The court press is in favor of climate chaos and the rescue of renewable energies. CNN recently held a seven-hour climate event for candidates of the Democratic president. Each day brings more gloomy stories about absurd, often taxpayer-funded, pseudo-scientific reports of another natural event or a supposed disaster that alarmists insist on due to fossil fuels, which provide 80% of US and global energy.
MSNBC has just held another two-day climate forum for Democratic presidential candidates at Georgetown University. In the meantime, a major climate march took place in New York, while protesters tried to block the streets of Washington, DC. They all started the United Nations Global Climate Week in NYC with a Youth Climate Summit and a United Nations General Assembly event where Heads of State and Government will call for "global action" to stop the alleged climate crisis.
Your standard solution is biofuel, solar, wind and battery power. My recent article has thrown buckets of ice-cold reality into some of these claims. You obviously have to be doused with a few more buckets.
Again: wind and sunshine are free, renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. However, it is not the land and resources needed for technology to harness this widely dispersed, intermittent, weather-dependent energy for humanity. In fact, their environmental impact is enormous.
The Democratic candidates and their supporters want to replace coal and gas power plants with batteries to make sure that we have (much more expensive) electricity, even if at times weather-dependent wind and sunshine refuse to cooperate with us. 7/365 Electricity for our homes, schools, hospitals, factories, businesses, computers, social media and civilization.
So let's say we cover the US with enough wind and solar power on an industrial scale to replace the 3.9 billion megawatt-hour Americans used in 201
We would need something on the order of one billion 100 kilowatt-hour, 1,000-pound lithium and cobalt battery packs – much as Tesla uses it in its electric vehicles. (This does not include the extra battery storage needed to charge the cars, trucks, and buses that we're going to replace with electric vehicles.)
All of these batteries would support the millions upon millions of Green New Deal solar panels and wind turbines would have to build and install. They would require huge amounts of iron, copper, rare earth metals, concrete and other raw materials. And each of these batteries, turbines and panels would have to be replaced much more frequently than coal, gas, nuclear or hydroelectric power plants.
What do we do with all the worn and broken turbines, panels and batteries? The International Renewable Energy Agency has stated that disposing of only the worn-out solar panels that the United Nations intends to build worldwide under the Solar Energy Goals of the Paris Climate Agreement by 2050 could double the tonnage of the United States. Total plastic waste in 2017!
Another ice-cold reality is that all of this "free, renewable, sustainable, environmentally friendly, ethical" energy would require the largest expansion in mining the world has ever seen . But when did an environmentalist or democrat last support the opening of a single US mine? They hate mining.
This brings us to the dirtiest pseudo-renewable, pseudo-sustainable energy secret of all – about which these people absolutely do not want to talk: Slave and child labor .
Due to the angry opposition of environmentalists, the United States and Europe no longer allow much mining within their borders. They only import minerals – many from China and Russia. The same groups that praise the benefits of wind, solar and battery power are equally opposed to Western mining companies that mine rare earth, lithium, cadmium, cobalt and other minerals almost anywhere on planet Earth – even under severe Western labor , Safety and environmental conditions and complaint rules.
This means that these materials are mined and processed in places such as Baotou, Inner Mongolia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, most of which are under Chinese control. They are dug up and processed by fathers, mothers and children – in terrible, insecure, inhumane conditions that few of us can imagine … under nearly nonexistent labor, pay, health, safety and pollution standards.
These renewable energies, high-tech slaves, earn pennies or dollars a day – risking collapses and constantly being exposed to dirty, toxic, radioactive sludge, dust, water and air. The mining and industrial areas become huge toxic wastelands where nothing grows and no humans or wildlife can live.
For Cobalt alone – say UNICEF and Amnesty International – more than 40,000 Congolese children slavery in mines at the age of four, from dawn to dusk, six or even seven days a week. That is today. Imagine how many are needed to serve the Ethical Green Energy Utopia.
Green New Dealers demand sustainable, ethical, human rights-based coffee, sneakers, T-shirts, handbags and diamonds. Absolutely no child labor, no sweatshop or toxic, soiled working conditions allowed. However, they have little or nothing to say about the Chinese, Russian and other companies that run the terrible operation that supplies their wind turbines, solar panels, smart grids and batteries for cell phones, Tesla's, laptops and backup power.
I've never seen them make ethical wind turbines, solar panels and batteries a problem. They never protested in front of a Chinese, Russian or Congolese embassy or headquarters in Beijing, Moscow or Kinshasa. You probably do not want to get shot or sent to gulags.
And just a few weeks ago, California legislators voted against Bill 735. The bill simply said that California would certify that "zero emission" electric vehicles sold in the state must be free of materials or components that involve child labor , The problem is complicated, said the legislature. It would be too hard to enforce this. It would jeopardize the climate goals. And many other industries also use child labor … they "explained".
As Milton Friedman said, there is no free lunch. Wind, solar, biofuel and battery power are not free, clean, environmentally friendly, renewable or sustainable. America must not allow deception, dishonesty and ideology to determine the public policy that determines our future jobs, our prosperity, our standard of living, our freedoms and our civilization.
What Green New Dealers are talking about has nothing to do with stopping man-made dangerous climate change – or with genuine sustainability, resource conservation or environmental protection. It has everything to do with the fact that activists, politicians, regulators, and crony capitalists who control people's lives are increasingly becoming socialist and largely funded by taxpayers. dictate our energy use, economic growth, employment opportunities and living standards; and become richer, more powerful and more privileged.
In the meantime, poor families, minority families and working-class families are paying the price. And destitute families in hungry, impoverished, electricity-deprived countries pay the highest price. China, India, Indonesia and Africa will not give up their determined efforts to occupy their rightful, God-given place among the healthy and prosperous people of the earth. They will not stop using fossil fuels to achieve their goals.
They will not let anyone – including the UN, EU, US Democrats and other eco-imperialists – say they can never enjoy this blessing. Or they are "allowed" to improve their health and living standards only marginally, only to a level achievable with wind, sun and cow dung.
That's why the United States cut its carbon emissions by 12% between 2000 and 2017 – India's CO2 emissions from plant-based crops increased by 140% and China's by 194% – and planet Earth has gone greener. In 2019 alone, China will add more coal-fired power plants than any existing US coal-fired power plant.
While all of these countries continue to use more and more fossil fuels to improve their economy, health and living standards, why should the United States, for heaven's sake, join Green New Dealers and other madmen in a polluting ban on fossils? Fuels economic suicide pact?
Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books and articles on energy, climate, environmental and human rights issues.