Solar panel production generates potent greenhouse gas; animal tagging codes hacked by poachers.
Some intriguing reports have recently been published, which highlight the nature of unintended consequences that are often associated with environmental protection do-gooderism.
We have regaled readers with the complete failure of Obama’s green energy programs, including the loss of hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars when the lights went out on the now infamous Solyndra.
Under Obama, solar energy was promoted as the best, most practical solution to preventing the release of green-house gases such as carbon dioxide. A federal report just released by the Environmental Protection Agency shows the production of solar panels has led to a substantial increase in in a compound that is 17,200 more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.
An analysis of the report by Seeker contributor Greg Walters indicates that there is reason to be concerned.
The gas, nitrogen trifluoride, or NF3, is a key chemical agent used to manufacture certain types of photovoltaic cells for solar panels, as well as semiconductors and LCD flat screens.
NF3 is produced in minuscule quantities compared to carbon dioxide and now adds only a wafer-thin margin to America’s total greenhouse gas emissions, while carbon dioxide makes up 82 percent and methane nearly another 10 percent. But researchers warn NF3 is dangerous due to its devilish efficiency in trapping energy, and long atmospheric lifespan of up to 740 years.
…The 1,057 percent increase in US annual emissions of NF3 from 1990 to 2015 compares to an increase of 5.6 percent in carbon dioxide emissions, according to EPA data in a recently-published draft of a new report, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015. The report said overall emissions fell 2.2 percent in 2015 as the country continued to swap coal for natural gas and a warmer winter reduced demand for heating fuel.
Is the release of this report, shortly after the installation of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, coincidental? It certainly ties into the move to decriminalizing the use and production of fossil fuels in this country that is being promoted by the Trump administration.
Eco-activists recently were warning that the Earth is about to undergo its 6th mass extinction event because of man-caused global warming. Yet, tracking devices for the “protection” of animals is now being used by poachers.
Hunters and poachers are intercepting signals from conservationists’ tags to track down endangered animals.
Researchers said that incidents were under-reported because scientists did not want to be accused of putting animals at risk or lose funding. The stakes for poachers are enormous, with the illicit wildlife trade worth £15 billion a year and rhinoceros horn selling for over £50,000 a kilo.
Tagging with GPS or radio transmitters is used to gain insights into animal behaviour and migration patterns, with transmitters costing £150 to £4,000, but experts warn that security standards are not always adequate.
These are just two cases of many showing that eco-activism and climate alarmism can be toxic, because they are not based on either science or reality.