Killing Nuclear will Kill your Green Economy

by Serban V.C. Enache

The German government vowed to shut down nuclear energy by 2022. Germany is getting half of its energy needs from alternative sources: atomic 13 percent, solar 9 percent, wind 25 percent, and hydro power 5 percent. While carbon generator sources are: biomass 8 percent, gas 9 percent, hard coal 10 percent, brown coal 20 percent. Critics said and are saying that transitioning to alternate sources while, at the same time, phasing out atomic energy is too ambitious. I don’t approve of this euphemistic term “ambitious,” I think the word deranged is more fitting.

Eight years ago, the German chancellor Angela Merkel, in wake of the Fukushima situation, announced that she would phase out nuclear energy by 2022. Wind and solar power was promised to replace that fall in output, but here’s a word the pushers of radiophobia never mention – STORAGE. If you phase out nuclear, then what’s going to happen when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? That loss has to be replaced in the grid and the German Government, allegedly against fossil fuels and pro-green, plugged the gap with [dirty] coal, burning more and more of it. Even with 100 percent green energy generation, a country is still left seriously vulnerable to nature’s whim if it didn’t invest or invest sufficiently in diversification and storage capacity, to get batteries to feed the grid while the wind and the clouds aren’t favorable.

How can prudent and rational voices be heard when faced with so much ‘green’ propaganda? The most recent example being the crud from HBO on Chernobyl, the purpose of which is to conveniently promote radiophobia, given the historical moment facing the world today on this question. This weekend, hundreds of protesters in North Rhine Westphalia broke through a police line to demonstrate against the mining of brown coal. Note that nobody has a plan for people working in the coal sector. Nobody is interested in their livelihood or their communities. Nobody is giving them a better deal to replace their current profession.

The decision to phase out atomic power has NOTHING to do with science, but EVERYTHING to do with politics. The most effective carbon-free power source is atomic power – so why aren’t Western Governments and Western audiences in favor of nuclear energy? The technology employed by Chernobyl isn’t representative of modern reactors and modern safety regulations. German nuclear reactors should NOT be shut down, for they are the only units capable of meeting the baseload, while providing cheap energy and this energy is carbon-free. ‘Green’ opponents to atomic power say it’s worth it for the public to shoulder higher electricity bills in the short run, while the transition phase is carried out, and they claim this [higher] price will remain affordable. More so, the complete shutdown of atomic reactors in Germany is set to happen, even if renewables aren’t at a stage of covering the deficit in the grid. That shows how foolish they are, or perhaps, the word corrupt is more fitting, if we’re talking about the big interests behind these Government decisions. Ultimately, the shutting down of atomic plants in Germany means killing research and development in the nuclear sector, and making the country import more energy than before – ironically, importing energy from nuclear sources as well.

Everybody’s familiar with the bad rep of atomic energy. But here’s what not many people know about the ‘green’ propaganda’s favorite alternative source. Photo voltaic panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants; and the average lifespan of these panels is 25 years.


In 2016, solar provided 1.3 percent of the world’s electricity, with 301 GW installed. Nuclear reactors provided 10 percent of the world’s electricity in the same year. Japan is trying to chip away at a mountain of spent PV panels. Toshiba Environmental Solutions estimates it would take around 19 years to finish recycling all of the solar waste Japan produced by 2020. By 2034, the annual waste production will be 70 to 80 times larger than the waste production registered in 2020. We’re talking about one of the most advanced and orderly countries on earth, Japan.

But in countries like China, India, and Ghana, communities living near electronic waste dumps often burn the waste in order to salvage the copper wires for resale. Burning off the plastic releases fumes that are carcinogenic and teratogenic when inhaled. When will the mainstream entertainment sector make phobia-triggering films for PV cells? Possibly never. But wait, California doesn’t have a proper and safe plan to dispose of the solar waste either, and that state is a world leader in PV panels. Having manufacturers collect and dispose of PV panels at the end of their lives, as is the case in Europe, is doubtless a policy that every responsible country should take. But this provision doesn’t mean the phenomenon is under control. Far from it.

Let’s return to Japan, that highly advanced and ordered country. Its Environmental Department warns that between 2034 and 2040 the amount of [national] solar waste will range between 700 and 800 thousand tons every year. The projected peak of 810 tons [in a year] is equivalent to 40.5 million panels. To dispose that amount in a year would require a capacity of 110 thousand panels per day. My purpose here isn’t to bash or demonize PV panels, but to warn people of the heavy environmental cost, capital cost, and health cost associated with them.

The following graph shows us one net winner in terms of throughput [tonnes of materials per Twh] and this winner should get priority funding from Governments, but in reality, the opposite is the case – at least for most countries in the West.

Without preparation and diversification, the world is heading toward a solar panel waste crisis. With atomic power being strangled and or shut down, the world will remain heavily reliant on dirty and increasingly scarce coal, and billions of people will be affected. Who will end up suffering? It’s not going to be the rich.

And yet these ridiculous protest groups who call for frugality as a means to “mitigate” climate change continue to get supporters and headlines. It’s an outright lie, for even if we were to shut down all industries and transportation, the effects of climate change would still be felt – and their frugality ‘solution’ is nothing short but a massage for a wooden leg [Romanian expression]. Besides, how legit are these supporters of frugality? Don’t they use smart phones and tablets to communicate and organize themselves? Aren’t they hooked up to the internet? To social media? Do they not own computers? Do they not consume industry-created substances and products? Please… If you’re serious about bringing down CO2 emissions, you’ll be in favor of nuclear power, especially 3rd generation and 4th generation [theoretical & experimental] reactors. If not, you’re not serious about it; you’re just another poser.

The Neo-Malthusian New Deal

by Serban V.C. Enache

Former President of Greenpeace Canada Patrick Moore was very direct last month in an interview with Sputnik. I urge viewers to read it in full and to always be circumspect of any type of activism, no matter how pure it might seem.

“I suppose my main objection is the effective elimination of 80 percent of the world’s energy would likely eliminate 80 percent of the world’s people in the end. I mean, just growing food, for example — how would we grow food for the world’s people without tractors and trucks, and all of the other machinery that is required to deliver food, especially to the inner cities of large centers like Moscow, Shanghai and New York City? How would we get the food to the stores? It’s symptomatic of the fact that people who live in cities just take it for granted that this food appears there for them in supermarkets in great variety, healthy food to keep them alive when they couldn’t possibly grow it for themselves with such dense populations. And if, in fact, fossil fuels were banned, agricultural productivity would fall dramatically and people would starve by the millions. So, that is just a little bit of why I think it’s a ridiculous proposal.”

The so-called Green New Deal calls for a reduction of net CO2 emissions to zero within ten years. Even if renewables were increased up to 100 percent, that wouldn’t even address the majority of the USA’s energy use, which is not electricity. Transport by air, land, and sea is overwhelmingly powered by hydrocarbons. What sacrifices the bottom and middle sections of the population would have to make in order to achieve 100 percent electric surface transportation? Would this even be technologically and commercially viable for water and air transportation?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls for global CO2 emissions to shrink to net zero by 2050. The summary for policymakers gives a cost estimate, “annual average investment needs in the energy system of around 2.4 trillion USD2010 between 2016 and 2035, representing about 2.5 percent of World GDP.”

China’s CO2 emissions tripled from 2000 to 2012. During that period, poverty there decreased from 40.5 percent in 1999 to 6.5 percent in 2012, according to the World Bank, and Chinese investments have helped to alleviate poverty in Africa as well. Even under the Paris Agreement, Chinese CO2 emissions are expected to double by 2030, while those from India are expected to triple. Reliable and affordable energy means electricity in schools and hospitals, fuel for agricultural equipment, transportation of crops to markets, value-added manufacturing, state-of-the-art research facilities, efficient transit of people and goods; all of this translating into higher life expectancy, lower disease rates, better nutrition, and education.

As as side note, going green has a health cost too. For instance, solar PV panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants; their average lifespan is 25 years. Without preparation and diversification, the world is heading toward a solar panel waste crisis.

Anti-Human Environmentalism

The modern environmentalist movement was never about people at grassroots concerned about environmental decay, and had nothing to do with ‘saving the planet’. It was concocted and promoted by the British Empire to sabotage its geopolitical rivals from developing [particularly in-land development, which threatened British maritime trade dominance]. Combined with eugenics, this trans-national orchestrated effort aimed to continue the International Feudal-Stockholder System after 1945; people on the libertarian right and center right [Hayek, Friedman et al] alongside their counter-parts in the Frankfurt School had this joint aim. For more info on the Capitalist Right & Center’s role in this plot, read this Essay by Wolfgang Streeck. As for the Western Liberal Left and Far Left, I will quote a few passages from one of their ideologies’ architects at the end of this article.

After WW2, some of the most powerful oligarchic families in the West channeled important moneys and political clout into the organization known as the Club of Rome, which held that,

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine, and the like would fit the bill […] But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap of mistaking symptoms for causes […] The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”

At the same time, the UN sponsored a series of conferences on population control in the mid ’70s to promote the idea that human population growth is cancerous to the planet. I urge regular readers of this website to see this documentary about the legacy of sterilization and abortions in Asia, anti-human policies spearheaded by Western Governments and Western NGOs [in accord with the Chinese Communist leadership and Indira Gandhi’s Government as well]. Despite repeated interview requests, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the IPPF refused to comment.

Neo-Malthusian Outlook

Malthusianism is the idea that population growth is potentially exponential while the growth of the food supply is linear. Thomas Malthus saw population growth as inevitable whenever conditions improved, thus precluding real progress toward a better society: “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.” Henry George contended that Malthusian theory served as a tool for social control, conveying false justifications to support the landed class and oppose Government policy attempts to improve the lives of the poor.

As in most things, we are limited by our own assumptions – and history definitely proved Thomas Malthus’ assumptions and conclusions wrong. Birthrates stabilize as economic conditions improve. Japan, a highly advanced civilization, doesn’t deal with high birthrates, its problem is population aging – aka. birthrates are too small.

The Neo-Malthusian culture operates on the same flawed assumptions and on a hatred mysticism of Humanity, or, the masses of Humanity. They define ‘natural’ as that which excludes human activity. The rebranding of Global Warming into Climate Change served to imply that any change to the climate would be evil, simply by virtue of its transformative factor – as if Nature is stagnant and only [Evil] humans are going around, causing awful changes to the aforementioned static perfection. Does this hold true? For instance, if we use desalinated ocean water to turn a desert [region with a dreadfully low level of biological activity] into a lush home for plants, insects, animals, and humans – like the folks from the LaRouche Political Action Committee propose – would it be so bad? Are we hurting Nature? Are we hurting ourselves or future generations in the pursuit of a such a task?

Conclusion

Put in place the new technologies, the new infrastructure, the storage, new production facilities before you shut down the old ones. I don’t believe people in the US would want to engage in a 15 year failed attempt at going Green, like Germany, and then fire up new coal plants in order to prevent energy shortages. Germany’s plan is to phase out nuclear power by 2022 and coal power by 2038. Talk about epic facepalms. The Powers That Be and their sycophants across the hierarchical chain desire to ‘fight’ Climate Change on the backs of the poor, when in fact, almost 50 percent of global lifestyle consumption emissions are created by the richest 10 percent of the population; while the poorest 50 percent of the global population only produce about 10 percent of global consumption emissions.

“The historical mission of our world revolution is to rearrange a new culture of humanity to replace the previous social system. This conversion and reorganization of global society requires two essential steps, firstly the destruction of the old established order, secondly, the design and imposition of the new order, the first stage requires elimination of all frontier borders, nationhood and culture, public policy, ethical barriers and social definitions. Only then, the destroyed old system elements can be replaced by the imposed system elements of our new order.

The first task of our world revolution is destruction. All social strata and social formations created by traditional society must be annihilated. Individual men and women must be uprooted from their ancestral environment, torn out of their native milieus, no tradition of any type shall be permitted to remain as sacrosanct. Traditional social norms must also be viewed only as a disease to be eradicated. The ruling dictum of the new order is, nothing is good so everything must be criticized and abolished. Everything that was must be gone.

The forces preserving traditional society are “free market capitalism” in the social economic realm, and “democracy” in the mental political realm. The capitalist free market does not fight against the old economic order, nor does democracy lead a fierce hot battle against the forces of reaction which oppose the new order, therefore our transformative work will be imposed through the unifying principle of the militaristic spirit, the negative task of destroying the old established order will be completely solved and finished only when all the human masses are all forcibly collectivized as uniformed soldiers under imposed mass-conformity of new order culturing.

After destruction of the old order, construction of the new order is a larger and more difficult task…..We will have torn out the old limbs from their ancient roots in deep layers, social norms will be lying disorganized and anarchic so they must be blocked against new cultural forms and social categories naturally re-emerging. The general masses will have been first persuaded to join as equals in the first task of destroying their own traditional society and economic culture, but then the new order must be forcibly established through people again being divided and differentiated only in accordance with the new pyramidal hierarchical system of our imposed global monolithic new world order.” From the book/Manifesto, Der Geist des Militarismus, Stuttgart 1915, by Nahum Goldmann [a leading Zionist and founder of the World Jewish Congress]. From the English translation housed in the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute, p.37 – 38