A really inconvenient truth

The parts of the Green New Deal that have to do with social justice and equality are fantastic… [But] the Green New Deal, to the extent it’s proposing that green energy is going to save us – it’s not going to save us, it’s actually going to kill us faster.
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Planet of the Humans director Jeff Gibbs to 
Nonfictionfilm.com

These excerpts below are from an interview at Nonfictionfilm.com about a new documentary directed by Jeff Gibbs, produced by Gibbs and Ozzie Zehner and executive produced by Michael Moore, called Planet of the Humans, which just held its world premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival. In the interview, the director makes some excellent points about net energy basis of supposed renewables and greenwashing of the environmental community.

Even more importantly, according to the filmmakers, the development of “alternative energy” sources like wind, solar and biomass has not, in fact, led to a reduction in consumption of fossil fuels. 

“Building out an electric car and solar and wind infrastructure and the biomass, biofuel infrastructure, is going to run us off the cliff faster,” Gibbs declares. “Because it’s an additional round of mining and destruction that does not replace the one [fossil fuels] that’s already destroying the planet!”

Regulatory Capture and Greenwashing by the Corporation. Stephanie McMillan at https://stephaniemcmillan.org/
“Hiding the physics in other parts of the process” or “emergy basis” by Stephanie McMillan at https://stephaniemcmillan.org/

“The problem is if you have a big box with wheels and you’re going to shove it down the highway at a high speed, that takes a lot of energy. And there’s no way around that. And what electric car proponents have done is they’ve created an illusion that they’ve found some way to do that in a green way, they’ve found a way around the physics, but they haven’t,” insists Zehner, author of “Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. “It’s just that the physics have gotten hidden in other parts of the process. So the emissions aren’t coming out of the tailpipe, they’re evolving in other ways. They’re through the manufacture of the car – like aluminum, for instance, which uses 8 times more energy than steel to produce; the batteries, which also have a tremendous impact [on the environment].”

Regulatory Capture and Greenwashing by the Corporation. Stephanie McMillan at https://stephaniemcmillan.org/
Regulatory Capture and Greenwashing by the Corporation. Stephanie McMillan at https://stephaniemcmillan.org/

The green energy movement, in fact, has proven counter-productive, Gibbs argues. “It’s a giant profit center, unfortunately, for environmental groups [that support these ‘green illusions’], for corporations, for the people mining and destroying the planet,” Gibbs maintains. “The people that produce our fossil fuels love [the green energy movement] because it still uses fossil fuels and it’s not a threat to fossil fuels. All the car companies love the electric car.”

Net Energy--many supposed renewables use more energy than they capture.  Stephanie McMillan http://www.stephaniemcmillan.org/
Net Energy–many supposed renewables use more energy than they capture, thus “killing us faster” by Stephanie McMillan http://www.stephaniemcmillan.org/

“The parts of the Green New Deal that have to do with social justice and equality are fantastic… [But]… to the extent it’s proposing that green energy is going to save us – it’s not going to save us, it’s actually going to kill us faster.

The green energy movement, in fact, has proven counter-productive, Gibbs argues.

In Planet of the Humans, Gibbs aims harsh criticism at supposed environmental stewards, including the Sierra Club. He says they’ve been bought off by corporate interests that have realized there’s lots of money to be made in green energy.

“Environmental groups have been collaborating on the lie of growth by helping us pretend that there will be ‘green growth.’ As if you can have wealth or stuff that doesn’t destroy the planet. News flash: that’s an impossibility of physics and biology,” the director tells me. “There is nothing you will ever have in your life that’s not an extraction from the planet earth. And so we’ve all lost touch with that.”

The rest of the article/interview with Jeff Gibbs can be found at Nonfictionfilms.com.

Header image is by Code Green artist Stephanie McMillan http://www.stephaniemcmillan.org/