Green seems to be the name of the game when it comes to modern living. These days green housing, green businesses, green computing, and green energy are just a few of the media buzzwords that seem to make people feel like they are saving the planet. Although some green efforts seem to have legitimate benefits, others seem to create more problems than they are worth.
A longstanding “green” initiative, mixing ethanol with fuel, aims to reduce the amount of oil consumed in the United States by volume. First introduced by the Jimmy Carter regime, mandated use of ethanol has skyrocketed, having no discernible effect on oil consumption or air quality, but negatively affecting virtually the entire world.
According to the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/automobiles/10ETHANOL.html?_r=1), many in the automotive industry point to the devastating effects ethanol-laced fuels have on internal engine parts. By introducing excess water and other substances to a motor through ethanol-blended fuels, drivers face damages that may not be covered under vehicle warranties. Ethanol is also said to be destructive for small engines used in yard equipment, boats, and other applications.
Fuel mixed with ethanol is also said to provide less fuel economy for automobiles, forcing motorists to purchase more fuel to go the same distance, neutralizing the intended benefits of reduced oil consumption.
Perhaps the most severe repercussion of the “green” ethanol initiative is the impact of U.S. Government bio-fuel mandates on the world’s food supply.
Because the U.S. Government heartily subsidizes corn raised for use in biofuels, many farmers gravitate to the ethanol market so they can earn more money for the same crop. This process has necessarily decreased the world’s supply of corn and forced prices higher, forcing thousands to die from starvation as a direct result of “green” policies.
As OpenMarket.org (http://www.openmarket.org/2011/01/22/obama-policies-fuel-global-food-crisis-through-ethanol-mandates-while-fostering-obesity-in-america/) asserted last month, “green” ethanol policies have resulted in deforestation, destruction to the earth’s ozone layer, diminished air quality, and killed the poor.
In spite of the destruction fostered by government ethanol policies, the Obama regime has moved to increase the amount of ethanol mixed with gasoline, a move that many suggest will only further exacerbate global hunger and unrest.
Dirty “green” energy
Although the Obama regime has joined the global progressive movement in advocating for “green” energy solutions such as wind and solar power, there are many aspects of “green” energy that make it worse than the worst case scenario of fossil fuels.
For starters, “green” energy jobs have proven to be mythical as exemplified by Spain. As columnist Michelle Malkin (http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/13/spains-green-jobs-boondoggle/) reported, each so-called “green” job created in Spain directly accounted for the loss of 2.2 other jobs, exacerbating the Spanish economy to the point that the “green” jobs initiative had to be disbanded.
The Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122886086448792609.html) documented the catastrophic global effects of “cap and trade” initiatives designed to reduce the use of fossil fuels, suggesting that workers in Europe and America left unemployed, hungry and destitute through “green” energy initiatives may no longer support those endeavors.
Alternative “green” energy has also wreaked unprecedented environmental damage to the same planet its proponents claim to be saving. For example, government-subsidized wind turbine producers turn to China to maximize their profits. China is not subjected to the same draconian environmental policies that America and other Western nations are subjected to, meaning that government-controlled corporations there dump highly toxic materials without regard to human welfare or the environmental health of the planet.
The U.K. Daily Mail ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-green-wind-power-experiment-Pollution-disastrous-scale.html) recently exposed just one example of the horrors associated with the manufacturing of “green” wind turbines, showing the human and environmental nightmare created by such government-funded endeavors.
The “green” initiatives mentioned here are just two examples of how going “green” to save the planet can actually accelerate the destruction of the earth and of humanity.