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Why Are Environmentalists Never Satisfied?

The Mekong River in Laos plans to build a dam have naturally upset environmentalists

The Green NGOs are virtually impossible to keep happy when it comes to energy generation, fossil fueled power stations are evil because they emit CO2 and nuclear is evil, because it is nuclear.

Which leaves renewable energy like wind, solar and the long established hydroelectricity, none of which emit CO2 during energy generation, well that is the theory, the practice is somewhat different.

Wind Farms off the coast of Heligoland hum to the sound of diesel engines keeping the wind turbines turning over as someone forgot the necessary infrastructure to connect the wind farm to the German grid. In China a lake of toxic waste from wind turbine magnet production surrounds the town of Batou, while in Sudbury, Ontario nickel used in the production of the Green Toyota Prius has created a dead wasteland for many miles around, which NASA use for testing moon rovers.

Strangely neither of these desecrations of Gaia have upset the ecomentalists.

You would be forgiven for thinking that when a developing nation like Laos, or Chile wanted to build a dam for a hydroelectric scheme that would provide 20% of the country’s electricty needs the Greepeaces, WWFs and FoEs of this world would be happy as the proverbial pig: Read the rest of this entry