No technology exists that will remove all energy footprints. Period. Start from there.<quoted text> Recycling per se seems like a no brainer good, but not if it still degrades the environment by polluting the Earth . Take[McDonough &Braungart in "Cradle to Cradle"] the authors analysis of recycling. Recycling is good, right? In fact, they say, it is often very, very bad. For example, recycling plastic bottles into that groovy fleece jacket means bringing toxic antimony into contact with your skin. Oops. Or how about being more efficient? We know thats always good, dont we? Um, actually, no:Being less bad is not being good, McDonough told the National Press Club last spring.If you want to go to Mexico, and youre driving toward Canada, even if you slow down youre still going to Canada. Better design and no growth must be part of the new metric too. A review of Cradle to Cradle URL:
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed(First Law).
Lithium-Ion batteries are made from Aluminum and Lithium both of which are mined, purified and shipped across oceans and continents. The entire process from ground to your i-Pod is extremely energy-intensive. So, too, will be the recycling of the waste after its lifespan is expended.
This is but ONE example of many thousands. Solar Panels, the same thing - Silicon, Rare Earth Metals, Mining, purification, EOL disposal, etc...
Wind Turbines, Solar Installations and Tidal Generators cause environmental damage,.......
So when I hear about the Electric Cars, Solar, Slime Generators and the Magic Negro's vision for the future, I want to puke.
And if he stood before me, I would.