Steele weighs in on Democratic debate/environment


Recently, the Democratic candidates were on CNN to discuss their views on climate change.

Surprise — I did not watch it, but I saw a show the next day that had Michael Shellenberger, president and founder of Environmental Progress. He was named by Time magazine as a “Hero of the Environment 2008!”

He was asked point by point his opinion of each of the candidates “solutions to save the planet since we only have 11 years before it is too late!”

Yang and Harris said stop eating meat, Michael said that would save barely 2 percent of CO2 and would cause a larger carb diet, leading to more heart problems, since it is suggested to eat more protein to lose weight.

Elizabeth W. suggested getting rid of plastic straws and plastic bags. In California when they did that, carbon emissions increased. Michael also said that most of the ocean pollution comes from economically poor countries because they cannot afford trash collection, therefore, they just throw it away. He suggested we help these countries to get richer so they can be more environmentally sound.

Most want to get rid of nuclear energy and close those plants. MS said that, comparing two countries, France and Germany, Germany’s CO2 has risen as they close their plants. Whereas, France’s CO2 has gone down as they opened more atomic power plants, to half of what it was.

All want more sustainable energy, when in fact, he said, “We are in a collapse of wind and solar energy!”

They all said, “Tax the hell out of them!” Well, not is so many words.

In a separate article I read, “If You Want ‘Renewable Energy,’ Get ready to Dig!” (8/30/19 WSJ Mr. Mark P Mills senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute).

The short version is that, “Wind and solar machines are built from nonrenewable materials to the point it would require the biggest expansion in mining the world has seen and would produce huge quantities of waste.”

An example, “A single electric-car battery weighs 1,000 lbs. and requires digging up, moving and processing more than 500,000 pounds of raw materials somewhere on the planet.”

In short, “Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of plastic.

And of course, they do not last forever.

Just a few thoughts!

Harry Steele

Bethany Beach