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.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.
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.
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.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!
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.
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.