Never-‘Green’: Wind & Solar ‘Transition’ Creates Environment For Total Ecological Disaster

Believing that industrial wind power and solar panels are destined to improve our environment requires high-level cognitive dissonance. It demands that the true believer ignores the wholesale environmental destruction required to mine and process the minerals in rare earths needed for turbines and panels, not to mention the mega-batteries are supposed to lovingly store the power they occasionally generate; it helps to be able to ignore the millions of birds and bats (often rare and endangered) being smashed to smithereens every year by wind turbines; the wholesale destruction of wood lands and forests doesn’t signify, either; neither does the destruction of landscapes once prized for their visual and splendour.

Of course, ruining someone else’s backyard, never troubles the inner-city eco-zealot, who couldn’t care less about your community; he’ll never visit, let alone live there, so why should she?

As Matt Ridley outlines below, what passes for environmentalism these days has absolutely nothing to do with the conservation of our environment.

Green zealots are threatening real conservation
The Telegraph
Matt Ridley
6 November 2022

Obsession with climate change is now actively harming the environment

Environmentalists are increasingly finding themselves at odds with conservationists. Last week the head of the National Grid said the planning process will need to change because net zero requires the building of many new lines of pylons across the country. People in East Anglia are objecting to 110 miles of pylons scarring rural landscapes and ancient woodland to connect North Sea wind farms to the grid.

“We had to destroy the village to save it,” a probably apocryphal American general said in Vietnam. It is now clear that we are destroying the planet to save it from climate change. Many of the policies being pursued in the service of decarbonisation are not just economically damaging, but ecologically harmful too.

Wind farms kill hundreds of birds every year; so do cats, but these are rare species like golden eagles on land and red-throated divers offshore. They also kill bats by the thousand. If you or I killed an eagle or a bat we would go to jail. They spoil landscapes and require vast quantities of steel, concrete and rare earth metals, the mining of which is a source of pollution.

Then there’s the burning of wood by Drax power station in Yorkshire to generate electricity. Not only does wood produce more emissions than coal per unit of energy, this reverses a centuries-long trend of moving away from stealing the lunch of beetles and woodpeckers for our energy needs (nothing eats coal or gas). Much of Drax’s wood is imported from North Carolina because we don’t grow nearly enough timber in Britain. There, locals are horrified by the devastation to their woods. Yet it’s subsidised by you.

All over Wales, Scotland and northern England biodiversity-rich hills are disappearing under ecologically sterile monocultures of alien Sitka spruce thanks to government incentives to plant more trees to soak up carbon dioxide. Not only do grasslands and blanket bogs on moorland soak up CO2 almost as well, and sometimes better, they also hold back flood water and support rare birds like curlews.

In the south more and more fields are covered in futile solar “farms”, generating trickles of power when least needed – mostly on June afternoons. Sheep graze on the grass that grows under them, say their fans. Er, grass needs sunlight: the panels cut down the productivity of the land by around 90 per cent. They also displace food crops to other land elsewhere at the expense of natural habitats.

Biofuels, grown instead of food, put upward pressure on food prices and on the amount of land we need to grow food, while saving little or no emissions. On my local river, a new hydro plant generates a tiny quantity of power but threatens the migration of salmon smolts. The refusal to incinerate trash has led to it being fly-tipped in the countryside, or shipped to Asia for “recycling”, where it gets dumped in rivers or the sea. And don’t forget the diesel scandal, a worsening of urban air pollution as a direct result of a policy to reduce CO2 emissions by subsidising diesel cars.

Money available to save the red squirrel, the white clawed crayfish, or the water vole, is negligible; it all goes on decarbonisation. I once asked an ecological consultant why Natural England appeared to have lost interest in improving plant biodiversity on moorland. “You don’t understand,” she replied: “Carbon emissions are the only thing that count now.”

Climate change has become a convenient excuse for doing nothing about real conservation problem.

Where’s the outrage from environmentalists about the rape of the planet by the lucrative crony capitalists in the renewable industry? Silence. Real conservation can go hang, so long as we are seen to fight climate change.
The Telegraph

You know it’s ‘green’, the ‘experts’ said so…

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


  1. Is it possible that “high-level cognitive dissonance” is caused by consistent long term brainwashing using fear? We now have a generation of people who have been exposed throughout their entire education to alarmist climate change, fear- based indoctrination.
    The reality of harm caused by industrial wind turbines is accepted merely as ‘collateral damage’ to ‘save the planet’ – or simply denied.

  2. this means : when least needed !do you need any fires ?them are wildfires.just dangous and useless.

  3. Prof. Simon Michaux has quantified the minerals problem in

    Here’s one data point: If copper were to continue to be extracted at the same worldwide rate as in 2019, it would only take 189 years to build all the “technology units” that the IEA demands. If all the known reserves were mined empty, only 19% of them could be built.

  4. ronaldsteinptsadvancecom says:

    Environmentalists support all environmental degradation and humanity atrocities just to go “green”.

    It’s not ethical or moral, but “green” wins.

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