We’ve known about the dangers of climate change for six decades. Back when scientists first started warning about it, there was still barely enough time to make changes in the way we treated our natural resources. The modern environmental movement was born and students organized the very first Earth Day. Many years have gone by since then. Why do we continue to be addicted to fossil fuels?
In 2006, Al Gore made an award-winning film highlighting the dangers of global warming. A few years later, Barack Obama rolled out a stimulus package with nearly $100 billion for green energy, and Richard Branson pledged $3 billion to fight global warming. Many investors came forward and poured their own money into green energy. Things started looking up and the green energy revolution was well on its way.
Then General Motors introduced its new electric vehicle and in the midst of all the excitement admitted that it would not be correct to assume that all the power needed for the cars came from wind and solar energy.
As a consequence of the push for green energy, wind farms started popping up all over the country. Although the machines were impressive, the question remained if they were able to save us from industrial civilization.
For instance: the biggest source of green energy in Vermont is something called biomass: burning trees to create electricity. The ash residue has varying levels of toxic metals and a great deal of radiation. The facility burns 400,000 tons of trees per year, but people are under the delusion that it’s a solution to environmental issues. They also don’t realize that it takes a lot of fossil fuel to cut down the trees, truck them in, and power the big machinery to dump the woodchips.
When millionaire environmentalists divest from fossil fuels and invest in green funds, what are they really investing in? Turns out the investment goes towards mining, oil and gas infrastructure companies, fast food restaurants that drive meat consumption, biofuels producers, the largest creator of plastic pollution, logging and paper companies, and even banks that finance deforestation.
It’s really easy to call one’s self an environmentalist, as long as it doesn’t affect profits. When it comes down to choosing between gold bars and saving the planet, gold seems to win every single time.