Solar panels, windmills or electric cars cannot be built without mining more copper, lithium, iron and aluminium. That means vastly more destructive scraping and digging of ocean floors, rainforests and tundras on a scale inconceivable to most environmentalists. If fossil fuels are destructive, renewable alternatives are maybe even more so.
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Analysis: If fossil fuels are destructive, renewable alternatives are maybe even more so
The following is republished from Climate Depot, based on an article written by Terence Corcoran and published in Financial Post
In the rollicking world of net-zero policy-making and initiatives, Canada aims to be a global leader. The country’s bankers, mining executives, auto companies, electricity producers and political leaders have merged into a unified machine around the idea that a new green economy can be achieved via a just transition to a global energy system free of carbon emissions.
The nationalist clatter last week around the possible sale of Teck Resources of Vancouver to Swiss mining giant Glencore reflected the new official Canadian corporatist approach. As a key global player in the business of producing “critical minerals” – copper, zinc, molybdenum – Teck is seen as a vital cog in the wheel of economic fortune swirling around the net-zero objectives.
The Trudeau Liberals’ enthusiasm for the new national economic model was captured in ‘The Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy’, a report released last December by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne. “Critical minerals are the building blocks for the green and digital economy. There is no energy transition without critical minerals: no batteries, no electric cars, no wind turbines and no solar panels. The sun provides raw energy, but electricity flows through copper. Wind turbines need manganese, platinum and rare earth magnets. Nuclear power requires uranium. Electric vehicles require batteries made with lithium, cobalt and nickel and magnets. Indium and tellurium are integral to solar panel manufacturing.”
Both Ministers signed a letter in defence of Teck Resources as a national corporate champion. Teck, they said, is “of central importance to our country as we expand our critical minerals value chain and build a clean economy.”
But exactly how clean and green is the net-zero economic strategy? It’s a question raised in a revealing commentary by veteran Canadian environmental journalist Andrew Nikiforuk. Writing in The Tyee, a Vancouver-based online publication, Nikiforuk reviews the work of academics and a “rising chorus of renewable energy sceptics” who believe that the great transition to a renewable energy future is a green techno-dream that is “vastly destructive.”
Nikiforuk is not writing for NetZeroWatch. Nor is he in the same camp as anti-renewable author Alex Epstein, whose book, Fossil Future, rips the renewable alternatives and champions oil and gas. At The Tyee, Nikiforuk continues his work as an anti-fossil-fuel environmental writer whose books include Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, and The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude.
In his new commentary, which has received far too little attention in the media and among policy-makers, Nikiforuk spares no one and pulls no punches. “For largely ideological reasons,” he writes, “many greens and ‘transitionists’ have presented the transition to renewables as a smooth road with no potholes.” Drawing on the work of an array of analysts and scientists, Nikiforuk describes the destructive forces that will be unleashed by the global push to replace fossil fuels.
A dirty wake-up call from the environmental left
Much of the impact of the renewable crusade should be obvious. Solar panels, windmills or electric cars cannot be built without mining more copper, lithium, iron and aluminium. “That means vastly more destructive scraping and digging of ocean floors, rainforests and tundras on a scale inconceivable to most environmentalists.”
Nikiforuk then lists some of the inconceivable, citing various sources, including Simon Michaux at Finland’s Geological Society. Michaux calculates that to replace 46,423 power stations run by oil, coal, gas and nuclear energy would require the construction of 586,000 power stations run by wind, solar and hydrogen.
Another example: “Every electric vehicle contains about 75 kilograms of copper or three times more than a conventional vehicle. A single wind turbine generally contains 500 kilograms of nickel. That nickel requires 100 tonnes of steelmaking coal to be refined. And every crystalline silicon solar panel contains 20 grams of silver paste. It takes 80 metric tons of silver to generate approximately a gigawatt of solar power.”
On copper, Michaux states that current copper reserves at 880 million tonnes are equal to approximately 30 years of production. “But industry will need 4.5 billion tonnes of copper to manufacture just one generation of renewable technologies,” he estimates. “That’s six times the volume of copper mined throughout history.”
No wonder Glencore wants to get its financial paws on Teck Resources’ copper operations in South America and Canada.
Featured image: How Sulfide-Ore Copper Mines Pollute
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Back of a fag packet maths showed there were serious green errors 20 years ago. But folk tend to be trusting that self proclaiming experts had uncovered serious flaws and we were all doomed.
We may now well be doomed regressing hundreds of years and lose 80% of the Global population, as medicine transport and energy systems fail.
The author of the 1972 iconic panic book Limits to Growth has now revealed his wish to cull 82% of Global population, at the end of WW2 folk were hung for less as a crime against humanity.
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Pollution is a problem. ‘Climate change’ is not. The two have been deliberately confused and blurred into one to further the WEF agenda. There aren’t enough raw materials to continue down this ‘green’ path. Mining for electric car batteries is devastating for landscapes and communities.
I think the globalist know that “green” energy is more destructive, just like they know the current “trans” movement is destructive to civil society. What do both movements have in common? Depopulation. Globalists like their gas and oil. These movements are a means to an end – reduce the population exponentially. And, according to the Bible, God will allow it to happen because the people have rejected Him. Billions will die from war, violence, diseases and famine in a span of just a few years. However, God will judge the people responsible for these deaths. Reckoning is coming. Time to get right with God is now. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.
I’m in no way meaning to be offensive, but if you can understand that we have been lied to and manipulated on every level (which we have), why people cannot understand that perhaps the Bible itself was manipulated all those years ago? Thus people do not have the correct idea about God and what he is and what he isn’t. I have a very different understanding BECAUSE I opted out of the “education” in it and found my OWN way, as opposed to following what I was “taught” by others.
I think you’ll find that this same group of people (just different generations of it) have been with us for our entire KNOWN history and before that also into our unknown history. So, then realizing that perhaps CENSORSHIP is nothing new – people are actually going to have to question ALL their belief systems, not just one or two of them. This one is going to be very difficult for many people. I’m hoping that the more accurate version of the Bible (that I understand they may now have the material for) will help with this.
I am NOT saying there is no God – there absolutely is – but people don’t understand it properly. This is yet MORE knowledge that has essentially been kept from us in order to thwart our very evolution as a species.
I personally get very upset with what many people say about God, and some of what the Bible says about God. God is GREATER than the Bible seems to suggest, imo. If God were a human, he would likely sue for defamation!
Having said that, there ARE also some marvellous truths in the Bible – for those that have eyes to see and ears to hear. There are untruths in there also. This is the work of what we would now call the Deep State who have been manipulating everything in sight forever.
TRUTH is coming….. and you may wish to prepare yourself.
Spot on. The pollution is also BY DESIGN. We are being poisoned in every way imaginable. This is all designed to keep our levels of consciousness in a “safe zone” for our controllers.
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Great article and very true. Thank you.
Most people would likely be surprised to learn that there is NO shortage of oil and that it is NOT a finite resource!
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