We are currently facing a call for renewable energy and the like. I have solar panels on my roof and feel pretty good about that. There are numerous ways we can all help with this ecologically sustainable battle and it’s worth the effort even if politicians don’t get it yet.

THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE

Without a healthy environment life would be a lot more difficult on earth. However, while the value of clean air, soil, water and healthy forests is front and centre there is an emerging conundrum regarding the future.

Los Angeles has a rat problem and a power shortage. Hmmm, if we could just……..

So the elephant in the room, however, is the world’s population which is currently 7.7 billion and growing at the rate of 80 million people per year. The big rise began around 1850 and really took off in the 1950’s.

If it keeps going, planet Earth will be called on to support up to 16 billion people by 2100. This is a staggering completely unsustainable global population and as we rise along the trend line it’s going to get ugly, really ugly.

DID SOMEONE SAY GOLD COAST

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-gold-coast-wants-to-be-classified-as-regional-to-bring-in-more-migrants

In a micro version the Gold Coast is suffering the same fate as we hurtle toward over population and over development thus destroying the very reason we live here.

For goodness sake someone tell Mayor Tom Tate his myopic vision of a big Gold Coast will create a legacy of madness at the expense of future generations.

His metrics are like the various State and Federal governments, simply based on never ending growth and expansion at the direct cost to our grandchildren and planet earth.

More 3rd world immigration means more graft and corruption. So tell me – is there a downside?

I would like to share with you a view which you may not have heard before. I stand by, and believe, that proper respect and sustainable management of planet earth is paramount.

ARE RENEWABLES OUR SAVIOUR?

Unfortunately, renewable energy carries with it a very large unexpected cost and is not necessarily the ultimate salvation we think.

Many people dream of powering society entirely with wind and solar farms combined with massive batteries. What they probably don’t realise is that this dream would require the biggest expansion in mining the world has seen. It would also produce huge quantities of waste.

For example, building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of plastic. That’s a huge amount of resources and represents very large amounts of energy in manufacturing.

WHAT ABOUT ALL THE MINING?

So, we can expect an unparalleled mining boom unlike anything in human history. The International Renewable Energy Agency calculates that solar goals for 2050 consistent with the Paris Accords will result in old solar panel disposal constituting more than double the tonnage of all today’s global plastic waste.

A single electric-car battery weighs about 460 kg. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving and processing more than 227 tonnes of raw materials somewhere on the planet. If electric vehicles replace conventional cars, demand for cobalt and lithium will rise more than 20-fold.

That doesn’t count batteries to back up wind and solar grids. The demand for minerals won’t likely be met by mines in Europe the USA or Australia. Instead, much of the mining will take place in nations with oppressive labour practices.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo produces 70% of the world’s raw cobalt and China controls 90% of cobalt refining. The Sydney-based Institute for a Sustainable Future cautions that a global gold rush for minerals could take miners into some remote wilderness areas that have maintained high biodiversity because they haven’t yet been disturbed.

Building enough wind turbines to supply half the world’s electricity would require nearly two billion tons of coal to produce the concrete and steel, along with two billion barrels of oil to make the composite blades.

More than 90% of the world’s solar panels are built in Asia on coal-heavy electric grids. Mark Mills is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and he’s written a great deal about this matter.

He reflects, tongue in cheek, on the dream of discovering “unobtanium” which is a magical energy-producing element that appears out of nowhere. It requires no land, weighs nothing, and emits nothing.

MY VIEW ON ALL OF THIS

In my view the one and only solution to creating a truly sustainable future is to stabilise the world’s population to about 5 billion and in the case of the Gold Coast to about half a million.

Laugh if you will but our various government leaders are washed along in a dream like state which is about to become a local and global nightmare. That is because with renewable energy sources and science, we are moving in the right direction and that’s a very good thing.

However, even if we could produce limitless renewable energy for free, a population of 17 Billion people would be catastrophic burden on the natural environment of this planet.

This is a huge threat and politicians are completely ignoring it.

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This film explores the truly insane & disturbing world of ‘nature commodification’ in all its warped dystopian horror. Witness men in suits tell us how much a fly is worth or how much unpaid bee-labour adds to the economy. Listen to them talk about the amazing investment opportunities in species-scarcity and show their portfolios of rare owls, turtles, butterflies etc. Did you know an entire banking system is evolving that deals with something even less real than fiat-money? That buys up land on which – allegedly – endangered creatures live and then sells the ‘credits’ it gives itself for ‘saving’… Read more »

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Good article but I wish people would stop using photos of this vessel when talking about either “Muslim invasions” or population growth. It is relevant to neither.

The “Vlora” was a cargo ship built in 1960 in Ancona (Italy) that sailed under the Albanian flag until 1996. It is most famous for carrying tens of thousands of Albanian refugees, during the fall of Communism there, to the Italian port of Bari on 8 August 1991, an unprecedented mass arrival that left Italian authorities unprepared.

Many of them later returned to Albania.

All the best.

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I agree with every word Kent,Population is the big elephant in the room, and with that the mass migrations of people who cannot support themselves into the already well populated and settled nations , who already have their own problems,We can and should also mention that the world economy is built on cheap oil, what we really need is an alternative vehicle fuel,While we complain about the price of Petrol/Diesel, billions of third world world people rely on fossil fuels as well ,Can we make enough vehicle fuel from renewable vegetation, to power the worlds vehicle fleet?,like it or not,… Read more »

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Trump bashes Chicago’s top cop Eddie Johnson: He’s not doing his job 11mins

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I noticed one of the feral protesters on the television footage I saw this morning was wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “#Refugees Are Welcome” emblazoned across the front.
What do economic opportunist country-shoppers have to do with mining or climate?
Protesting for protest’s sake. She was rather unattractive and on the corpulent side so I guess there’s that. It’s one way to get attention I suppose.

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Tommy Tate of the Gold Coast……..The FW’s FW……………dunder head……….

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‘Trump pulled US Troops from the Northern Border with Turkey – to allow Turkey to attack the Kurds and to allow Turkey to free ISIS prisoners.’

Has Trump been helping ISIS forces to escape from capture?

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Turkey was then able to invade that part of Syria.

At least 750 people with links to ISIS were then able to escape captivity.

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Now that Saint Greta has been reduced to the size of a Microbe (2mm long) we must all crush every little insect we spot with the heel of our boots…………..

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The far left White House press corps was shocked when they were served this plate of yummy-ness on Air Force One today.

Happy Halloween!

BOO!

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I also said to JOE “I KNOW NOTHING.”

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Islamic State video announces creation of a province in The Philippines – too close for comfort

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The Islamic State’s media arm released this video sometime during the past week. It shows various Abu Sayyaf battalions pledging allegiance to Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State and announces the creation of a province of the Islamic State or Caliphate in the southern Philippines – this from the Heavy website

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More than 20 climate protesters have been arrested in an ugly standoff with police in Melbourne as activist groups stage a second day of disruptive action.

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Shrinking Stevenson Screens cause global warming (and peeling paint, long grass…)

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What is enough government drought assistance?

Note this summary was updated January 2019 and mostly covers 2018 and more has been spent since then;

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Video: UN Takes Over Utah Taxpayer-Funded Venue – Claims It’s “International Territory”

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The UN, who at best should have been a guest of Salt Lake, instead acted like an invader and denied a US citizen their 1st amendment rights

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