Invisible green disaster

In the Daily Mail a piece that shows up the ill effects of Europes obsession with wind power: Pollution on a disastrous scale. It deals with the polluted, dead and barren landscape in Inner-Mongolia that is left after mining for rare earths. One of these is neodymium, the element needed to make the magnets in wind turbines.
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.

Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.

This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for seven million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components.
People living in the area were forced to move, after crops started to wither and fail, livestock became ill and died and even human inhabitants started to suffer.
Dalahai villagers say their teeth began to fall out, their hair turned white at unusually young ages, and they suffered from severe skin and respiratory diseases. Children were born with soft bones and cancer rates rocketed.

Official studies carried out five years ago in Dalahai village confirmed there were unusually high rates of cancer along with high rates of osteoporosis and skin and respiratory diseases. The lake’s radiation levels are ten times higher than in the surrounding countryside, the studies found.

Since then, maybe because of pressure from the companies operating around the lake, which pump out waste 24 hours a day, the results of ongoing radiation and toxicity tests carried out on the lake have been kept secret and officials have refused to publicly acknowledge health risks to nearby villages.
Your average greenie gets to feel all superior to you and me, because he can abide the monstrosities and the huge amount of subsidies they eat. And China is far away and invisible, isn't it? The green disaster taking place in Upper-Mongolia is not our concern. And if it was: It's all for the greater good, isn't it? Some sacrifices have to be made for us to lead sustainable lives. We can safely ignore the thousands of lives ruined by government money enabling the erection of wind farm after wind farm. We are green and sustainable! We live off the wind! Yay for us!

And in Upper-Mongolia crops wither, livestock perishes and children are born with soft bones. Keep that in mind the next time someone waxes lyrical about those giant white, bird-slashing monsters spoiling the land. I've said it before, I'm going to say it again: Environmentalists, eco-friendly, but people-hostile.

5 reacties:

DP111 zei

Given the disaster in China, I wouldn't even call Environmentalists eco-friendly. In fact the reverse. So who or what are they?

Firstly they are people who need to believe in something, to make their lives mean something. These are the ordinary honest to goodness Environmentalists. The second are the fairly well to do ones that can sport this on their lapel, a charitable cause they can contribute to, seen at charitable fund raisers with celebs, and a topic of conversation at dinner tables and name drop. The third kind are making big money out of it, or politicians getting kickbacks in the form of election contributions to further the cause.

Move along taxpayer, nothing to see here

http://autonomousmind.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/move-along-taxpayer-nothing-to-see-here/

Lawrence zei

KV, you just don't get it, man. We're all supposed to go back to the stone age, and play in the sand with sticks and eat carrots and wheatgrass, that way the only footprint we'll have is the one we leave in the mud beside the watering hole.

Klein Verzet zei

DP,

Yes, I guess that is a fair summing up of the people involved.

Lawrence,

Ah... Now I get it! :-D

Guy Gadbois zei

Rumour has it that after the wall was torn down in 89 and USSR collapsed a couple of years later, they say the western marxists needed something else to "care for" instead. So they started hugging the environment and some started to hug islam instead, their new protaleriat. It'sprobably true that the green parties are full of communists anyway.

Klein Verzet zei

Well, there's a good reason why Delingpoles new book is called 'Watermelons': Green on the outside, red on the inside....

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