blurred vision … going blind

The stupidity gets worse, a waste of taxpayer dollars. Just wait a few years and the regret will be awesome. An environmental nightmare. Not to forget their limits, which include a short life span, large subsidies and bigger power bills. Oh, and blackouts!

A New vision…finally

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The Climate Council

This is what tackling climate change looks like… and it’s beautiful!

Nyngan and Broken Hill’s solar power plants were officially launched last week, meaning m

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Of course, reality is always ignored.

solar-and-wind-energy Energy / Green tech

Britain Faces Energy Crisis, Engineers Warn – Green Isn’t Working

Via The GWPF Energy bills will soar as green policies shut coal-fired power stations and cause an “electricity supply crisis”, experts say. Prices will be forced up as the UK has to import more power, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers today. –Craig Woodhouse, The Sun, 26 January 2016 The UK…

Greenie Watch too weighs in:

Greenwashing folly

A Greenie sees through some Greenie nonsense

Greenwashed toys only the rich can afford, which will do nothing to reduce global warming, are predicted to cause non-rich people to do other things that will reduce global warming.   Two examples come to mind: Tesla and the California High Speed Rail project.

Tesla

A $70,000 Tesla Model S produces carbon similar to a 31 mile-per-gallon gasonline-powered car. A $24,000 Toyota Prius get 50 miles per gallon.

So mile-for-mile, a Tesla does almost twice the environmental damage as a Prius. And that is without considering the huge difference in price between the two cars.

The $46,000 price difference, if spent on carbon offset credits, could get rid of the carbon the Prius would emit in ONE THOUSAND YEARS of typical daily driving.

The numbers are a lot worse if a Tesla and a Prius are each driven for 20 years before being scrapped. The waste of the $46,000 that could have paid for carbon offset credits makes the Tesla’s carbon footprint about the same as a 1 mile-per-gallon gasoline-powered car.

Yet people who call themselves environmentalists claim that Teslas are good for the planet. That rich people driving around in expensive and evironment-destroying luxury cars will somehow convince average Americans to conserve energy.

California High-Speed Rail

The California High Speed Rail project is the most expensive public-works project in the history of the United States. It is estimated to cost up to $100 billion by the time it is finished. And yet, careful analysis by the Department of Civil and Evironmental Engineering at UC Berkeley has shown that this project might produce NO EVNIRONMENTAL BENEFITS AT ALL.

In 2010, Mikhail Chester and Arpad Horvath summed up this research in a paper: “Life-cycle assessment of high-speed rail: the case in California”. And in 2012, they were interviewed for an article in Berkeley News: “Future of California high-speed rail looks green”.

From the Berkeley News article:

“The greenhouse gas emission-equivalent for a typical airplane carrying 116 passengers would be a train carrying 130-280 passengers.” and “this is not the answer to the state’s greenhouse gas goals. This is a tiny piece of the puzzle.”

In other words, a CHSR train might emit between 12 percent and 141 perent MORE carbon than an airliner carrying the same people.

So California is throwing away $100,000,000,000.00 that could have been used to really help the environment. That much money would put solar panels on 5 million homes. Or do equally good things like build wind turbines or save parts of the Earth’s rainforests.

Again, this is somehow supposed to convince Americans to stop driving their cars and ride a bus or train that won’t take them from where they live to where they work or back again.

The Tragedy of All This

– Wealthy people with a profit motive, and misguided would-be environmentalists with big public relations budgets, make false claims about how green their projects are.

– The media parrots these falsehoods without even bothering to do any fact-checking.

– Honest Americans who want to save the planet are bombarded with this misinformation until it becomes accepted as fact.

– Government pays for foolish projects that won’t help anything.

– Developers kick some of that money back to the elected officials.

– The cycle repeats over and over again.

Bring back the coal, and the trees will love you for it.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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