Planet Strippers: Amazon’s Balsa Forests Being Raped To Make Wind Turbine Blades

Stripping the Amazon basin’s forests of balsa to make wind turbine blade is all part of our ‘inevitable’ transition. So is turning rural China into a toxic industrial wasteland (see above).

Giant industrial wind turbines comprise hundreds of tonnes of steel, aluminium, plastics, copper and rare earths used in the generator’s magnets. There is also at least a tonne of gear oil and hydraulic fluid on board. And then there’s the 50-80 m long blades each weighing between 12 and 18 tonnes, each a comprised of a veritable cocktail of toxic plastics, fibreglass and composite materials – all inevitably headed for landfill. Then there’s the balsa wood frame.

Balsa wood provides the backbone for millions of turbine blades in service around the world (and the hundreds of thousands already dumped in landfill). And the Amazon – aka the lungs of the Earth – is being stripped bare to get it.

Daniel Greenfield takes a look at the dark side of a very dark industry.

Wind Turbines Are Destroying the Planet
Frontpage Mag
Daniel Greenfield
19 August 2022

Wind turbines require massive amounts of rare earths for their generators and motors. A single wind turbine eats up tons of rare earth metals. Rare earth mining carried out in China is horrifyingly destructive to people and the environment. One story described radioactive lakes, high cancer rates and villagers whose “teeth began to fall out” and “hair turned white at unusually young ages”. “Children were born with soft bones and cancer rates rocketed.”

A recent Associated Press story about rare earth mining operations in Burma told of a world where “birds no longer sing, and the herbs no longer grow. The fish no longer swim in rivers that have turned a murky brown.”

An offshore wind turbine can produce somewhere between 9 and 14 megawatts depending on its size. New York’s goal would require a thousand offshore wind turbines. Fiberglass wind turbine blades can’t be recycled and end up in massive landfills where they remain, according to one executive, “forever”. But within the fiberglass sheath is balsa wood that can be recycled.

Balsa wood is light, airy and popular for everything from model airplanes to planes. The obsession with green energy has created a massive demand for balsa wood to use in wind turbines. While a story from 2020 about how 14 million trees had been cut down in Scotland to make way for wind farms recently went viral, far more trees are cut down to make turbines.

Billions of trees.

One wind turbine blade can require as much as 5,300 cubic feet of balsa wood.

The price of balsa wood shot up, driven by demand from Communist China. While the Chinese have tried to grow their own balsa with limited success, they have turned to deforesting the Amazon. The Amazon, the world’s largest carbon sink, is being destroyed to reduce carbon.

Environmentalists are destroying the planet to save the planet.

Even while they were profiting from an artificial “green boom” fed by western green special interests, astroturf activists, fraudulent science, and pop culture crisis, Chinese companies were wiping out millions of trees in the name of saving the planet from a manufactured emergency.

Companies answering to Chinese interests found isolated tribes, traded them drugs and alcohol for slave labor, encouraged violence against those who would not comply, and the results were hailed by western environmentalists. The costs of China’s “wind power boom” were ignored.

China is working to build 18 megawatt wind turbines and dominate wind energy in Europe. The path of its poisonous silk road runs through the Amazon and to western environmentalists who believe that wind is clean and therefore wind turbines are a pure source of energy.

Balsa is an ideal forestry crop. It grows quickly and must be harvested before it ages too much. The rising price of balsa wood has also expanded growing operations, taking over farms and plantations leading to hunger and disease.

“These paradoxes of the so-called ‘green economy’ ruin the natural stability of the forests and the jungle,” a World Rainforest Movement report warned.

While wind turbines, when in operation, already kill as much as three-quarters of a million birds a year, turbine deforestation kills countless more birds by destroying their habitats.

Green eco-business and its allied leftist politicians remain obsessed with carbon, but the Amazon rainforests have been described as the “lungs” of the planet. And environmentalists themselves argue that the Amazon is a “carbon storage sink”. Destroying the Amazon to build wind turbines to reduce carbon would wreck the planetary ecosystem leading to the natural disasters that green energy proponents claim that they want to stop.

If astroturf environmental activists really wanted to save the planet, they would start chaining themselves to wind turbines, instead of vandalizing classical museum paintings.

The obsession with ‘carbon neutrality’ will only make matters worse. Eco-industries calculate the ‘carbon footprint’ of wind turbine emissions based mostly on their construction. Those emissions are assessed against the mining operations, concrete, rare earths and fiberglass, that go into making them. In order to lower their carbon metrics, eco-industries are now promoting wind turbines made out of wood which would lead to the destruction of more forests while increasing the price of housing even further to put it out of the reach of millions of people.

Saving the planet has now come to mean cutting down even more trees.

In Latin America, green energy has destroyed forests, spread drugs and also led to the kidnapping and sex trafficking of young girls. Logging mining camps, especially illegal ones, depend on a steady supply of male workers. The abduction and rape of underage girls has been traced back to the system feeding balsa wood to the wind turbines of China and Europe.

That is what green energy actually looks like.

One reported noted that, “Young girls are encouraged by mothers and aunts to exchange sex for diesel so they can watch their favorite soap operas each night and escape the harshness of their lives for a few hours.”

So much for saving the planet.

The black market in balsa wood has attracted the attention of socialist narcoterrorists in South America and Islamic terrorists in Africa. Wind turbines are becoming another profit center for drug cartels and Jihadists, spreading ruin and destruction around the world.

Wind turbines were billed as saving the planet. They’re destroying it instead.
Frontpage Mag

Balsa, off to China to return in a wind turbine near you.

About stopthesethings

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


  1. Peter Pronczak says:

    Planet of the Humans with Michael Shellenberger said it all when the rentseekers tried to ban it.

    Yesterday the Queensland AU government were all smiles announcing a new “bigger than Snowy Hydro” scheme on the Great Dividing Range.
    How many $Bs over how many years will be anyone’s guess: If politicians can’t get their sums right they should be fined & fired.
    The financial system is man-made, so it’s predictable; as long as AU$ stays under US$0.70 inflation will increase. If, there is ever a proper ‘integrity commission’, it should discover that we’re over governed by the over paid: their ‘charity status’ starts at home for themselves.
    The health system was known to be not fit for purpose years ago, & with the increasing youth crime, those at the top should take their medals off; or hang them up after picking the low hanging fruit: for goodness sake some psychologists treating those with sexual problems say pornography is a good thing!
    The internet, like all technology is good but it should be controlled; Optus hack anyone? All systems have a back door, but I wouldn’t go looking for the ‘back orifice’ info these days.
    My ex complained about education being dumbed down in the early 1970s. An educated population wouldn’t put up with all the rubbish: it’s a numbers game; like mind over matter – they don’t mind & the majority don’t matter – Malthusian: Yemen genocide in 8th year (2 UN reports). UN didn’t meet Freud-Einstien’s vision

    So rip out more trees for more huge dams instead of a nuclear powered electricity & water supply/flood-mitigation grid. Can’t have banks/insurance not profiting.
    After all, National Socialism created the Greens (August Haussleiter) after Hitler said ordinary people couldn’t appreciate the natural environment.
    So build more huge dams & cover it all with wind turbines & solar panels – how does that make sense? says a lot even if you don’t want to go back to 1989 or President Obama’s $5B spend under Victoria Nuland & snipers.

    It’s all a bit synecdochical apart from the semantics.

  2. David Winterflood says:

    Thanks for this report.

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