That is NOT a picture of the Alberta oil sands, that is a toxic lake created because wind turbines need rare earth metals to run.
Vast fortunes are being amassed here in Inner Mongolia; the region has more than 90 per cent of the world’s legal reserves of rare earth metals, and specifically neodymium, the element needed to make the magnets in the most striking of green energy producers, wind turbines.You never hear environmentalists talking about this, do you? I wonder why? Canada is an easy target. We are a democracy, so you can say anything you want without fear of being locked up in jail for years without a trail, or hung. Basically, environmentalists are chickens. They are also stupid. Ouch, am I being too harsh?
Live has uncovered the distinctly dirty truth about the process used to extract neodymium: it has an appalling environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology.
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.
They want us to change to light bulbs that contain mercury, this is somehow more environmentally friendly than our regular light bulbs. They want us to convert from coal/gas/nuclear powered energy to wind turbines that are environmentally ruining our habitat. They turn their noses up at nuclear energy because it's too clean, too efficient, and creates waste, that can now be re-used. It just doesn't fit their hippy anti-corporate lifestyle.
They want our standard of living reduced because we have it too good compared to those people in third world countries. We should be ashamed of our good fortune. Never mind that our ancestors toiled long and hard to get us to where we are today, we should feel guilty because we are not groveling in the dirt, living a life of pain and hunger. Not that they would volunteer to forgo their ipods and go to Africa to help those people. They are too busy scamming people into believing that "global warming" exists and they need to be funded to research it, to the tune of BILLIONS of dollars. We are not buying it. The science is NOT settled. Organizations like the Suzuki Foundation should not be considered charities, they are not.
Let's go along with their world view for just a minute. The oil sands should be shut down, everyone should ride their bikes to work, and you can only eat whatever can be produced within 100 miles of where you live. Are they kidding me? Seriously? They want us to be living a substandard lifestyle, while they fly off to Bali for the latest Eco-conference. Talk about hypocrites, but they don't see it. They are so brainwashed by Gore/Suzuki and various teachers/professors that they actually believe they are crusaders for a new world. Dumb a$$es.
How are those wind turbines working out? Try this one:
Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest -- built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced -- are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region's electricity grid says there's an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year.
The problem arose during the late spring and early summer last year. Rapid snow melt filled the Columbia River Basin. The water rushed through the 31 dams run by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., allowing for peak hydropower generation. At the very same time, the wind howled, leading to maximum wind power production.
Demand could not keep up with supply, so BPA shut down the wind farms for nearly 200 hours over 38 days.
"It's the one in the world where in real time, moment to moment, you have to produce as much energy as is being consumed," BPA spokesman Doug Johnson said of the renewable energy.
Now, Bonneville is offering to compensate wind companies for half their lost revenue. The bill could reach up to $50 million a year.
The extra payout means energy users will eventually have to pay more.