Big Green’s big lies

Big Green’s big lies

So, the next time any government officials or environmental “activists” in Greater Pittsburgh or Harrisburg talk about “social justice” in going “green” or that going “green” is the “moral thing to do,” we commend for your attention a most damning assessment of such assertions.

It comes from Bob Maistros, a crisis specialist, writing last week on the Issues & Insights website.

And he reminds that it’s “not just that renewables are so intermittent and unreliable that they must be legislated and subsidized; eat up land; will require more storage than physically possible; have nearly bankrupted and blacked out Germany with little emissions improvement and are doing the same to California and other jurisdictions adopting mandates.“

As if that’s not significant enough.

No, Maistros reminds that 45 percent of the worldwide supply of solar-grade polysilicon comes from China’s Xinjiang region, “where it is reportedly largely produced by enslaved Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkic Muslims. (China overall produces three-quarters of polysilicon and 95 percent of solar wafers.)”

Then there’s the issue of coal. Citing a Wall Street Journal report, Maistros notes that the U.S. solar industry’s reliance on Chinese coal makes it “one of the world’s most prolific polluters.”

Then there’s the issue of waste.

“Three Harvard Business School professors have forecast that ‘the sheer volume of discarded (solar) panels will soon pose a risk of existentially damaging proportions’ as waste volumes exceed new installations by 2.56 times in 2035, ‘catapulting’ the life-cycle cost of solar energy to four times current projections,” Maistros writes,

Add the professors: “The economics of solar … would darken quickly as the industry sinks under the weight of its own trash.”

And Maistros says the same problem lies ahead for other supposedly superior “green” technologies.

Again, citing the Harvard forecast, much the same problem looms for the wind-electricity industry, “as ‘more than 720,000 tons worth of wind turbine blades will end up in U.S. landfills over the next 20 years’ and only 5 percent of electric-vehicle batteries are currently recycled.”

It’s pretty clear that “Big Green” is most adept at whistling past the graveyard.

The bottom line is that there’s far, far more brown than “green” in the envirocrats’ “sustainable” entreaties. That they are the nirvanic path to “social justice” and a greater “morality” is the greatest – and continuing — lie of today’s “green” movement.

That those on Grant Street and on the banks of the Susquehanna River hold up such lies as “sound public policy” deserves the public’s sound and repeated rebuke.

Colin McNickle is communications and marketing director at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy (cmcnickle@alleghenyinstitute.org).