Climate Candyland

It was Western Christians who finally abolished slavery. It is Western atheists who are reviving it.

Solar-grade polysilicon producers are connected to Uyghur forced labour – either directly through participation in state-sponsored forced labour schemes, or indirectly through the sourcing of their raw materials. [Cobalt is also] problematic as about 70% … comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where many workers are victims of abuses, including low earnings, unsafe working conditions, and even child labour.”

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16 Responses to Climate Candyland

  1. NFA says:

    You will own nothing and be happy!

  2. Lee says:

    I am very surprised that SBS – of all media – are even covering this.

    This is normally a case of “nothing to see here” or “out of sight, out of mind” for the left and renewables proponents to salve their consciences.

  3. C.L. says:

    Indeed, Lee. Note that Chris “Big Daddy” Bowen was contacted for a response.
    None so far.

  4. Lee says:

    C.L., we’re extremely unlikely to get a response from that “Australia can be a renewable energy superpower” fantasist, Albo, either.

  5. Buccaneer says:

    They will happily ban that too if they don’t play ball with the lefty protection racket, SBF goes off the rails and Hochul is already banning crypto https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/23/new-york-governor-signs-law-cracking-down-on-bitcoin-mining.html

    Of course, it’s only the people she doesn’t like. Can’t have a protection racket with no one to protect.

  6. C.L. says:

    Democrats hated Bitcoin from the start. Then they learned to love crypto when Hyphen-Fried was throwing ‘money’ at them. Now they hate it again. They don’t understand it, don’t know how to control it and therefore want to ban it.

  7. Franx says:

    It seems the crypto debacle is now the happy rationale for extending control measures, especially by means of the cbd.

  8. Tel says:

    Congo is a developing nation without high education and without infrastructure … they have low earnings just like Europe had low earnings several hundred years ago before the Industrial Revolution. Changing their low earnings into no earnings is unlikely to help them.

    The best thing for a developing nation is development … when they are rich they will for sure start to pick and choose their employment, demand better conditions, and live longer.

    The do gooders are welcome to spend their own money building infrastructure in the Congo … at least the Chinese are building something in that regard.

  9. Tel says:

    C.L., we’re extremely unlikely to get a response from that “Australia can be a renewable energy superpower” fantasist, Albo, either.

    With regards to Cobalt … there’s plenty in Australia … our local miners could indeed make money by declaring themselves more ethical than their competitors and thus knocking the other guy out of the market. It is of course questionable whether cartel-like behaviour is in fact ethical.

    Congo uses human power, Australia uses giant machines powered by diesel. Right now diesel is expensive, and the giant machines are struggling to keep up.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Lots of irony in this stuff. And European hypocrisy on stilts.

    NetZero destroys NetZero: Europe can’t make solar panels because green electricity costs too much (9 Oct)

    The consultancy noted that the energy-intensive nature of both solar PV and battery cell manufacturing processes is leading some operators to temporarily close or abandon production facilities as the cost of doing business escalates.

    Which is why the can’t compete against China’s cheap coal fired electricity. So they’re building their solar farms using coal as well as slaves. And the Germans are cutting huge swathes though the Black Forest to put these things up too.

  11. MatrixTransform says:

    In our line of work we frequently undertake site ‘inductions’ and often they take the form of an instructional video followed by a Q&A.

    The ones on Modern Slavery are common to all inductions and compulsory.

    Some of customers have even begun to ask the we show proof of diligence and provenance of the items in our supply that feed their supply chain.

    I think we all know where some of the materials come from. Cobalt, Tantalum etc…. and how they’re obtained.

    a bit of a Woke Joke really

  12. Perplexed of Brisbane says:

    Daarlings! Don’t worry about those Congolese kiddies. They’re mining the cobalt for our EV batteries and PVAAAAAAs!

    If they die an early, horrible death, it’s just less CO2 to pollute the environment. It’s win-win (for us. we don’t have to think about them when they’re gone).*

    * A Teals meeting somewhere.

  13. C.L. says:

    Changing their low earnings into no earnings is unlikely to help them.

    I have sympathy for this argument when it comes to child labour in the Third World. It’s necessary, however, to point out the grotesque hypocrisies undergirding the climate cult.

    The best thing for a developing nation is development … when they are rich they will for sure start to pick and choose their employment, demand better conditions, and live longer.

    I think if that was ever likely to happen in Africa, it would have by now. The Dark Continent really needed another century of colonialism.

  14. Tel says:

    The Dark Continent really needed another century of colonialism.

    They are getting that from China … it won’t look exactly like what the Dutch and British Protestants were doing, but I suppose every group thinks of themselves as “civilized”. Mainland China claims the lineage of thousands of years of quite stable culture … they claim this even after the CCP consciously destroyed much of such culture.

  15. Rockdoctor says:

    Tel

    Clive is mining his tailings dam at Yabulu for missed Cobalt. The resource there according to rumours is huge. The mothballed plant here is antiquated and needs a large amount of upgrades to reactivate so he is shipping the tailings to WA to sell apparently to a refinery there.

    Plenty of exploration applications being lodged out Greenvale way too. Rumours also that the reopening of the railway easement from Greenvale to Townsville is seriously being reconsidered, though it now splits the armies High Range Training Area. Got no time for Clive but reactivating Yabulu and a few Cobalt mines coming online would be a much needed shot in the arm round here.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    RD – Main problem is the QNI process gets less than half the cobalt, but closer to 85% of the nickel. That’s why there’s a lot of cobalt in the tailings.

    QNI’s process is legacy of WW2 when the US needed nickel quickly, and the process was rapidly developed and built in Cuba. The acid pressure leach couldn’t be used in those days because they didn’t have materials of construction that could survive the process conditions. Later those were developed, but even so the tales of woe from the pressure leach plants in WA were painful (which is why Twiggy’s nickel company went bankrupt twice.) It’s sorted now, and gets high extractions of cobalt and nickel.

    QNI could be restarted as a refinery of a partial product from other operations though, the back end of the process produces very pure products. Ammonia though is very expensive now, which would be a big economic barrier to doing that.

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