It’s been a rough couple of weeks for climate true-believers. If you’re one of them, buckle up, you’re about to get red-pilled:
A wind turbine in Texas caught fire and was destroyed after being hit by lightning. The 800 pounds of oil in the gear box produced a column of thick black smoke. Firefighters are not prepared to handle that kind of blaze. Before you dismiss this as a one-off, you should also know Mother Nature can destroy wind turbines with 200 mile-per-hour wind gusts in hurricanes. Wind turbines are only designed to handle 160 mile an hour winds. The flexible blades can bend, curve backwards, hit the tower, and destroy the whole thing. And you want to put more turbines in the Atlantic Ocean, smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Alley?
So much for romancing the turbines. But there’s always electric vehicles, right? A new electric bus caught fire and was destroyed in a bus parking lot in Connecticut. Those fires are hard to handle, too. Fire officials said, “Lithium-ion battery fires are difficult to extinguish due to the thermal chemical process that produces great heat and continually reignites….” This happened one day after the Governor celebrated a new law phasing in electric vehicles for the state fleet. Fires aren’t the only problem. If you buy a used EV and the battery quits, you will find a replacement battery will cost you more than the used EV did in the first place. And you won’t be able to get a replacement without condoning forced labor in China. You’re not in favor of slavery, are you? But don’t let me spoil the party. I’ll leave that to the countries having second thoughts about EV mandates because of the cost, the hit to living standards, the lack of infrastructure, and the wishful thinking behind them.
Oh well, there’s always solar panels, right? Never mind that their output can decrease 25 percent if it gets too hot outside. Worn-out panels end up “in landfills, where in some cases, they could potentially contaminate groundwater with toxic heavy metals such as lead, selenium and cadmium.” That’s according to the left-wing Los Angeles Times, by the way.
Oh well, at least we’re getting rid of coal, right? Hate to break it to you, but China is building coal-fired power plants like there is no tomorrow, more than the rest of the world combined. Germany is turning back to coal after its disastrous green energy policies which shut down 14 nuclear power plants produced the highest household electricity bills in the world, and resulted in over-dependence on Russian gas. World coal-usage continues to go up, not down. So you can super-glue yourself to the Mona Lisa all you want, but the fact of the matter is whatever we do here in the West isn’t going to make any difference to climate change, not one bit.
Gee, all these problems nobody ever talks about. Oh well, at least our leaders have their hearts in the right place, right? Actually, no. Biden’s green energy transition is being led by green energy investors who are dictating government policy to enrich themselves. For example, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was on the board of an electric car company and, in May, pocketed a cool $1.6 million from exercising stock options in the company. John Kerry – Saint John Kerry – has green energy investments in China. Hunter Biden owns a stake in a Chinese company that assisted in the purchase of a cobalt mine, cobalt being necessary for electric car batteries. Did the ‘Big Guy’ Joe Biden get 10 percent of this deal, too? Green-friendly ESG funds are moving into fossil fuel investments, profiting from the mayhem green energy policies have produced.
And you thought these people were environmentalists and true believers. Joke’s on you. You’ve been played.
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