Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added.
THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED
A WORK IN PROGRESS SOLO PERFORMANCE
The water has changed. The climate has changed. The rules have changed. There’s toxic data everywhere. How do we know what’s true?
Josh Fox traces his personal arc from 9/11 to present day America with chilling proximity. A story that offers both a warning and a way forward for our besieged democracy…
He became one of America’s firsthand witnesses to systemic corruption and a deeply terrifying shift towards a kind of authoritarian government that we have not before seen in the USA. Through his complex, funny and often dramatic storytelling, Josh portrays a dizzying and confused landscape in which THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED.
Sounds like yet another attempt to add a milli-second to his much too long 15 minutes of fame. Still, it’s unlikely anyone knows more about changing truth than a guy who once bragged that “everything in the film was planned, every scene was either scripted or outlined beforehand – but everything really happened, because it was real, in a sense, we were immersed in that reality.” And, of course, who can forget this:
No doubt this is a solvable problem, but the story illustrates the nonsensical idea there is any form of perfectly clean energy. All have consequences and they must be evaluated factually without the intrusion of ideology. Even the Germans are learning this:
…a new study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics dubbed: “Release of Hazardous Material from Photovoltaic Modules,” found “serious environmental consequences” from solar modules. Formerly it was claimed that solar modules posed no real danger to the environment…
…researchers in Stuttgart checked if toxic substances could be transported from the modules to the environment by water…
Though 100% recycling may be almost achievable in rich, industrial countries, Welt cites the experts, who say there is the high likelihood the modules will simply end up littering the landscape in poor countries.
Poor countries, often located in sunny equatorial regions where solar energy is more effective, face the potential of being blanketed by vast swaths of hazardous material as used, worn-out modules get thrown out.
The researchers say that currently there are about 3,700 square kilometers of solar modules installed globally and estimate that, as of 2016, the modules contained 11,000 tons of lead and 800 tons of cadmium, reports Welt, citing the study.
Welt adds that the EU banned the use of toxic heavy metals and solder by the electrical industry, but the solar industry was exempted on the behest of the solar lobby. The solar industry needs to be included in the ban as well, the experts say, so that the global spread of heavy toxic metals can be curbed.
The solar folks have lobbyists who got them an exemption? Was that another Halliburton Loophole? Well, no. There never was a Halliburton Loophole. The fractivists pushing solar made that one up.
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