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?

Can the Government Force You to Buy Health Insurance?

Can the United States government force its citizens to buy a product from a for profit corporation and fine them if they refuse? David Swanson discusses the implications in Constitutional Challenges to Health Care Reform.

When this question goes to the Supreme Court, they will decide whether or not the United States is run by a fascist government.

It is one thing for a government to support business with tariffs, subsidies and outright pay-offs. This can always be passed off as corporate socialism. Legislating a requirement that its citizens purchase a specific product from for-profit corporations is the final step to the merger of business and government, the hallmark of fascism.

Government may provide services, such as as free medical care, and tax citizens to pay for it. This supports the greater good. But mandatory purchase of a service, especially a service not needed by a large percentage of the populace, those who are healthy and not in need of medical care, disparately supports private corporations lobbying for mandated health insurance.

This is the point where Democracy, rule by the people, passes from our grasp forever, or until the next revolution.