Just when we thought COVID-19 had killed off climate change, Ben & Jerry’s social justice warriors will allow consumers to name an ice cream by donating money.
We thought of:
Woke Windfarm Whip,
Toxic Solarcell Cadmium Cherry
Windfarm Blade Bury Berry
CSIRO Costings Crumble
It will be fascinating to see how much emissions will have fallen given the drop off in air traffic and other global travel restrictions due to lockdown.
We wrote about the dirt on solar panels here.
We discussed the problems with recycling wind turbine blades here.
Perhaps Ben & Jerry’s may do well to refer to the CSIRO study on the impacts of going 100% fossil-fuel-free.
Before we even get to 100%, the CSIRO’s energy transition costings forecast costs to exceed $1 trillion with a “T” out to 2050 (p.135). Note this report isn’t even a net-zero study – just lower emissions. So by that logic, net-zero will cost even more. CSIRO assures us that “these costs do not include the full integration costs of renewables, but that these costs are expected to be significantly less than $175 billion.” Who cares about billions in a world of trillions? Significantly less? Can anyone name a government project that has come in on time and on budget? Submarines? NBN? The beauty of spending other people’s money.
We wish to put forward to Ben & Jerry’s how they will manage to keep their ice cream frozen without the help of the carbon economy? From the aluminium (one of the most energy-intensive materials to produce) freezers, to the electric motors to maintain the correct temperature. To the cups and plastic spoons to serve and the use of oil to make the cones.
Perhaps the most interesting stats come from the ice cream maker itself. It suggests that making 1 pint of ice cream leads to 2lb of CO2 emissions. Driving a car 1 mile leads to 1lb of CO2 emissions. So technically if one is able to drive to the supermarket and back they could produce fewer emissions than the ice cream they end up buying. Perhaps they should stop selling ice cream to save the planet?
You’ll never guess what else Ben & Jerry’s support? The Black Lives Matter movement. We look forward to the company banning all vanilla ice cream to stop the systemic racism the company seems to believe is still rife, despite race-based hate crime hoaxes being the norm, not the exception.