A little background is needed to put this award in the special context that
I will define the term carbonmentalist first. Carbonmentalist refers to a person
or organization that thinks that all environmental issues and problems should
be viewed through a “carbon based” lens, in particular, through “carbon based”
math and/or computer modeling for example. These persons, both real and
corporate, think that every answer for every one of our problems can be found
by following a “no carbon emission policy” right here in the Homeland first and
foremost, and a good place to start is the deserts of the southwest.
As I have stated many times here, their philosophy seems to be “we must
destroy the desert wilderness in order to save mankind from global warming
and/or climate change,”never minding that China is bringing online about
one coal fired plant a week.
Of course, the old timers like John Muir were interested in preserving beautiful nature and wilderness for its’ sake and for future generations,
but that is obviously old school environmentalism, and is no longer appropriate for this modern day and age, after all, we must bear the brunt and sacrifice
now so future generations can gaze rapturously upon the thousands
and thousands of wind turbines and solar panels that will cover the
Mojave and other deserts in the future from stem to stern, if the carbonmentalists like Madrigal have their way.
Yes, it is a new day and a new age. Morning in Amerika! The paradigm has
shifted! John Muir and other dead environmentalists are busy spinning in their
graves at this latest news, making electricity I might add, trying to figure out
just what in the name of God happened to the movement and the leadership of the groups that they began, at what happened to their vision
for the future and of their dream------
Let me answer the question for them. Money is what happened, suckling at the
corporate hind teat is what happened, laying in bed with corrupt politicians and
bureaucrats is what happened, and main stream environmentalism has
morphed into carbonmentalism, and the only damned thing that matters now is how can we adjust our mission statement to these new modern times, how can we massage the erroneous zones of environmentalism
to approve every damned renewable energy program planned or on the books that are coming down the pike!
And so now we come to the reason why this site, Morongobill’s Backporch,
has in an unprecedented move, made a co-equal award to the recipients,
the carbonmentalist Alexis Madrigal and the carbonmentalist magazine, the
Atlantic. They show the way with this article, and
soon to be book-
guaranteed a big hit with certain organizations and all the renewable energy
firms, that whole cottage industry of companies, lobbyists, lawyers, investment
bankers, and others involved, will certainly want the book when it comes out!
Here is the formula. Talk about the overwhelming need for a service, sprinkle a
few big names in the article and give selected quotes to make it appear that the
individual approves of your scheme- for example, Bill Gross of eSolar is mentioned a couple of times, and what the average reader takes from this is he
approves of these big solar plants being built out there, way out there, in prime
desert wilderness habitat. Nothing could be further from the truth as this excerpt from a Yale e360 interview with Mr. Gross proves without any doubt whatsoever:
e360: At a time when some big solar power plant projects are bogged down in disputes over their environmental impact on desert ecosystems and their water consumption, eSolar so far has avoided such controversies.
Gross: We have a strategy at eSolar to never impact pristine land. And the way we address that is several-fold. First, we have a higher output per acre, so we take a smaller footprint. Second, we’re economical at a smaller size. We can be fully economical at our 46-megawatt size. Those two things combined let us use a small enough footprint that we can locate on private land closer to population centers.
So rather than needing 2,000 acres contiguous to make the economics work — which you almost only can find far away on pristine land or [federal] land — we can locate on only 200 acres very close to a city and we can buy previously disturbed farmland or other properties that’s already been developed so we’re not causing any disturbance to natural habitat. And that’s an important part of our philosophy. It gives us an economic advantage because we’re locating closer to transmission. That’s probably even a bigger factor.
It takes years and years to build the transmission out to the pristine lands. [But] the power plant, for example, in Lancaster [California], is across the street from a transmission line. We didn’t have to build miles and miles of transmission, which takes years and years to get people to approve.
e360: Some environmentalists argue that there’s no need to put big solar farms in the desert because there’s plenty of disturbed land available for such plants. What’s your view? Is there still a need for these plants in the desert?
Gross: I think you can build enough solar thermal without going into the pristine desert. There’s enough private land close to population centers, and it’s not that much a percentage of the cost of a project. That land is not the expensive thing. The solar field and the power plant dwarfs the cost of the land. There’s no reason why you can’t locate on disturbed land and not have to deal with affecting wildlife habitat.”
Other writers way more knowledgeable than I have already pointed out the
many other factual inaccuracies in this article, the above being a subject that
I know quite a lot about actually, and a man I admire, I could not let pass without a special mention.
But it did not affect the decision making process regarding the awarding of the
prize here. If anything it enhanced their chances. This article proves beyond
any doubt that the carbonmentalists haven’t been sitting around, just watching
the tortoises being counted at Ivanpah, no sir, they have been working on their
manifesto, which this article is a good start and a model for future ones, which
point out the new paradigm, the way for the old school environmental movement to grow, to self actualize, to get with the modern day program, don’t
these guys understand that we have to embrace this new technology, we have
to build out and industrialize our wilderness areas, this planet is here for man
and its’ good works, to be shaped, and sculpted in our image, to be disposed
of as we see fit? Don’t they get it? It is our manifest destiny!
That is what this article means to the nominating committee out on the backporch. This visionary article lays out the plans of the folks pushing the
greedy green agenda for all to see, it telegraphs the industrialists moves
and shows their vision plainly for all with eyes to see, they plan on building
out wilderness, any wilderness, not just the deserts, supposedly for the benefit
big corporations and their enablerscommon man, and stripped of all the
flowery language and new psychology gobbledygook, is pretty straightforward.
So for letting us in on their plans so clearly, for hewing mightily along with
the corporate and government plans, for laying out their carbonmentalist vision,
for the way that they blamed the environmentalists groups for difficulties in getting these
boondogglesrenewable energy projects permitted(never mind the absolute fact that most really didn’t do jackshit to stop them) and for laying all
this mess at the feet of the soon to be moving Senor Tortuga and his brethren, the desert tortoise, for all this and so much more, we wish to present
this award and all it means to folks who truly deserve it and with a little bit of irony perhaps, as some might point out that, may we suggest that when we have the presentation award ceremony, that the invited public and dignitaries
might want to grab one of these to show their own heartfelt appreciation to the
honorees- Mr. Madrigal and the other fine editors at The Atlantic.
I, Morongobill, wholeheartedly approve the board’s decision and will make
sure that I will grab my fair share of the above road apples to convey my
deep and heartfelt appreciation for the article written by Mr. Madrigal.
Just don’t get in the way when the love starts being expressed