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Port: Michael Moore, of all people, exposes the renewable energy fraud

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MINOT, N.D. — For generations, ardent environmental activists have been predicting a climate armageddon. They have put their faith in the idea that it can be staved off if we start using renewable energy like wind, solar, and biomass.

But what happens when these activists figure out that renewable energy is a fraud?

They go to a dark, dark place.

"Planet of the Humans" is that dark place.

It's a documentary made by longtime environmental activist Jeff Gibbs and produced by far-left filmmaker Michael Moore. Despite the politics of its creators, the film is finding a big audience with conservatives.


Not so much for its conclusions — Gibbs is pretty much calling for population control and the end of capitalism — but because of the thorough job it does of exposing the renewable energy industry for what it is.

A fraud.

A massive one.

I'd tell you to find and watch the film, but I can embed it right here for you because it's been released for free on YouTube.

Parts of the film will leave you laughing, like when Gibbs attends a massive Earth Day celebration and juxtaposes footage of celebrity activists on stage declaring the event is fully powered by solar energy with scenes shot backstage of the diesel generator that's actually providing the juice.

Other parts will leave you enraged. Like the smug pronouncements from university administrators about how they're leaving dirty old coal behind in favor of renewable biomass energy, something Gibbs exposes as little more than burning up forests of trees.

Because that's better than burning coal?


Do you know how solar panels are made? As one expert in the film explains, they're made from quartz mined out of the ground.

And coal.

Lots and lots of coal.

In one Michigan city, Gibbs finds a solar array taking up acres and acres of real estate that can, even in optimal conditions, only provide about enough energy for ten homes.

An academic from Berkeley takes Gibbs on a tour of one renewable energy plant after another, which must rely on fossil fuels, mostly natural gas, to operate. "We'd be better of just using fossil fuels," this guy tells us.

Perhaps the most infuriating scenes involve wind and solar plants that have already lived out their short life cycles. Gibbs shows us fields full of broken solar mirrors and shattered turbine blades.

Wind turbines are usually only good for a decade or two before they have to be replaced. Solar panels have an even shorter life cycle before their output degrades into uselessness.

There's so much waste, created by people who claim to be cleaning up the planet.


The conclusion Gibbs reaches is that while things like solar and wind and biomass may work fine in small-scale instances, they don't scale well. They certainly aren't capable of replacing baseload energy generation like coal or nuclear power.

This is essential information for us here in North Dakota, where wind turbines dot our landscape, and a massive lobbying effort is afoot to build even more (not to mention the thousands and thousands of miles of new transmission lines to serve those turbines).

The bankers and investors and utility company bigwigs and political activists assure us these wind turbines are our future. That they can replace coal, in our part of the world, without impacting our quality of life in any meaningful way.

This, my friends, is bunk. A bill of goods sold by people seeking short term profit at the expense of long term sustainability.

As the guy in the film says, we'd be better off with cheap, reliable, plentiful coal.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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