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How the Green New Deal’s Renewable Energy Mining Would Harm Humans and the Environment (Guest: Paul Dreissen)

June 1, 2020

The mining required to meet the Green New Deal's mandate to replace fossil fuels with wind, solar, and battery power would result in untold environmental destruction and unnecessary human suffering and death.

The wind turbine, solar panel, and battery technologies being pushed to end greenhouse gas emission under the Green New Deal require hundreds of times more materials, steel, concrete, critical minerals, rare earth elements, and land than the fossil fuel technologies they will be replacing.  As a result, the Green New Deal's energy and appliance mandates would result in untold environmental destruction and unnecessary human suffering and death.
Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
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Paul Driessen is a senior policy advisor with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.
pdriessen@cox.net