Paul Driessen, senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow: Michael Moore’s new documentary, Planet of the Humans, is as devastating an indictment of wind, solar and biofuel energy as anything I have ever written. My latest commentary reviews the film, highlights several especially important segments, (adds some relevant observations of my own), and concludes by taking issue with Moore’s proposed solution: that we humans “get ourselves under control,” by slashing our living standards and population numbers.
Paul Driessen, senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow: It’s easy to farm organically in the wealthy, advanced EU and USA, where consumers can afford much more expensive organic meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables. It’s much harder if you have to deal with the insects and crop diseases that plague African farmers on constant massive levels and locusts that bring true catastrophes every few decades. That modern pesticides might save billions of dollars of crops every year and stop locusts before they can swarm by the tens of billions never seems to occur, or matter, to those who demand nothing but organic for Africa. The cabal of anti-biotech, anti-pesticide, agro-ecology pressure groups launch attacks, aided by the growing network of ideologically like-minded donors that helped magnify anti-technology programs and messages – often while insulating the big financiers from direct connections to the radical, callous, eco-imperialist pressure groups.
Paul Driessen, senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow: Government agencies and non-government pressure groups constantly use their money and power to keep millions of African, Asian and Latin American families from gaining access to modern energy, disease prevention and agricultural technologies – thereby perpetuating poverty, disease, malnutrition, blindness and death. Government agencies have been captured by neo-colonialist elements in their leadership and ranks, and among politicians who set their budgets and programs. The NGOs enjoy tax-exempt status and global prestige, because the human and environmental costs of their policies rarely receive more than superficial scrutiny by media, human rights or other “watchdogs.” Few of these NGOs would even exist without the wealthy foundations that finance them. Indeed, “philanthropic” foundation support for radical environmentalist groups and campaigns is one of the best kept secrets of modern society.
Paul Driessen, senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow: Imagine what our planet would look like, if we had to replace relatively few fossil, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants with millions of wind turbines, billions of solar panels and billions of backup batteries, sprawling across hundreds of millions of acres. We would have to open or expand thousands of mines, to provide the metals and minerals required to manufacture all that pseudo-renewable energy. Fake news and science – masquerading as journalism and science – does immense harm to energy policies, disease prevention, education for all ages, and the health and living standards that all humans deserve.