The Fallacy of Green Energy - PIELC 2016

February 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Next weekend is the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference here in Eugene. I'm giving a talk titled "The Fallacy of Green Energy" and am also participating in a panel called "Diagnosing Ecological Threats to the Great Basin." Quite a few friends are going to be in town for the weekend; I'm looking forward to that.

Here's a short excerpt from the talk I'm going to give:

I believe that rejecting green technology is actually the starting point for a true environmental movement. It is not environmentalist to believe that sacrificing the Mojave desert tortoises for human energy is ok. It’s not environmentalist to condemn billions of birds and bats to the heart-bursting deaths caused by wind turbines. It’s not environmentalist to build a movement around technologies that require steel and aluminum and concrete ripped from the Earth.

When I see so many people rallying around these technologies, I see people working to save themselves and their high-energy civilization. Look at Lester Brown, with Plan B, Mobilizing to save civilization. He’s being explicit where others are euphemistic; his priority is saving civilization, not saving non-humans, not saving indigenous cultures, not saving land-based ways of life, not supporting the living world, not protecting the planet, but what it is, is saving civilization.

The photo at the top of this post is from last week when I woke up just as the sun was rising. It was a beautiful morning. You can click on the photo if you're interested in buying a print to support my work.


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