In contrast to the gullible solar energy promotional article from the UPI that I wrote about yesterday in Gullible Reporting by UPI…, I found an exception bit of investigative journalism at Dailymail.co.uk this morning. The article, written by Simon Parry in China and Ed Douglas in Scotland, is titled In China, the true cost of Britain’s clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale.
The authors tell an incredible tale that includes a journey past discouraging security guards to find the vast and growing toxic lake being filled by the residues of rare earth metal production in a place where greed trumps environmental protection. They also share what they learned by posing as buyers in a factory that is the fourth largest rare earth producer in the world. It is a seething place full of dangerous materials where personal protection equipment is non-existent and where workers labor for wages that are almost as non-existent as the protective equipment.
I will not waste your time by writing too much here. Go and read the story and then come back here to discuss suggested actions and ways to spread the truth about industrial wind development. The Daily Mail editors apparently decided that they were not ready for the firestorm of commentary that might result as cherished belief systems are revealed to be based on false assumptions. Though the story just posted, the Daily Mail has already closed down the comment thread. In fact, it looks like comments were closed upon posting. I think I understand why, but I am sure that there are people who will want to say something.