EU ministers voted on Friday to exempt solar panels from a ban on toxic substances in electrical goods, enabling leading maker First Solar to keep selling its products in the industry’s biggest market.
Also exempted were mercury-laden CFL light bulbs:
Energy-saving light bulbs are also temporarily exempted from the directive.
Canada announced a mercury reduction plan last March, but exempted CFL’s, for no good reason other than political expediency. The frozen North later redeemed itself by announcing a two-year delay in the ban on incandescent light bulbs.
[Its]toxicity is not solely due to the cadmium content. One study found that the highly reactive surface of cadmium telluride quantum dots triggers extensive reactive oxygen damage to the cell membrane, mitochondria, and cell nucleus. In addition, the cadmium telluride films are typically recrystallized in a toxic solution of cadmium chloride. The disposal and long term safety of cadmium telluride is a known issue in the large scale commercialization of cadmium telluride solar panels.
Remember, too, the wind turbines beloved of hippies everywhere contain rare earth minerals that are possibly the least green thing to drag up out of the ground. Worse even than the vilified oilsands. But what happens in China, stays in China, so it’s okay. Oh, and wind turbines chomp up rare birds with an appetite that even Michael Moore can’t match.
Imagine if the Koch Brothers had demanded the EU give a pass to something they manufactured using CdTe. The leftosphere would implode under it’s own weight. Greenpeace, the NRDC and Sierra Club would be frothing at the mouth with indignation and calls for donations. But mostly calls for donations.
But because the tech in question is solar, and therefore green? Crickets, chirping.
“I wish our fellow country people were more open-minded about onshore wind. It is the most competitive of renewable technologies, on a base with nuclear. And at anything over $100 a barrel for oil the strategy of low carbon means will save money [oil is currently at $104 a barrel]. It is the future of low cost electricity compared with the alternative of relying on oil. Officially, not only is it the future, but it works.”
I’m pleased that we’ve reached the point where 5GW of our energy comes from onshore and offshore wind – that’s enough electricity to power all the homes in Scotland. Getting these massive structures out here into the sea is a tremendous feat of engineering and I applaud all involved with this awesome achievement.
There are many issues with wind power and we’ve some of covered those before. But there is one problem that Chris Huhne, super-genius, didn’t plan for. What if there’s no wind?
According to government figures, 13 of the past 16 months have been calmer than normal – while 2010 was the “stillest” year of the past decade. Meteorologists believe that changes to the Atlantic jet stream could alter the pattern of winds over the next 40 years and leave much of the nation’s growing army of power-generating turbines becalmed.
Oh noes, a nation covered in giant bird shredders and not a puff of wind to move them? Say it ain’t so. If only the giant brains at the Met. Office had known that before the nation committed itself to a future based on moving air.
Naturally enough, this would increase the cost of everything that travels by sea, which is pretty much everything in hipster heaven IKEA:
For example, the retail price of a metric ton of 380 centistokes bunker fuel in Houston is $611. Converting per-gallon U.S. retail gasoline prices ($3.96/gallon U.S. average) to metric tons would give you a gasoline metric-ton price of $1,480.24 (42 gallons per barrel, 8.9 barrels per metric ton). If they were to pay at the pump, these ships would need to spend 145 percent more on fuel, something that is simply not economical.
Hippies should be careful what they wish for. Pesky smart people might skip converting ships to gas or diesel and go right to the nuclear option, literally. And we all know that hippies hate nukes.
I also wonder if this might be a good time for the environmental community to reconsider its use of apocalyptic terms when describing our fears for the future.
That’s good advice. If only she had remembered to heed it in the tricky third sentence:
There’s no doubt that we face certain peril and that immediate radical action is needed.
She claims to have spent two years studying why climate alarmists fail to get the public to believe that a trace gas essential to life on Earth is a problem, and by George, she’s found it:
The opposition is well funded, dishonest, cynical, and divisive. It includes those who deny the science behind climate change, obstruct policy, oppose reasoned public debate, block government action, or preach the gospel of economics as the only basis for life on earth.
That’s right, if it weren’t for those meddling kids skeptics deniers, Big Green would rule the world. The hippies credibility problem has nothing to do with their wildly pessimistic claims, dodgy scientists and poor record of predictions, it’s all the Koch brother’s fault. I blame Bush.
Congratulations to Ms. Hope Cummings, even though she sees none.
…back in 2005 that Cardiff’s joke quasi-parliamentary assembly of clownish second-raters – otherwise known as AMs – voted for huge swathes of the Principality to be covered in wind farms. But it’s only now that people have started to catch up with the environmental havoc this is going to wreak.
There’s no welcome in the hillside for giant bird shredders, yet Jolly Prince Chuckles, the Prince of Wales, blindly ignores the hippie-induced havoc and continues to warn that capitalism is bad for Gaia.
When union workers and environmental activists picked a Hastings-area site to protest inaction on a Marcellus Shale severance tax, they made one mistake. Marcellus activity isn’t occurring within miles of it. Service Employees International Union officials issued an apology Monday, saying they mistakenly set up their protest Thursday – and a makeshift tollbooth asking the industry to pay its fair share – next to a surface well property that has been around for years and isn’t set up for shale drilling.
Fonda — a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences — accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue. “I sent an email to President Obama saying, ‘You are a f(expletive) traitor,’ using those words… ‘You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military — in this case the coastguard — what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do’.”
Alas NASA, where did ye go? Once the domain of steely-eyed missile men who thought nothing of hurling themselves into space strapped to giant rockets, it’s reduced to hosting a global warming muppet, frightening children instead of inspiring them and making Muslims feel good. Once the last Shuttle returns to Earth, perhaps we should just shutter the entire operation and donate it to the Smithsonian.
Greenpeace hippies were arrested in Brussels for protesting at talks and blocking the access of corporate reps. Video of the self-righteous hippie rent-seekers at the link, if you can stand it.
Edward Goldsmith, the founder of the magazine that claims to have set the environmental agenda for the past 40 years, declares in its first issue that humans are parasites, an infection, and a disease. We’re waste products that make no ecological sense.
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Hippies want to make ships run on more-refined fossil fuels rather than thick, sticky bunker fuel. Which is fine, as long as you don’t mind absorbing a five-fold increase in the price of junk from China.
Good thing Google dropped it’s ‘Don’t be Evil’ motto. The leviathan of search may be tinkering with searches to suppress climate skeptics.
Australia’s PM Gillard has found the bottom of her self-induced carbon-tax pit, but keeps digging. She claims Aussie carbon markets will be free of the corruption that plagues the EU market because, well, because.
Uh oh, even the EPA has to admit that fracking has never been seen to contaminate water. Hippies wishing to oppose affordable, abundant shale gas operations will need to find a new reason to deny people cheap energy. Perhaps it will kill birds, or cause botulism, or spoil landscapes?
Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics said the intention of many of those making freedom of information requests was to trawl through scientists’ work with the intention of trying to find problems and errors.
Fusion doesn’t have to be dodgy jazz with Chick Corea sticking his head into a baby grand, it may be the energy future we all can love – cheap, clean and limitless:
According to Rossi’s patent, his Energy Catalyzer (ECat) consists of a heated tube of powdered nickel (Ni) and proprietary catalysts, through which hydrogen (H) is pumped at high pressure, surrounded by boron and lead shielding, and encased in a water jacket. Rossi claims the power results from conversion of nickel to copper and other lighter elements. Full conversion of 58g of nickel would produce the energy equivalent of burning 30,000 tons of oil. The radiation emitted during operation of ECat was barely detectable above background.
Welcome to the neo-medieval world of Britain’s energy policy. It is a world in which Highland glens are buzzing with bulldozers damming streams for miniature hydro plants, in which the Dogger Bank is to be dotted with windmills at Brobdingnagian expense, in which Heathrow is to burn wood trucked in from Surrey, and Yorkshire wheat is being turned into motor fuel. We are going back to using the landscape to generate our energy. Bad news for the landscape.
“Climate change and energy are two key issues that will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment.” It noted the department of defence is actively “developing policies and plans to manage the effects of climate change on its operating environment, missions and facilities”.
Or, in other words, the Pentagon has figured out that greenwashing defense is a good strategy to avoid getting hit with spending cuts.
Australia is building the world’s biggest ship to process natural gas offshore. You just know Greenpeace can’t wait to climb all over it.
UK electricity infrastructure is to get a makeover, because when your country is facing self-inflicted rising energy costs and too little power, a competition to pretty up pylons is just what’s needed.
The white oak, the state tree of Illinois, has been banned from city planting lists, and swamp oaks and sweet gum trees from the South have been given new priority. Thermal radar is being used to map the city’s hottest spots, which are then targets for pavement removal and the addition of vegetation to roofs. And air-conditioners are being considered for all 750 public schools, which until now have been heated but rarely cooled.
More green jobs you can believe in, but no longer see. The push to renawables costs the UK 1500 more jobs.
Pennsylvania politely gives notice for industry to quit the state, ASAP. But not on purpose.
The heat transfer units are the heart of the cooling system, and the seawater pumps into the heat transfer system, cools the data center, and then the water itself is cooled slightly before being pumped back out to sea. Google wanted the water that was pumped back out to sea to be similar in temperature to the water that entered the system, as to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding ecosystem.
Wait for stories about algae-blooms threatening Finnish coasts around this time next year.
Sometimes the Bayonet has a fevah and the only cure is more antipodean waif. Cate Blanchett may have played the elf-queen in LOTR, but when it comes to sultry waifness, only Kylie fits the bill. Give the tiny but perfectly formed Ms. Minogue a warm round-up welcome.
…the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a thousand-page report on the future of renewable energy, which it defined as solar, hydro, wind, tidal, wave, geothermal and biomass. These energy sources, said the IPCC, generate about 13.8% of our energy and, if encouraged to grow, could eventually displace most fossil fuel use.
The linked article goes on to expose some very flawed thinking about what constitutes ‘renewable’ energy, but for now let’s put that aside. Let’s pretend that renewables could replace 87% of the energy currently supplied by natural gas, oil and coal. What would that cost global economies, do you think?
Solar and wind are heavily subsidized and provide poor efficiency returns on investment. Imagine a world powered exclusively by the most expensive energy production options. The cost of everything would go up, jobs would disappear and civilized life as we know it would change radically. And not for the better. It’s a sure bet that if hippies ever bullied us into a world of wind and solar power that the next ‘luxury’ to be taxed out of existence would be fire.
Greens are living in a bizarro world when they espouse a world free of fossil fuels, which seems like a good reason to keep working against them. That and we have more fun.
Ronald McDonald is far from an innocent clown. Rather, as this stunning report reveals, the character is the product of a well-orchestrated and shrewd marketing strategy by America’s king of fast food. By connecting its corporate image to a fun-loving clown, McDonald’s gains a tremendous amount of positive public relations. And what better way to bypass parents and market directly to children than through a clown – the icon of circuses and children’s parties.
But most children have never heard of public relations and don’t even have the capacity to understand what marketing is all about. Instead, children’s lives are guided by fun and emotional attachment. That’s why they are the most vulnerable to the marketing strategies of a character like Ronald McDonald.
The people’s republic of San Francisco said much the same thing last year when they banned Happy Meal toys and claimed the coveted ‘Killjoy of the Year’ Award.
“We are committed to responsible advertising and take our communications to children very seriously. We understand the importance of children’s health and nutrition, and are committed to being part of the dialogue and solution. We serve high quality food, and our Happy Meals offer choice and variety in portions just for kids. Parents tell us they appreciate our Happy Meal choices.”
With Big Mac’s strong support, it’s unlikely that Ron will be sleeping with the Filet-o-Fishes anytime soon, despite the scare-mongering clowns best efforts.
Not only did it break new cinematic ground with pilfered special effects, it proved PowerPoint could sell movie tickets as long as it was narrated by a famous politician willing to say almost anything to increase the value of his investment portfolio. Not only that, Michael Moore suddenly had Oscar competition for agit-prop documentaries.
An Inconvenient Truth made global warming a global star and elevated a relatively feeble field of science far beyond the level of incompetence of many of its biggest names. Celebrities, politicians and activists rushed to the new cool hot cause célèbre and posed for the cameras with concerned faces as they parroted dire predictions about the state of Kilimanjaro glaciers, homeless polar bears and living with a Prius.
Life was golden for the green jet set, but then came failure in Copenhagen and the game-changing revelations of Climategate. That was the beginning of the end for global warming. It’s since been renamed climate change, climate disruption, global weirding and Maude. Okay, no-one’s named it Maude yet, but it could happen.
The allure of green has slipped so low that Republican nominees for President find themselves apologizing for their momentary lapses of reason when it came to the environment. Specifically, any candidate who supported cap and trade has a problem:
Gingrich, Huntsman and Pawlenty could all have difficulty explaining their climate record to a conservative primary electorate energized by the tea party movement. “The three candidates who are most at risk here are most at risk because they start off pretty significantly to the left of the electorate,” he said. “They already start off in a ditch. Their past dalliances with cap and trade sort of confirm what the electorate already suspects — that these guys are not really one of us.”
An Inconvenient Truth looked like a sure-fire winner for hippies, but it fell apart fast. The leading lights of the climate cult blame skeptics for their failure to pass any meaningful legislation, but in the US, pro-warming Democrats controlled the Oval Office, the House and the Senate for two-years yet could not pass cap and trade. Either they didn’t believe the science they claimed exposed an imminent global emergency, or they did but were too cowardly to act on it.
In five short years, global warming as a political issue went from being an easy vote winner to a toxic issue.
The only pity is that where the May 21st cultists were discredited beyond a doubt when Sunday morning appeared with pesky reliability, warmists cling on in the vain hope that someone, somewhere will believe them. Climategate damaged them and still does, but unlike Rapturegate, it didn’t finish them once and for all.
That day might never come, but equally, it may not need to. Once politicians turn their back on the issue, those left crying climate wolf will be marginalized and will need to cuddle up with birthers and truthers to achieve a critical mass of crazy.
The Republican nomination process is evidence that the time is almost here. Other politicians around the world are suffering for their green pains. Spain is punishing its government for high unemployment exacerbated by the rush to alternative energy, Australia’s ruling party is in deep trouble for its promise to introduce a carbon tax and Canada’s new majority government sees no political downside to ruling out cap and trade and reversing itself on a ban on incandescent light bulbs.
Oh good, the rapture prediction turned out to be as reliable as global warming science, but without all the silly scaremongering. I kid, I kid.
Rapturegate starts today. It’ll be revealed that poor, deluded Harold Camping had doubts about the date of the rapture but a shadowy figure on the Internet told him to ‘hide the decline’ and use a Nature trick and it’d all be fine. There could be some epic comedy if Camping ever figures out who the mysterious helper behind the ‘CRUJones’ handle is.
The good news is the Spanish Grand Prix isn’t canceled due to the end of the world and the weather is supposed to be nice here.
So, enjoy a lazy Sunday.
Oh noes, empty suit found in the Oval office… oh wait, nevermind. #rapture
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