Ep 117 Sustainable Wishes and Solar Power Dreams

This time I return with an Ecology episode. I start with the usual green-washing stories, this time relating to corporate ‘net zero’ goals, and meat labeling. Next I explore the racist source for lifeboat ethics/anti commons narratives, then revisit a counterfactual on my previous coverage of resource limits and the renewable power transition. The 2nd hour I devote entirely to the content of Low Tech Magazine, throwing shade on vertical farming as not helpful, explore using low tech solutions for growing fruit in cold areas, and a piece taking on the ecological footprint of modern healthcare in a way that with the awareness from the first hour, doesn’t throw grandma out of the lifeboat.

Music Used: Hallelujah I’m a Bum, by Utah Phillips Minorities at my Water Park, from South Park
Orbital Sky Diving, by Gario (Newgrounds Music)

Sources
Keystone XL pipeline officially halted
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/09/energy/keystone-pipeline-canceled/index.html
How Fossil Fuel Industry are using ‘net zero’ goals to continue the status quo.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/09/big-con-revealed-report-details-fossil-fuel-industrys-deceptive-net-zero-strategy
Progressive Farmer bemoans big Agro’s ability to lie about meat sourcing.
https://blog.whiteoakpastures.com/blog/greenwashing-is-destroying-regenerative
Anti commons narratives based on mindset of supremacy
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/the-tragedy-of-the-tragedy-of-the-commons/
Youtube videos referenced. Modern Altantis and vaccine myths
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS49gCSzav0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BIcAZxFfrc
Depending on how you look at it: we do have enough minerals for renewables.
https://carbontracker.org/mineral-constraints-for-transition-overstated-by-iea/

Low Tech Mag Articles Vertical farming debunk; Soviet Topical Fruit growing; and Healthcare Questions
https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2021/02/vertical-farming-ecosystem-services.html#more
https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2020/04/fruit-trenches-cultivating-subtropical-plants-in-freezing-temperatures.html
https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2021/02/how-sustainable-is-high-tech-health-care.html#more

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