Country Living Series

Monday, January 11, 2010

The environmental cost of being "green"

Here's a sobering thought: all those CFL's and solar panels the greenies would love for us to adopt? (In the case of light bulbs, forcing us to adopt...)

Well, they're not as environmentally-friendly as they'd like us to believe. With an upcoming ban on incandescent light bulbs looming in 2012, it's long concerned me that most CFL's are produced in China (which also necessitates shipping the damned things halfway around the globe! Helloooo? Tankers?).

I've griped about banning incandescents before. But this article illuminates the nasty work and environment poisoning necessary to extract rare earths used in CFL's, solar panels, wind turbines, hybrid vehicles, and an entire host of other modern conveniences such as digital cameras, computers, etc.

After reading this article, I find it sickeningly amusing how the dimwit greenies in Seattle will brag about their low ecological footprint because they use "green" technology. Try bragging after reading the link.

China has us by the balls on the issue of rare earths, folks. Make no mistake.


  1. Well, thanks for that information, Patrice. Who would have thought that our "Green Religion" rules would be creating such environmental degradation?

  2. Somehow when Kermit sang 'it's not easy being green' I don't think this is what he meant.


  3. Does China REALLY have YOU by the balls, Patrice?

  4. LED lights are far better than low wattage fluoro lights. They are expensive but they last a long, long time.

  5. I realize I'm late to the party, but this is another one I can't let pass.

    The people pushing this crap are the same people who say the sustainable carrying capacity of the Earth is less than 1 billion, because each of those 1 billion privileged souls should be entitled to a typical American upper-middle-class existence.

    That would be why I abandoned environmentalism, and liberalism shortly thereafter.

    Do it yourself, and do without.

    Full disclosure-- I am hypocritical as all Hell. We live a typical American middle class existence; we want for no luxury or convenience, our children are in danger of growing up spoiled yuppie brats.

    That doesn't mean I am incapable of asking myself one hard question: What are our REAL needs???