Defending The Environment From Greens

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I have been fighting to protect the environment for more than 45 years. Air and water in the US was filthy in the 1960s, and I fought hard for the Clean Air Act – which made a massive difference in the quality of life.

  • I testified at my first Congressional hearing in support of wilderness in 1971.
  • I worked as a full-time volunteer wilderness ranger for the USFS two summers in the 1980’s.
  • I am a full time cyclist, and won’t get in a car unless I have no other choice.
  • I use and promote mass transit for the vast majority of my non-bicycle travel
  • I have put gas in my car only three times since June.
  • I think that we waste massive amounts of oil and that our unjustified depletion of the oil supply is an inter-generational crime. Society can’t function without oil and we have to stop wasting it.

But my biggest battle these days is against greens, who have been driven mad with government lies about “climate change.”  They are constantly trying to wreck the environment with hideous wind farms and solar farms.  My friends Angelika, Camilla, and Lorne Smith in Churchover, UK have been battling government (i.e. taxpayer) subsidized wind farms and solar farms in their village for nearly a decade, and just got another big win this week.

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People have spent centuries protecting the English countryside, and these green lunatics, driven mad by government climate lies and funded by taxpayer money, are on the constant attack to destroy it.

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27 Responses to Defending The Environment From Greens

  1. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Tony! Any objective observer would have to give you an A+ grade for your environmental efforts. Thank you!

    Meanwhile, Leo DeCaprio will fly a private jet halfway around the world to accept an award for his environmental efforts. The greenies will give him a pass… and then the CAGW crowd will post their comments here that YOU are a shill for Big Oil and getting your paycheck from climate criminals. It is madness!

    Thanks for your work, Tony. In a more sane world you would be given a McArthur Fellows Grant.

  2. Dave N says:

    On all of the points in this post, I am totally with you.

    I no longer even own a personal fossil-fuel powered vehicle (haven’t for more than 4 years). I either walk, cycle, or use mass transit.

    I am all for energy sources when they’re cost effective, reliable, and cause minimal harm to the environment. At present, in the case of wind and solar, they’re none of that. I am all for research into making them so, without wasting billions in the process.

    • Frank K. says:

      I’m with Dave N. I’m a mechanical engineer and received my BSME in 1983 (later Masters and Ph.D. in ME). I remember even way back then the massive research that was going on in solar, wind, and other renewables, a reaction to the oil “crisis” of the 70s (how long has NREL been around in Golden, CO?). There have been advances in solar technology, but wind has hampered by the fact that it relies on..well, the wind! Which sometimes does blow. It clear that wind (and solar) will never replace power technologies such as fossil fuels or nuclear for large scale energy needs such as heating/cooling and lighting of towns and cities.

      Despite that, I’m a BIG supporter of energy conservation and management, as well as the use of renewables to provide for local power needs. I would install solar on my house if I could make it economically viable. Still, in the future I foresee smart appliances that take much less power being fed by cheap, portable power supplies charged by renewable sources. New materials, computers, nanotechnology, 3D printing will make this a reality. To me, the reason to get out of large scale use of fossil fuels is to remove, once and for all, the dependence we currently have on foreign natural resources for our energy needs. In the meantime, though, I’m all for harvesting as much domestic oil and gas as we can while shifting towards safe nuclear options for large scale energy generation.

      • Jason Calley says:

        Hey Frank! You and Dave make a lot of sense. Right now, today, solar is very practical — in some locations! I have a cabin that is three miles from the nearest power lines, and solar makes sense, at least for me. The same can be said for wind. What a lot of greenies don’t seem to understand is that while solar and wind may be good solutions for some very specific and special circumstances, that does not mean that they can work for everyone. The very best locations are the first to be implemented. Wind energy works fine — if you live in Rabbit Ears Pass. The main thing that is missing before solar and wind are more commonly used is cheap and efficient storage batteries. For dependable power in urban areas, about the only thing that could replace fossil fuels is nuclear.

        There is one technology that I would like to see investigated… That would be a sort of decentralized nuclear. Crazy, huh? Maybe not. A decade or so back, I ran across a company that specialized in phosphorescent paints. They had developed a paint that glowed very brightly when combined with tritium gas. The techniques for making hollow glass micro-balloons is well known from fiberglass fillers, so this company made microballons that were coated with phosphors and filled with tritium. The resulting glow was strong enough that they then coated solar panels with the glowing microballons. Viola! A permanent (well, not permanent, the half life of tritium is 12 years) source of power, 24X7. When the tritium decayed, the glass microballoons could be crushed and recycled to scavenge off the remaining tritium. Ordinary accidents would not release enough tritium to make much difference. Imagine a sort of hybrid electric car where the batteries recharge themselves from a stack of panels in the trunk. Of course, good luck with getting permission to use tritium…

  3. John F Hultquist says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/30/chelsea-clinton-takes-private-jet-to-clean-energy-roundtable.html

    “After her two events in Greenville, Clinton was scheduled to attend a “clean energy roundtable” in Asheville, which is about a 5-hour drive away. But instead of driving or flying on a commercial plane, Clinton opted to a take a private jet. “

  4. TA says:

    Good for Churchover! Fighting the good fight.

  5. Gail Combs says:

    I drive, but I have OLD vehicles, the newest is a 1993. I try to make sure I combined trips so I only drive as much as possible. I don’t buy a totally new wardrobe every season, I have never bought any new furniture and only bought new Frig and Freezer for the energy savings.

    • AndyG55 says:

      My 38 year old washing machine ceased to work, last week.
      Quick search for parts on the net..

      Now she’s like new again, another 20+ years, I reckon. :-)

      I wish other appliances would last as long.

      • RAH says:

        We bought a new LG brand washer and dryer set last year and I’m glad we did. Got a great deal on scratch & dent you can’t even see and both machines are so quiet and run so smoothly that you can hardly tell they’re running when standing right next to them. Very happy with these conventional top load washer and front load dryer machines. The things even automatically hook to the web through WiFi for remote diagnosis by a tech if and when the time comes one has a problem.

  6. Andy DC says:

    How many people really need to commute to work every day? Especially people with desk jobs. That is where there is a tremendous waste of fuel, plus wasted productivity.

    • Me says:

      The reality is, it doesn’t matter if they are paying for it out of their own pocket.

      • Me says:

        It’s like Jason said above, he has a cabin that is away from the grid, so he does what he needs to make it confortable for his needs at his cabin. In most cases, that is where this so called green tech is viable, on a personal level.

        • Me says:

          Amd as for the rest talking about wasting Fuels, Well if they aren’t paying for the use of it and doing their thing then that is their thing. If someone else wants to go on a road trip and see landmarks and travel and are willing to pay for it then that is up to them how they spend their money now isn’t it?

    • RAH says:

      But the automobile is the ultimate symbol of independence and liberty for many. There are millions of people driving everyday that could not positively answer the WW II question that was always asked: “Is this trip necessary?”

      • Me says:

        Exactly, and if it is only necessary for defence for freedom then do you have freedom?

      • Me says:

        Now, your example was of crunch time where it was needed to preserve freedom, and after that crunch time everyone was free to do as they may again. Right?

        • RAH says:

          Just because one has the right to do something does not make it right. One has the right to just throw their aluminum cans into the regular trash but since aluminum is the ultimate recyclable metal it just makes sense to have a can crusher and keep them for recycle. Applying a little common sense is all that is needed. I Love to drive, and do it for a living. But we still try to consolidate our trips out here at home. It doesn’t just make environmental sense, it makes economic sense. It is a fact that there are finite resources on this planet. Conserving them is just common sense.
          Don’t get me wrong. I have never in my life bought a car based on MPG and wouldn’t be caught dead in a Prius. But the average person can still be a responsible steward of our planet without denying themselves anything of consequence.

          • Me says:

            Exactly, And I agree, But be carefull as to how that can be twisted, and traded off until everything you do is under a microscope.

          • Me says:

            So with this poing here that Tony made, I disagree with, If there is a need and people willing to pay and an abundance then let the free market decide!
            “I think that we waste massive amounts of oil and that our unjustified depletion of the oil supply is an inter-generational crime. Society can’t function without oil and we have to stop wasting it.”

            It’s not a waste if people are using it for it’s intended purpose, and how they use it is up to them, as they are paying for it!

          • Me says:

            ….So with this posting here….

          • Me says:

            And it’s like all the other tech out there, how many plastics are wasted and not recycled, What ever happened to reduce reuse and recycle? I guess it all depends on the scarcity of Oil before it is taken seriously and there is really a need?

          • Me says:

            Bottom Line is it’s Bullshit, frrom start to finish. The end result is for you to pay.

      • Me says:

        If not, then here is another, all us western nations going green and away from fuels. Now we are all an electric battery\grid society???? Who is to stop some dictatorship country with reliable fuel energy from over running our country??? We have Nukes??? What good are they, if like this election term that one candidate says ya need the right tempermanent? And the other says He will not tell the enemy what he will do and tell them every thing is in play! Just make my day!

  7. Ajm says:

    I have this belief that we need to treat our environment with love and respect. I also believe the “global warming/climate change” arguments are all irrelevant self indulgent rubbish. Its not about the environment but about making money as a marketing tool.

    Even if a percentage of the money spent on both sides of the argument was actually spent on the environment and some of the self righteousness was caste aside and focus on the environment instead of self then how much a better place the world would be.

    Your article hints on these things and its no surprise that a “doer” sees the reality of things.

  8. 4TimesAYear says:

    It sounds like you buy gas about as frequently as I do – which isn’t often. I must confess that my age is catching up with me, though. I used to do more walking to the store (depending on which one, it can be a 6 mile round trip), but I can’t carry very much that far any more, so I rely on the car more now than I did previously.
    (Because it takes me a while to use a tankful of gas, I need to add a fuel preservative – otherwise it degrades and gums up systems – whether it’s the car, mower, etc.)

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