What are ‘green elephants’? And why should you care? We explain
By Viv Forbes
Legend says that if you displeased the King of Siam, he would give you a white elephant. These rare and protected elephants were incredibly expensive to keep. So a “White Elephant” came to mean a possession that is useless, troublesome, expensive to maintain and difficult to dispose of. Like a Sacred Cow, but much bigger.
Today the deluded rulers of the Western world are gifting us and future generations with plagues of Green Elephants – useless, expensive, protected, green rubbish.
Examples Of Green Elephants
The biggest Green Elephants in Australia are probably the five desalination plants. These were built hurriedly when climate catastrophist Tim Flannery forecast that burning hydrocarbons would create perpetual drought. But oops! He forgot all about La Nina, with its regular cycles of rain and floods for Australia. As of now, Flannery’s complex and expensive de-sal plants have largely sat idle.
The sun powers the greatest desalination plant on earth, for free. If we had spent all that desalination money on dams, we could have moderated La Nina flood damage, insulated against El Nino droughts and provided naturally desalinated water for many towns and industries.
Australia was also conned into a war on hydrocarbons by American climate catastrophist, Al Gore, and his animated cartoon. This generated another epidemic of Green Elephants. Specifically, solar panels, wind turbines and spider-webs of power lines that squander capital, uglify our landscapes and destroy grasslands, forests and birdlife. Not to mention destroying our once-cheap and reliable electricity supply. Future generations will be faced with removal and disposal of these Green Monuments to Stupidity.
Another Green Elephant is being suckled in the Snowy Mountains. Namely, Snowy 2 Pumped Hydro. Its plant and transmission lines will cost $10 billion for a facility that is a net consumer of electricity. More huge batteries are required to “solve” the chronic intermittency of wind/solar energy.
More Green Elephants are being planned by hydrogen speculators. These net consumers of energy will guzzle huge quantities of fresh water to produce a dangerous explosive gas that cannot be used by motorists or industry without much research and new infrastructure. Some even dream of exporting our precious fresh water via hydrogen (nine tonnes of water for every tonne of hydrogen).
But perhaps the world’s biggest Green Elephant is being bred in Australia’s Northern Territory. This green folly would connect the world’s biggest collection of solar farms and wind turbines to Singapore via the world’s longest undersea extension cord. It would stretch across a deep submarine trench that is subject to many earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. What could possibly go wrong?
Who’s Behind All This?
These disastrous ‘green’ adventures are driven by the UN Billionaires’ club. Think: Al Gore, Bill Gates, and Klaus Schwab. Basically, the Dr Evils of the world.
Their enterprises are promoted endlessly by government media and education bureaucracies, and vocal vested interests. The examples in this article may be Australian, but they can now be found worldwide.
They purport to be eco-friendly; to save the planet. But the truth is the contrary. Not only are these ventures guzzling up water, energy and other resources, just as much as their ‘dirtier’ fossil fuel counterparts, but you can also count on this: a plague of Green Elephants will destroy our industries, our farms and our access to cheap reliable fuels, food and electricity. At the expense of millions, if not billions, of human lives.
I reckon it’s time for a Green Elephant hunt. Don’t you?
This article first appeared in Saltbush Club.