Saturday, December 26, 2009
What's So Green About Green Technology?
This just in from the As We Suspected Department:
The New York Times reports: Earth-Friendly Elements Are Mined Destructively
That would be rare Earth metals required to build large wind turbines and other efficient forms of electricity usage. Not only are they dug from open pit mines in China (not known for the greenest of green practices) but they're traded around the world in illegal, unregulated markets.
Fossil fuels are declining, as well as polluting the planet, in order to support profligate lifestyles among a minority of far too many people on Earth consuming too much of the planet.
What's the simplest solution to the above over balanced equation? Reduce consumption? Conservation? Live simply?
No, no, that won't do. How are trans-national corporations going to survive if we stop making and buying ever more stuff? Nope, gotta build more wind generators to generate more electricity to power all the WallMarts to sell all the goods to make all the profits for corporate executives and stock holders everywhere.
That means more fossil fuels burned to dig more holes in the ground to extract more minerals to make all the stuff.
What's green about that?