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The Hypocrisy of the Greens

I watched Christine Milne on Q&A this week and noted how she promoted the Greens as an all-caring party that was interested in people and the environment.  Sounds wonderful, the marketing blurb reads well, but there is a sinister side to it all.  Bob Brown, Christine and Sarah, you really need to take a good hard look at yourself.  Julia and the ALP too.

Why?

You are promoting a “Tax on Carbon” which is really an attack on Carbon Dioxide”, that amazing little trace element that makes up 4/1000% of our atmosphere, and which enables and allows plants, and therefore all other life, to exist and thrive on this planet.  You are following a scientifically flawed party line that has come from the equally flawed and fraudulently misrepresented IPCC, which says that Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant and that AGW, man-caused climate change is ruining the planet for future generations. 

Let’s consider “Climate Change”.  4 billion years or more in the past, this planet was a mass of swirling gases that condensed from a variety of rocks, minerals and debris that gravitated together in space.  Over those billions of years, the planet and the climate changed to what it is now, a reasonably solid, very habitable planet, with plants and animals living happily on it.  It went through intense ice ages with sparse vegetative growth and hot, humid periods, when massive amounts of plant life was buried and eventually became our fossil fuels, all this in a series of cycles we have tracked back hundreds of millions of years.   In the last few thousand years, man has come along and made his mark.  However, the planet is continuing to evolve and scientific consensus suggests that in another 4-5 billion years, this lovely place will be burnt to a crisp by a giant “red dwarf” sun.  That’s climate change for you!  We are not going to stop that!

Underneath this “Greens Environmental Sham” is a wealth redistribution agenda, to move dollars from the capitalistic countries and democracies to the so-called third world countries.

But who are the thirld world countries that would benefit from this wealth redistribution?  China is one that would qualify for massive aid, and India is another, perhaps two of the wealthiest countries on the planet, who also happen to have horrible social structures and caste systems that condemn many of their people to infinite poverty.

However, Greens et al, lets have a look at what you are ignoring, while you espouse alternative energy and decry carbon dioxide.

The real environmental problems of the world are pollution, for sure, and poor mining practices.  You are ignoring them, in degrees that leave me gobsmacked!  The economist Professor Ross Garnaut who proclaims so loudly that a carbon tax is the answer to the problems of “Climate Change” and “Global Warming” which are not really problems, was the head of a mining company that spewed incredible pollutants out into the ocean and over coral reefs just off New Guinea, in the Coral Sea.  If it had been in Australian jurisdiction, in the Great Barrier Reef, he would have been jailed for eternity, but it was in PNG waters so it was OK!

Who and what are the real polluters?

If you look at a wind tower that generates all that free, clean and green electrical energy from the wind, inside it is a huge magnet pack, made from Rare Earth Minerals.  Mining and processing these rare earth minerals is desecrating vast areas of Central and Northern China, and you can see the evidence of that here.  Near Baotou, a city of 1.8 million people, the processing sends clouds of pollution skyward and drops it on the city and surrounding countryside, causing pollutants to enter the food crops and poison the people.  Disease and cancer are rampant.  There is a “tailings dam” near the plant, 10 kilometres square, containing so far, 230 million cubic metres/tonnes of the toxic waste from the plant.  This waste and more also leaches into the water table and runs directly into the Yellow River, further spreading the pollution and toxicity throughout the population and the agricultural food chain of the country. If you want further confirmation, Google “Rare Earth Mining Pollution” and you will find pages of links to this incredible problem.

It’s not just wind towers though.  I was seriously considering a Toyota Prius car for my next vehicle, as they are quick, roomy, go like crazy, heaps of electronic gadgets and great on fuel consumption.  However, each one has a battery pack that has around 20kg of these rare earth minerals in them – they actually contribute hugely to the environmental problem in China and wherever else these rare earth minerals are processed!  In good conscience, I could never consider one or any other electric car for my next car now, because I know how environmentally damaging they are to the environment!  I’ll go for a high performance diesel or petrol car which has total combustion and just sends out harmless CO2!

Manufacturing of all sorts in China, and other countries, creates pollutants that are the shame of the nations, and the crime of the polluters.  These photos are evidence of both the plants processing rare earth minerals from above, and other manufacturing and chemical plants in China, but they are represented by industrial estates all over the world, in Europe, India, USA and most third world countries.  If the Greens and Labor Parties took notice of these genuine  environmental crises, then they’d realise how insignificant Carbon Dioxide was!

But wait, there’s more!

As you would have seen from the photos above, many of the Chinese rivers are toxic.  Many of the Asian continent and Indian Sub-Continent rivers are highly polluted, both from chemicals that are banned elsewhere on the planet, and from industrial chemical and human waste and sewage pumped directly into the rivers.  Yet these rivers are used for irrigation and aquaculture, and the food they produce, the BASA and Vennamei Prawns from the Mekong River are produced in these toxic environments and exported directly to Australia, where you can buy them in unlimited quantities from Coles, Woolworths and most other seafood outlets!

A huge proportion of our vegetables, canned and fresh, are now imported, because Australian farmers cannot compete with the cheap Asian imports, and our Labor Governments penalise us with “Green Legislation” that makes it almost impossible to be a farmer in Australia.  But check out the test results on these imported vegetables – Garlic from China invariably has DDT in it.  Around 40% of the vegetables in the “fresh” section of your supermarket, if imported, will be contaminated by pollutants and chemicals that we cannot even buy in Australia, and which have been banned for years!

Now where are the “environmentally friendly” Green and Labor Parties on these issues?  MISSING IN ACTION!  Too busy trying to tax us on the air we breathe, to take notice of the systemic poisoning they are creating on the planet we call home!

This is hypocrisy of the worst order, and treasonous to the nation.  These people were so-called elected to govern the nation in the best interests of the people, but look at what is REALLY happening under their stewardship!  This has to be criminal, somehow, because if you or I did it, we would be in jail so fast, you wouldn’t have time to take a breath.  But it’s OK for Bob Brown, Christine, Sarah and Julia Gillard to spruik environmentally friendly policies, whilst ignoring the direct threats to our health created by the technologies and policies they promote and espouse.

Shame on you, and a challenge for you.  Debate these issues in public.  Talk about them, then call an election, to get a genuine mandate for the crimes you want to perpetrate on us.  If you get it, I’m outta here, but I think it is you who will be on the run!  Ask the people, ask those who you purport to represent, what they think, before you ruin this country and these good people.

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