Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Brune of the Sierra Club preaching rooftop solar to the masses: Give me a f-----g break!

Way back in August of 2010 I had a few thoughts on this subject. Feel free to
surf over and check it out. Go ahead, we’ll wait for you.

Now almost a year later, the Right Reverend Michael Brune is now preaching rooftop solar for the bay area at the Sierra Club blog in a post entitled “Every
rooftop matters!” Here is an excerpt from the Right Reverend Brune’s sermon
on the subject:

“If you care about the environment, rooftop solar is as green as it gets.”
Another gem.
”Solar has never been more affordable. The materials costs for solar rooftop installations have fallen dramatically, and for now, you can still benefit from significant federal and (depending on where you live) state incentives for installing solar that bring down the cost of both purchased and leased systems.”
No problem here with that.
Solar-leasing programs, where you basically rent or purchase power from a system for 10 to 20 years, have made it possible for homeowners to put solar on their roofs for as little as $0 and still save on their utility bills.”
Again no issues here.
”Rooftop solar also helps the U.S. economy by providing work for the people who design and install the systems.”

Wow, who would have a problem with this? It sounds like what another organization has been saying all along.

I have a problem with what the Right Reverend Michael Brune is doing, that’s who.

Please look at these recent satellite photographs accessed today on the world wide web, take a close look. Break out your magnifying glass if you need to.
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Note the words by the orange balloon A.
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With a thirsting and longing eye, because I really want to believe in the Right
Reverend Brune and his message, this blogger peered for a long time at these images, searching in vain for the solar panel arrays up top, busily converting the sun’s bountiful photons into the copious amounts of green, renewable electricity needed to run the Sierra Club’s headquarters day to day operations.

What a hypocrite! Almost a year later and he still hasn’t had solar panels put up on the roof of his building? Hell, the NRDC spent millions to put up a state of the art facility using the very latest technology, and the Right Reverend Brune can’t even put up one measly solar panel?

I say it again, he’s a hypocrite! Preaching to everyone else, while doing the same old, same old, co-opting somebody else’s work, and did you notice, they didn’t even have the common decency to even mention Solar Done Right, not even once, after pretty much “cribbing” their ideas!

In the interest of fairness, I am not part of Solar Done Right, just a supporter of
their policies, which promote a logical idea- putting the energy development on local rooftops, where it is used, instead of paving over the California desert, way out in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles away, and then shipping that extremely costly, in dollars and environmental destruction, power back to those same neighborhoods just mentioned!

But what can you expect from Brune and company, after one of his own, a certain fellow named Zichella, helped create the rules leading to the raping of the Mojave Desert in the first place!

Brune, a name that will be remembered for a long time, I am sure. From helping silence the desert activists at the Sierra Club, who opposed the club’s
support for these desert projects in the first place
, to not doing enough to try to stop the Ivanpah project, despite the entreaties of the activists mentioned earlier, to parroting that same disgusting line that sacrifices must be made to stop this climate change and global warming- Right Reverend Brune- why is it the desert wilderness must be sacrificed? Why must the desert tortoises do all the sacrificing? Why must the native peoples be the ones to bear the brunt of the sacrifice? Where was the Sierra Club legal department when the Ivanpah Valley was supine and about to be ravished by the industrialists earthmovers?

I accuse you, Reverend, along with your fellow travelers on the board, you guys are the ones, along with the NRDC and others who refused to help, who can claim sole moral responsibility for this tragedy which has befallen our southwestern deserts- you had a choice long ago, don’t tell me that you just discovered the benefits and advantages of rooftop solar; don’t you dare tell us that, we didn’t just fall off the damned turnip wagon yesterday sir- no, I accuse you of playing politics; you knew the truth, but chose to ignore it, some might say by doing so that you wouldn’t offend your corporate donors- they might think that, it is their right, you chose your path, and I consider it my duty, to keep pointing out to anybody who listens- the frauds, the “snake oil salesmen,”I believe you and your ilk are.

How about you readers? Am I too hard on them here? Perhaps you are a member and maybe I stepped on your toes?

Get over it, and go buy some steel toed boondockers, because a whole lot of stomping is going on, now and in the future.

You can take it to the bank.


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