22.2 Human Rights and the RE Supply Chain
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report titled Uyghurs for Sale: ‘Re-education’, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang claims that the Chinese government had facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far western region of Xinjiang to factories across the country.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo some 40,000 children as young as four toil with their parents for less than $2 a day up to 12 hours a day. https://www.cfact.org/2020/08/09/renewable-energys-staggering-human-costs/
The Commonwealth of Australia – Modern Slavery Act No 153, 2018 Act requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100
22.1 Environmental Damage During Construction of RE Facilities
Serious environmental issues arise at ten stages of RE production, from mining raw materials to the disposal of turbines, batteries and solar panels at the end of their working lives.
Critical issues at the phase of construction
RE facilities, including the poles and wires required to carry the power to market from remote locations, demand massive amounts of land, concrete, steel, and metals including the essential rare earths.
A single wind turbine contains around 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of
nonrecyclable plastic. Transport of the materials adds to the environmental impact, as does the disposal of the components when the facility is decommissioned.
The AEMO Integrated System Plan to double
21.2 The Dark Side of Renewable Energy
A detailed look at why renewable energy is neither economically nor environmentally viable from Bill Stinson:
An Open Letter Concerning AEMO’s 2022 Integrated System Plan
Correspondence with AEMO on the Integrated System Plan.
An Overview of the Snowy 2.0 Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Scheme
An independent review of the Snowy 2.0 project by engineers Craig Brooking and Michael Bowden.