‘Green Energy’ vs Wild Nature

Do you want to keep the lights on and the gadgets running, or liberate Nature from a deadly enslavement by Technology?

So I must announce, because all the critics miss this point, that it is not merely that technologies are burning polluting fuels and thereby fouling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, nor that other technologies amplify a simple virus jumping across species into a global pandemic; the essential problem is that technology always comes to exist in exchange for a sacrifice of wild Nature, and it always has unforeseen and unforeseeable consequences which inevitably impinge upon naturally-occurring freedoms for humans and non-humans.

Even if it’s less than ideal, the one solution which stops industrial society causing climate change is immensely preferable to the plethora of bogus “solutions”.

Three example websites pushing the ‘empower women’ trope.

The other common canard pitched as a solution is simply ending capitalism.

Used by political conservatives to slight “failures” of socialist nations, the Left’s response to such images is only to attest that it does or will provide nighttime lighting and food surpluses, far from the natural condition where food demand slightly exceeds supply (thus isn’t wasted) and sunset brings the darkness which all Earthlings have evolved with and rely on. Thus it’s clear that capitalism and communism are simply two peas in the pod of techno-industrial mass-society.

Effectively, renewables simply add a non-emitting source for electrical power rather than replace any existing fuels.

Some critics of the documentary falsely claim that the film advocates fossil fuels, while others bemoan that it gives the fossil-fuels industry ‘ammunition’.

And for being milquetoast and servile to the technological system, Bill McKibben, a most prominent advocate of renewable energy, gets to soak up the limelight and be heralded as an environmentalist leader.

Focus on the main problem: the crisis worsens while we’re distracted to reforming secondary concerns.

NOTES:

  • …plant-based replacements for each of the major animal categories in the United States (beef, pork, dairy, poultry, and eggs) can produce twofold to 20-fold more nutritionally similar food per unit cropland. Replacing all animal-based items with plant-based replacement diets can add enough food to feed 350 million additional people, more than the expected benefits of eliminating all supply chain food loss.
    from “The opportunity cost of animal based diets exceeds all food losses” by A. Shepon, G. Eshel, E. Noor, R. Milo, 04/10/18

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