Filthy ‘Green’ Future: The Dark & Toxic Side of Wind & Solar Power

Where ‘green’ energy begins ….

 

There’s nothing ‘clean’ or ‘green’ about wind and solar power and anyone telling you otherwise is either an idiot, or they’re in on it.

The faux environmentalist is easy to spot: he loves industrial wind power and couldn’t care less about the environmental destruction it causes.

Faced with the rampant slaughter of birds and bats, he initially denies the evidence and then pushes the moral equivalence button, claiming that more birds are killed by cats, cars and skyscrapers. Ignoring the fact that cats, cars and tall buildings don’t kill apex predators like Eagles, Hawks and Kites. And also ignoring the fact that cars and skyscrapers deliver benefits in the form of transport and accommodation that make modern, civil societies possible. Whereas, heavily subsidised wind power delivers nothing but chaotically intermittent electricity and rocketing power prices, as a result.

The so-called wind and solar ‘industries’ are barely out of nappies, and yet they’re already responsible for a smorgasbord of toxic waste.

The magnets in wind turbine generators are made from neodymium and dysprosium, rare earth minerals mined almost exclusively in China, which controls 95 percent of the world’s supply of rare earth minerals. The processing of which has covered whole tracts of China with fields of toxic waste and giant toxic lakes.

Solar panels are a veritable toxic cocktail of gallium arsenide, tellurium, silver, crystalline silicon, lead, cadmium, and heavy earth material.

Then there’s the landfill legacy being created by wind turbine blades, with the First World cynically using the Third World as its dumping ground: ‘Green’ Energy’s Poisonous Legacy: Millions of Toxic Turbine Blades Destined for African Landfills

Thousands of 45-70m blades (weighing between 10 to 25 tonnes) are being ground up and mixed with concrete used in the bases of other turbines erected later or simply dumped in landfill. Which should worry locals: the plastics in the blades are highly toxic, and contain Bisphenol A, which is so dangerous to health that the European Union and Canada have banned it.

Adding to the summary of environmental carnage outlined above, Ronald Stein takes us to the truly dark side of so-called ‘green’ energy.

The Dark Side of Renewable Energy
Heartland
Ronald Stein
19 May 2020

The dark side of renewable wind, solar and biofuel energy is that they are not clean, green, renewable or sustainable.

The “Praise the Lord” (PTL) empire that preacher Jim Bakker built with wife Tammy crumbled thirty years ago. Today, it seems like we’re being mesmerized again in the press and social media. The rhetoric is about dispensing with thousands of products from petroleum derivatives so we can save the world from human destruction by switching to industrial wind and solar generated electricity.

Everyone knows that electricity is used extensively in residential, commercial, transportation, and the military. All of which to power motors, lite the lights and make all our medications and medical equipment. Yet it’s the thousands of products that get manufactured from crude oil that are used to “make” those motors, lights, medications and electronics.

We’ve had almost 200 years to develop clones or generics to replace the products demanded by society that we get from crude oil. The social needs of our materialistic societies are most likely going to remain for the products that have become part of our daily lifestyles, and for continuous uninterruptable electricity, not just intermittent electricity from wind and solar.

Despite the preaching about these renewable saviors, it’s becoming obvious that due to their intermittency, unreliability, and their inability to replace any of the derivatives from petroleum, societies around the world may not be too thrilled about needed social changes to live on just electricity.

Electricity is one of those products that came AFTER the discovery of oil. All the mineral products and metals needed to make wind turbines and solar panels rely on worldwide mining and transportation equipment that are made with the products from fossil fuels and powered by the fuels manufactured from crude oil.

A single electric-car battery weighs about 1,000 pounds. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving and processing more 500,000 pounds of raw materials somewhere on the planet. Never discussed by the GND or Paris Accord sponsors are the questionable and non-transparent labor conditions and loose, or non-existing, environmental regulations at the mining sites around the world for the products and metals required for renewables.

To meet the goals to go “green” will most likely cause a rare earth emergency as those “green” goals require a massive worldwide increase in mining for lithium, cobalt, copper, iron, aluminum, and numerous other raw materials such as.

  • A list of the sixteen components needed to build wind turbines are: Aggregates and Crushed Stone (for concrete), Bauxite (aluminum, Clay and Shale (for cement), Coal, Cobalt (magnets), Copper (wiring), Gypsum (for cement), Iron ore (steel), Limestone, Molybdenum (alloy in steel), Rare Earths (magnets; batteries), Sand and Gravel (for cement and concrete), and Zinc (galvanizing).
  • A list of the seventeen components needed to build solar panels are: Arsenic (gallium-arsenide semiconductor chips), Bauxite (aluminum), Boron Minerals, Cadmium (thin film solar cells), Coal (by-product coke is used to make steel), Copper (wiring; thin film solar cells), Gallium (solar cells), Indium (solar cells), Iron ore (steel), Molybdenum (photovoltaic cells), Lead (batteries), Phosphate rock (phosphorous), Selenium (solar cells), Silica (solar cells), Silver (solar cells), Tellurium (solar cells), and Titanium dioxide (solar panels).
  • The origins of the products for wind and solar are mined throughout the world, inclusive of more than 60 countries of Algeria, Arabia, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Congo (Kinshasa), Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, and Zambia.

The signatories to the Green New Deal (GND) and Paris Accord, to sunset the fossil fuels industry for a world surviving on renewable electricity would also sunset its own renewable industry that’s supposed to be the salvation for the world, as there would be no components to build the turbines and panels!

All mining and processing activities to get the iron ore and other metals that go into turbine manufacturing, transporting the huge blade beasts to the sites, and decommissioning them, are all energy intensive activities that rely on fossil fuels and the products from crude oil and leave difficult wastes behind to dispose of during decommissioning.

The useful life of wind turbines is limited, generally from 15 to 20 years, but none of the decommissioning plans are public. Mining projects, oil production sites, and nuclear generation sites are required to provide for decommissioning and restoration details down to the last dandelion. Would governments and greenies allow a decommissioned mine, oil or nuclear site similar latitudes given to renewable sites?

We can be preached to forever about “clean electricity” messages, and bedazzle farmers with the prospects of on-going revenue from renewables. However, the extensive mining worldwide for materials for millions of wind turbines and solar panels, and the decommissioning and restoration details, and the social changes that would be necessitated for societies to live without the thousands of products from petroleum derivatives remain the dark side of the unspoken realities of renewables.

The dark side of renewable wind, solar and biofuel energy is that they are not clean, green, renewable or sustainable. They are horrifically destructive to vital ecological values that will last for generations to come.
Heartland

… and where ‘green’ energy ends.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Philip Patrick says:

    So, what is your proposal to create truly sustainable energy then Ronald?

  2. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    One day those who are shouting the odds and praising these useless things will become advocates for their removal and ‘safe’ disposal and expect the rest of us sensible people to not speak of their holier than though past errant behaviour.
    They cannot openly state they are ashamed at their behaviour and would love to jump ship now, but are too afraid to be recognised by the uneducated as the fools they know they are – they will wait, all the time continuing to destroy our wonderful environments and many lives – waiting until they think we are too old and mentally stewed from effects of their heart stopping machinery and its damaging existences to be noticed. Believing when they do step out to tell the truth that the people will think they have always considered the dangers of these things should have been evident and for Governments to have stopped their spread which destroyed such wonderfully clean and productive lands.
    They will again seek praise for the actions they would now proclaim are results of their research bringing thought provoking truths, truths that no one else had thought to challenge but they had always thought these things were too good to be true and though they had tried they were not able to get the truth out into the public conscience.
    It will be portrayed they are the ones who were trying to prevent an inevitable disaster but no one was willing to listen, all people wanted was ‘free’ electricity and that trumped any dangers to the environment and human lives.
    Yes, they will eventually come crawling out into the light but no matter how hard they try they will not be able to escape the truth because as they say once something goes up on the internet it is there for good – hidden maybe, but there all the same.
    Lets hope the public conscience is awakened before then and before too much more damage is done, that the harmful ‘renewable energy’ folly is brought down never to raise its ugly head again.
    All we need to do is keep shouting as loud as we can and at every opportunity that this fallacy is too dangerous to allow it to continue, that no matter what its advocates say it is not benign.

  3. Chris Brown says:

    Can you really be that stupid!

  4. Son of a goat says:

    Has Charismatic Kane’s mum forgotten to give young Kane his monthly dose of Combantrin?

    The normally mild mannered but insipid leader of the rent seekers CEC has become increasingly irritable and tonight tweeted;

    “The fruit loops sprouting 5G COVID19 conspiracies are very familiar to those of us who dealt with wind farm syndrome 10 years ago in Australia. Often anxious & lonely contrarians fueled by a few discredited experts & celebrity fame chasers.”

    Geez I don’t see myself as an expert or fame chaser so I better see the local Pakistani quack tomorrow and stock up on Prozac.

    However the charismatic one is also unhappy with his fellow cronies, tweeting his disappointment at the lack of female speakers at an upcoming zoom luv-in, on the opportunities for rent seekers from hydrogen production.

    Kane if the female leadership is anything like your chairwoman, it’s no wonder there’s been no female invites. It might be time to get out your cattle prodder Kane and give the “Ol grey mare” a jolt.

    No ones seen or heard of her for years, at least Boy George gave it a crack.

    Speaking of George, here’s another song for those rent seekers who like Kane are out of sorts with the world.

    YODA where are you?

    Listen mate once this Covid business is all over I promise to come over and take you to a Friday night Hawks game and then go out on punt on a Spring Saturday.

    Life’s too short to carry grudges!

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  6. Hello STT.

    Collector wind farm NSW Australia approved DA P11 B23 states “the turbines shall be painted Matt off white/grey.

    On site inspections, turbines are supplied a gloss or similar. Not a Matt paint finish. How do we stop these things from being erected totally non compliant to the DA. Stop the job.

    John Hunt
    Friends Of Collector

  7. Reblogged this on uwerolandgross.

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