and it they can effectively neuter the rest of the world’s armies, navies and air forces, then they can pretty much do what they damn well please.
A lot of people in a big building in Washington, DC with a big dome full of hot air need to wake the hell up before it’s too late and we’re mired in the mud trying to get minerals and oil after everyone realizes we’re all bark and no bite and they turn off the spigots.
Source: Michelle Malkin
In a mysterious epidemic of common sense Congress has dumped their effort to cap carbon emitting from power plants. The Wall Street Journal calls it “major blow to one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities.” I call it a victory for the USA because even if you believe in CO2 caused global warming, it’s still a dumb idea.
Why is it a dumb idea? For starters if they charge power plants for emitting CO2, guess who’s going to pay for it? The average American citizen, that’s who. You aren’t really naïve enough to think the power companies will absorb the cost are you? If you are that dumb, think about this. Pacific Gas and Electric in California is putting in smart-meters all over the place. Yes it’s costing them money, but they will be saving money reading them, too. They won’t need meter readers on foot anymore, they can now get it via wi-fi and send you a bill. Yet they still got the Public Utilities Commission to approve a rate hike to cover the smart-meters. Nice eh? They save money, we get to bear the cost of the meters. Lovely arrangement, if you’re PG & E. Like having a jeweler get Rolex watches for free and then turning around and still selling them at full market rate. Nice bump in profits with someone else paying your overhead.
It’s also mandated that they start getting a larger percentage of their power from renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Problems with those, too. I’d question if there are enough of either to make the mandated reductions and even if there are, neither provides power 24 x 7, it’s only provided when the wind is blowing or it’s daylight. They will still need to get power from non-renewable sources like coal and natural gas power plants when the renewable energy isn’t working or is working at greatly reduced levels.
That renewable energy isn’t free either. Both solar and wind are heavily subsidized. If they weren’t your power bill each month would be more than your mortgage is. So what you say? It’s subsidized by the government? Obama is sending stimulus money? It’s free? It’s your tax dollars that pay the subsidy bozo. Ever wonder why your kids education sucks or why that state college is charging higher tuition every year? Wonder why institutions such as Cal Berkeley have reduced the amount of California students and increased the amount of foreign students and now your kid is turned away? Part of it’s because they take tax dollars that could be spent on education and waste it on overpriced wind and solar power and gigantic self-perpetuating bureaucracy’s like CARB who can piss away tax money faster than a drunk sailor on shore leave.
Secondly, we’re not the number one polluter on the planet anymore, China just got that honor, India probably isn’t far behind. Now I ask what good is us spending all this money to reduce CO2 when the China and India pump it out in droves? That’s about as stupid as California’s carbon regulations being implemented. All they will do is drive up the cost of business in California and drive out what businesses haven’t left already. If you manufactured goods in California why would you want to stay here and pay more when you can move next door to Nevada or Arizona and save a huge bundle of cash, not to mention not having to deal with the bureaucrats in Sacramento? Much of the air pollution in California blows across the Pacific Ocean from China. I’ve read as much as 1/3 of it is created in China. So, I’m supposed to pay more for groceries, gas, and electricity when it’s not even going to get rid of as much as 1/3 of the pollution? Now that’s CO2 Insanity!
I hope that “sex-crazed poodle” Al Gore and all his carbon trading butt buddies lose a lot of sleep over this and that they lose a lot of money. It’s about time they get screwed instead of us for a change.