The Germans are clear-cutting an old growth forest, to get at the coal underneath, to power the solar panels and wind turbines, so they can export diesel cars, whose emissions they lie about, which also burn palm oil and soy oil mixed in their fuel.
South East Asia, Africa and South America are clear cutting forests to grow the palm and soy oil Germany needs. The cut wood is shipped to Europe, who burn it in giant furnaces to make electricity. I don’t hate Germans, most of my family are German/Irish, but I sure as hell hate Germany.
The Indonesians actually poisoned elephants and hunted orangutans in their National Wildlife Park, so they would have an excuse to cut it down, ship the wood to Europe and start palm oil plantations.
Sweden burns more newsprint than anyone else. They call it recycled energy.
Norway is building a massive $40 billion highway/bridge/tunnel project along their north coast.
The earth has already warmed +1° C, and James Hansen says that’s already too dangerous. Do we listen? No, we still talk about 2° C like it has any basis in reality. The only basis in reality 2° C has is in our wishes, which unlike fishes, are still plentiful.
To stay under 1.5° C, we have to reduce emissions 50% in 10 years. | Claire Fyson
To stay under 2° C, we have to reduce emissions 100% in 20 years. | Stefan Rahmstorf
So what’s Europe’s answer? Burn more trees of course.
Europe wants to promote burning trees for electricity as the answer to our emissions problem.
They say tree burning emissions don’t count because the trees will grow back in 50 years.
This is the very definition of insanity.
Europe wants to double its renewable energy by 2030. Sounds good right?
But 50% of Europe’s renewable energy comes from burning trees.
In effect, Europe wants to double the number of trees they burn to save the planet.
Europe would have to harvest 100% more trees just to meet 5% of their total energy budget.
They don’t like burning their own trees, so they import them on cargo ships from all over the world.
Burning wood for electricity, and not counting the emissions, means that a mandated 5% decrease in emissions will actually become a 5-10% increase.
It’s like saying a nickel is worth a dime because there’s two sides to each coin.
Watch and Weep