Are Solar Cells Helping to Kill The Environment?

Crossposted for a fellow blogger, taken from: Washington Woman

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Today as I was cruising the internet, I came across this unsettling story about Green Energy production that is killing areas of China.

A Dark Side Of Solar Power

The growth of the solar power industry is poisoning land in China, according to the Washington Post.

In the rush to make polysilicon cheaply for use in solar panels, a Chinese company reportedly is dumping toxic waste into the ground, killing wildlife and endangering human health.

The newspaper describes green fields in the nation's eastern central Henan Province that have turned snow-white from the powdery waste of silicon tetrachloride, four tons of which result from every ton of polysilicon created. Toxic hydrogen chloride gas and acids waft from the waste.

To blame is Chinese polysilicon maker Luoyang Zhonggui High-Technology, which supplies to rising solar power star Suntech Power Holdings, according to the Washington Post.

To read more about this problem, follow the link:
http://www.news.com/8301-11128_3-9889848 -54.html

I have had reservations about some other versions of so called Green Energy, especially BioFuels and Ethanol. Both of these products, as of right now, rely way to much on "new crops" to make fuel. Much like using new trees for paper making instead of using 100% recycled paper or some mix of new and recycled.

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Kucinich Blasts Edwards On China

This makes sense, as Edwards has been very vocal lately about trade agreements; trying to fashion himself the labor candidate. Kucinich, however, has been most consistent leader on fair trade that protects U.S. jobs, human rights, worker's rights, and environmental principles.

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Diplomacy Works?

North Korea has endorsed an agreement to dismantle all of its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, according to a joint six-nation statement released by China in Beijing today, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. NY Times

    In what will surely be hailed as a coup by all wing-nuts and their pundits, the North Koreans have agreed to dismantle their nuclear facilities in exchange for aid and a non-aggression pact with the US. While only the dismantling of the nuclear facilities is being touted, make no mistake there will be more concessions forthcoming as this deal goes forward.

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We Have Sold Our Soul To China

It is official.  

The USA has collectively sold its soul to China - among others.  We are now well on our way to status as a second class nation.

The CEO of Mattel has gone to China to apologize to China for "damaging China's reputation" by recalling defective or dangerous toys made in China, by Chinese manufacturers.

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The Chinese can weather an American recession.

Crossposted from the European Tribune

Consider this a background briefing. It is easy to make an analysis of a situation and retain the conclusion of the analysis, even after the facts that the conclusion rested on have changed. And this is the situation here. While we consider economic policy in the event that the current slowdown blooms into a full blown recession, it is easy to retain a mental model of the relationship between the US and Chinese economy circa 2000. But things ... well, they've changed.

This is an elaboration of an earlier comment ... well, series of comments ... at the European Tribune.

The thesis of the argument is that the Chinese economy can weather an American recession without going into a recession itself.

This conclusion is based on three, inter-related points:

  • the relative importance of the US export market for continued Chinese growth;
  • the ongoing decline of the US dollar against the Euro; and
  • the ability of the US economy to recapture domestic and overseas markets for manufactured goods in the face of an increase in the Yuan/Renminbi exchange rate.

... where the positions that thesis rests upon is:
  • not as important as we in the US like to think;
  • its going to keep on going down, and that is likely to accelerate in the event of recession; and
  • an extremely limited ability to recapture market share in the event of even a substantial rise in the Yuan/Renminbi exchange rate.

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