Being seen to be ‘Green’ has been exposed in a recent study as nothing more than a status symbol for the rich bought at the expense of the poor.
Researchers have found that some buyers are willing to pay for environmentally friendly products because those products are “status symbols.” A report in The Atlantic states: “Environmentally friendly behaviors typically go unseen; there’s no public glory in shortened showers or diligent recycling. But when people can use their behavior to broadcast their own goodness, their incentives shift. The people who buy Priuses and solar panels still probably care about the environment—it’s just that researchers have found that a portion of their motivation might come from a place of self-promotion, much like community service does good and fits on a résumé.
With “green” having become a status symbol, the affluent can afford it. Yet, their desire to “broadcast their own goodness” actually results in higher costs to those who can least afford it.
Fuel poverty is the very real consequence of a quarter of a century of the headlong rush into so-called renewable, sustainable (favourite Green buzz words) energy, especially in Europe where an estimated 40,000 are dying from cold every year because they cannot afford the cost of electricity. Electricity prices have been driven up relentlessly by subsidies to ‘renewables’ to the point they where have become unsustainable in the very basic sense that people afford to sustain their lives.
Europe’s suicidal green energy policies are killing at least 40,000 people a year.
That’s just the number estimated to have died in the winter of 2014 because they were unable to afford fuel bills driven artificially high by renewable energy tariffs.
But the real death toll will certainly be much higher when you take into account the air pollution caused when Germany decided to abandon nuclear power after Fukushima and ramp up its coal-burning instead; and also when you consider the massive increase in diesel pollution – the result of EU-driven anti-CO2 policies – which may be responsible for as many as 500,000 deaths a year.
But even that 40,000 figure is disgraceful enough, given that greenies are always trying to take the moral high ground and tell us that people who oppose their policies are uncaring and selfish.
It was the Greens too who were responsible for Energiewende – the policy which is turning Germany into the opposite of what most of us imagine it to be: not the economic powerhouse we’ve been taught to admire all these years, but a gibbering basket case.
This becomes clear in an investigation by the German newspaper Handelsblatt, which reports the horrendous industrial decline brought about by green energy policies.
The rush to put wind farms into pristine environments like moorland and the sea is killing wildlife in big numbers. Bird life has been decimated by wind turbines along migration routes in Britain and Europe. Now comes devastating news for those pin-ups of the eco-warrior world, the whales.
29 sperm whales have been stranded during February on beaches opposite vast European wind farms. The uneven moan and drone made by the gigantic flailing arms of the eco crucifixes is interfering with the sperm whales sonar causing them to lose their way and beach themselves during their migration from the Arctic.
Eco warriors who jumped on the environmental bandwagon in the eighties and nineties and got rich on their state subsidised incomes, are leaving a disastrous legacy for their successors to clean up. While rich Greens display their ‘goodness’ with their e-bikes, electric cars and solar panels, it is the poor who have paid the price and the environment that is suffering the consequences.