“GREEN” ENERGY IS NEITHER GREEN OR CLEAN. IT FAILS TO PROVIDE THE ENERGY TO MAINTAIN & EXPAND OUR ECONOMY!
Biden's green energy plan focuses primarily on reducing Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and not on traditional pollutants. CO2 is supposedly causing catastrophic global warming. Coal, petroleum and natural gas (fossil fuels) are blamed for global warming. CO2 is treated as a pollutant, but it isn't. It is an odorless, colorless gas and nontoxic at over 20 times its concentration in the Earth's atmosphere. Without CO2 in green plant photosynthesis there would be no food to eat or oxygen to breathe. Man-caused global warming is a HOAX!
To illustrate how ludicrous it is to blame Carbon Dioxide for global warming. If the earth's atmosphere is viewed as a 100,000 seat football stadium, then CO2 at 410 ppm would only occupy 41 seats. Our plants are actually starved for CO2 .They would like 4 to 5 times as much. Many commercial greenhouses “fertilize”their greenhouses with extra CO2.
Clean energy supposedly comes from “clean” wind turbines and solar panels. Will they make a difference in global warming? NO! Why? Substituting wind and solar for fossil fuels would not eliminate emissions. Manufacturing wind turbines and solar panels requires vast amount of mining, moving, and processing minerals, and then fabricating them into end products requires vast energy from fossil fuels. Wind and solar can not produce wind turbines & solar panels!
In the book, “Mines, Minerals, and “Green” Energy: A Reality Check” by Mark P. Mills explains why wind and solar simply are not “green” or “clean” as the environmentalists proclaim. First, the energy required to produce wind turbines and solar panels is far more than the energy they will ultimately produce. They require a 24/7 backup from fossil fuels or nuclear
Mills explains: “Building wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity, as well as batteries to fuel electric vehicles requires, on average, more than 10 times the quantity of materials, compared with building machines using fossil fuels to deliver the same amount of energy.”
A single electric car battery weighing 1,000 pounds requires extracting and processing 500,000 pounds of materials.” That is 5 pounds of earth for every mile the car will go in its lifetime! This is 25 times as much as required for an internal combustion petroleum engine.
Mills also points out that “Oil natural gas, and coal are needed to produce the concrete, steel, plastics, and purified minerals used to build green machines. Most of the equipment needed must run on diesel, made from oil.”
Second, the vast majority of rare-earth minerals used for wind turbines and solar panels are mined in Communist China, Russia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a serious security risk depending on Communist China for our energy. Five of the world's top 10 wind turbine manufacturers are CCP owned or operated. Nine of the world's top 10 solar panel manufacturers are CCP owned or operated.
More than two-thirds of the world's solar panels and one-half of the wind turbines are produced in China. Now, the US is 100% reliant for 17 strategic minerals and depends on imports for over 50% of 28 widely used minerals. China is a significant source for one-half of those 28 minerals. China is responsible for 37% of passenger electric vehicles and 99% of e-buses sold globally since 2011. China has NO pollution controls on their coal powered electricity plants which contributes to much global pollution. They are exempt from the Paris Climate Accords now because they are a “developing” nation.
Third is a disposal problem. Spent turbines, panels and batteries wind up as an enormous quantities of non-recyclable waste. Much of it is toxic. Mills predicts that by 2050 the quantity of worn-out solar panels will constitute double the tonnage of all today's global plastic waste. In addition, over 3 million tons per year of unrecyclable plastics from worn-out wind turbine blades. By 2030 more than 10 million tons per year of batteries will become garbage.
Wind and solar increase the cost of energy, because they start with low-density sources (fossil fuels contain hundreds of times more energy by volume than wind and sunlight) and are intermittent requiring backup by fossil fuels or nuclear as the wind does not blow all the time and the sun certainly does not shine 24/7.
A clean, healthful environment is a costly good. When we increase energy prices, we slow, stop or reverse the climb out of poverty for the 2 billion or more people in the world still suffering poverty.
Another problem with wind and solar as major energy sources is that they do not make liquid transport fuels. Wind and solar can only make electricity, but to replace all the electricity we now get from fossil fuels we would need to cover all of the United States east of the Mississippi River with wind turbines.
If we were to convert our petroleum vehicles with electric vehicles, we would need to cover all the rest of the land from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. The situation is similar for solar. That would be both environmentally and economically devastating.
Wind and solar are neither “green” (good for the environment) or “clean” (effective to curb global warming or reduce traditional pollutants).
A concerned citizen, Adrian Arp, Ph.D.