Dirty Deeds: How the ‘Green’ Energy Cult Stole the English Language

Wind power. Pure, as the driven snow….

 

Following the theme of yesterday’s post, Alan Carlin is also hot on the trail of so-called ‘green’ activists and their hypocritical push for so-called ‘clean’ energy.

The Climate Alarmists’ Gross Perversion of the Word Clean
Carlin Economics & Science
Alan Carlin
20 July 2017

Climate alarmists have gone to endless efforts to gain public acceptance of their doomsday premise that the world must greatly reduce its use of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.

They have fudged the surface temperature data, used meaningless climate models, argued that human emissions of carbon dioxide will warm the planet despite the strong evidence to the contrary, and so on, but their greatest perversion is of the English language.

They have branded CO2 as a pollutant and claimed that reducing it is necessary to make the world “clean.” All the alarmists from Gore to McKibben to Obama are guilty of this; in fact, the use of this terminology is so uniform that one suspects that they all have been coached to say it at every opportunity.

Unfortunately, their efforts have even been supported by the Supreme Court, which decreed that CO2 is subject to regulation by the USEPA under the Clean Air Act despite no real support for this in the legislative history.

The Alarmists’ Biggest Propaganda Weapon

Since no one is opposed to something being clean, this is by far the alarmists’ biggest propaganda weapon. They have eagerly seized it and are running with it as hard as they can, despite its inapplicability in this case. They often combine it with the additional adjective “renewable” and refer to wind and solar-generated energy as “clean renewable” energy.

CO2 emissions from using fossil fuels to generate energy, on the other hand, are characterized as “dirty” even though they are invisible, so cannot be perceived as clean or dirty by anyone.

But how can they get by with such a gross perversion of reality and the language? Plants must have adequate levels of CO2 in order to live, and have been shown to grow better with higher atmospheric levels; if they all die, Earth will become a truly dirty, lifeless landscape with endless piles of blowing sand and dirt and starving humans. Plants came close to mass starvation during the last ice age because of the low levels of CO2. CO2 is essential for plants and indirectly for animals.

Why Wind and Solar Are Actually Very Dirty

So the alarmists are actually arguing that life on Earth should be dirty and plants must be allowed to die in order to keep life-giving atmospheric CO2 levels down. The alarmists’ favored means for reducing CO2 emissions actually have many important dirty aspects such as bird and bat kills, rare earth mining, hideous wind and solar plants spread over huge areas, and difficult and slow removal of abandoned windmills and solar facilities after the subsidies are cut.

This does not make CO2 reduction “clean”; it makes it anti-environmental, anti-poor people, and ultimately “dirty.” But there is no rational basis that anti-environmentalist actions are “clean.” As Matt Ridley has recently observed:

As for resource consumption and environmental impacts, the direct effects of wind turbines — killing birds and bats, sinking concrete foundations deep into wild lands — is bad enough. But out of sight and out of mind is the dirty pollution generated in Inner Mongolia by the mining of rare-earth metals for the magnets in the turbines. This generates toxic and radioactive waste on an epic scale, which is why the phrase ‘clean energy’ is such a sick joke and ministers should be ashamed every time it passes their lips.

It gets worse. Wind turbines, apart from the fiberglass blades, are made mostly of steel, with concrete bases. They need about 200 times as much material per unit of capacity as a modern combined cycle gas turbine. Steel is made with coal, not just to provide the heat for smelting ore, but to supply the carbon in the alloy. Cement is also often made using coal. The machinery of ‘clean’ renewables is the output of the fossil fuel economy, and largely the coal economy.

A two-megawatt wind turbine weighs about 250 tonnes, including the tower, nacelle, rotor and blades. Globally, it takes about half a tonne of coal to make a tonne of steel. Add another 25 tonnes of coal for making the cement and you’re talking 150 tonnes of coal per turbine. Now if we are to build 350,000 wind turbines a year (or a smaller number of bigger ones), just to keep up with increasing energy demand, that will require 50 million tonnes of coal a year. That’s about half the EU’s hard coal–mining output.

The time has come for climate skeptics to actively claim their rightful ownership of the word “clean” when discussing climate rather than allowing climate alarmists to do so.
Carlin Economics & Science

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Comments

  1. Interesting article. Not sure I totally agree, but well written.

  2. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    Here is another story suggestion….Dirty Deeds: How the ‘Green’ Energy Cult Stole scientific research

    At these three posts is 100 percent scientific proof, of government approved fraudulent wind industry research. Anyone that looks at these posts can determine the truth being hidden about wind energy impacts. It is an ugly truth about an industry of liars and fraudsters, killing off a multitude of species across the world.
    I encourage everyone to look them up on the internet in order to understand how this industry fabricates their own research. This scientific fraud It has been taking place for decades and as I point out, has eroded to the absurd. Anyone with an IQ above 80 should be able to discern that that when are looking at these contrived results, they are looking at fraudulent wind energy research. Readers should also keep in mind that the contrived research tricks shown in these posts also carry over other wind energy related research and media correspondence.

    The three posts-
    Proof of Interior Department Fraud and Collusion………… In this post I present proof of rigged Interior Department golden eagle research. I also point out the ridiculous methodology used and why their number building scheme, is at least ten times too high. Similar fraudulent data building research has been conducted in Scotland to hide a rapidly declining population of golden eagles. A population being killed off by wind turbines.
    Must Read: MAPLE RIDGE WIND POWER AVIAN AND BAT FATALITY STUDY REPORT…………. In this post I present proof of completely inconsistent, biased and unscientific research. This unscientific research was being conducted at the same time, at different wind farms, around similar wind turbines by some of the same people.

    Copy these lists and present them to the slimy turbine peddlers at every community meeting……………. At this post and in the comments, readers will understand how the fake Wolfe island studies, hid tens of thousands of wind turbine carcasses with government approved research.

  3. parliamentofideas says:

    As usual, Alan Carlin does an excellent job of describing in succinct terms the horrors of wind turbine energy collusion and environmental fraud.

  4. Correct observations,
    But not limited to English, but also introduced in other languages.

    Andy, Eike

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