The terrible paradox of the green energy transition

The terrible paradox of the green energy transition

Postby Oscar » Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:14 pm

The terrible paradox of the green energy transition

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by Joyce Nelson November 23, 2021

"The metals and minerals needed to conduct this transition will result in a drastic increase in environmentally dirty mining. The global energy transition is perhaps more red than green after all."

Now that COP26 is over, we’re all being encouraged to embrace the energy transition and invest in solar panels, electric vehicles, wind turbines and other “green” technologies. But that has raised a terrible paradox: the metals and minerals needed to conduct this transition will result in a drastic increase in environmentally dirty mining.

A horrifying November 2021 article in Der Spiegel entitled Mining the Planet to Death: The Dirty Truth About Clean Technologies [ https://www.spiegel.de/international/wo ... d1ab698fa3 ] illuminates the paradox, describing how the “rescue” of green technology “also entails stripping the planet of precious resources.” . . . . .


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