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Guardian Exposes Guardian’s Chinese Solar Power Propaganda

April 25, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public

 

“What a difference a day makes”!

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world

 

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Solar projects commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, the government’s Coal Authority, United Utilities and some of the UK’s biggest renewable energy developers are using panels made by Chinese solar companies accused of exploiting forced labour camps in Xinjiang province, a Guardian investigation has found.

Confidential industry data suggests that up to 40% of the UK’s solar farms were built using panels manufactured by China’s biggest solar panel companies, including Jinko Solar, JA Solar and Trina Solar.

These firms have been named in a recent report on the internment of more than 1 million men and women from the Muslim Uyghur community, in what UK MPs on Thursday voted to describe as genocide.

Companies with factories or major suppliers in Xinjiang produce about a third of the polysilicon material used to make the world’s solar panels, according to a detailed report by the US consultancy Horizon Advisory. China is the world leader in polysilicon production.

The report found that Chinese solar companies had ties to indicators of forced labour in Xinjiang, where Uyghur are interned, via this polysilicon production.

China’s repression of the Uyghurs is believed to have developed into systematic detention about 2016, with reports of forced labour emerging from the region in the years since.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/revealed-uk-solar-projects-using-panels-from-firms-linked-to-xinjiang-forced-labour?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

26 Comments
  1. April 25, 2021 9:56 pm

    How can anyone justify the application of solar power, especially in the UK, with negligible greenhouse gas output, whether or not the panels are produced in such conditions?

  2. Ray Sanders permalink
    April 25, 2021 10:07 pm

    Just 10 minutes before this post I emailed firstly the Reader’s Editor at the Guardian and then one to Silly Jilly’s own email to basically take the piss out of them for these two articles. They are beyond a joke.
    1. To:guardian.readers@theguardian.com
    Headline 1………https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world
    Headline 2 ……. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/revealed-uk-solar-projects-using-panels-from-firms-linked-to-xinjiang-forced-labour
    How risible do you want to appear? “Insanely cheap” “Forced Labour”
    Come on guys you are becoming even more of a joke.
    Regards
    Ray Sanders

    2.jillian.ambrose@theguardian.com
    Fascinating article of yours
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/revealed-uk-solar-projects-using-panels-from-firms-linked-to-xinjiang-forced-labour.
    Did you read the article directly below it?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world
    Well it would be insanely cheap if using forced labour (slavery) wouldn’t it?
    The Guardian and your articles are becoming even more figures of derision because of your own ineptitude. Can you not see why?
    Regards
    Ray Sanders.

    i suggest all rehat such shit is good for,aders bombard the Graun with emails taking the piss out of them because that is all t

    • April 26, 2021 1:30 pm

      If they’re stupid enough to publish such garbage I’m betting that they’re stupid enough to not grasp, let alone begin to understand, the contradictions in what they’re printing. If they do understand then no explanations would be needed, if they don’t understand then no explanations are possible

  3. Mack permalink
    April 25, 2021 10:18 pm

    Look on the bright side Paul. Having raised the slavery issue in commenting on your previous Guardian post, it is reassuring to know that your old pal ‘silly Jilly!’ must now be a regular reader of your learned discourses, having done a complete volte face on the paper’s attitude to solar panels in under 24hrs. Keep it up and by the end of the week the Guardian will be proudly announcing that renewables are completely crap, lead to fuel poverty and misery and what we all need is clean, cheap and reliable fossil fuelled power to stave off the worst affects of the forthcoming solar minimum.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      April 26, 2021 8:32 am

      Is it just me or is still really rather cold at night at the moment?

      • StephenP permalink
        April 26, 2021 10:19 am

        No, not just you.
        We are having a succession of frosts at night and the greenhouse is bursting with plants that need to go out but can’t because of the frosts.
        Meanwhile we are up to 17 days with negligable wind.
        Next question: if I buy an EV will I be able to charge it?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        April 26, 2021 4:19 pm

        Oh, yes it is every night and yesterday with an east wind it was cold during the afternoon even in the sun.

        The magnolias have been completely burnt this year and other plants are showing signs of distress.

  4. It doesn't add up... permalink
    April 25, 2021 10:22 pm

    Doubtless this is why we more or less stopped subsidising solar and stopped installing it back in 2017. Isn’t it?

    https://image.vuukle.com/9ffc6604-feed-474e-a82d-c2de2f561502-d77c65c8-ba89-4faf-be5f-20cbc4302536

    Or perhaps it was it was already becoming a pain in the neck to handle the midday peaks in summer time.

  5. Gamecock permalink
    April 25, 2021 10:33 pm

    Wow.

    Day 1: Solar insanely cheap.

    Day 2: Solar made with slave labor.

    Just wow.

    By the headings (Environment: climate change, wildlife, energy, pollution), one would expect the writers are under the same editor. What kind of dingbat would allow BOTH articles to be published?

    • Teddy Lee permalink
      April 26, 2021 10:02 am

      Let’s hope a fifth column is at work!

  6. April 25, 2021 10:36 pm

    Steve Milloy
    ‘China can do what it wants now,
    .. if Biden objects, China will say .. Do you want us to keep going with your Climate plan, or shall we stop ?’

    • HotScot permalink
      April 26, 2021 7:31 am

      The Chinese know precisely how Biden managed to get elected and are now blackmailing him with it.

      • April 26, 2021 12:47 pm

        There has been concerted effort to stop the hand recount in Maricopa County, Arizona. The Democrats refused to put up the million dollar bond demanded by the judge, he told them to pound sand and the recount began last week under many cameras. It is being done by those who are not involved w/ government. Black lights are being used to detect creases in the so-called mail-in ballots which should have them.

        Antifa is lurking outside and threatening. Governor Ducey conveniently sent the National Guard to the AZ/Mexico border. The Rangers have stepped up to offer protection to the large number of people involved in the recount.

        When the first state goes, being Arizona, there will be a domino effect with battleground states: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada. Now New Hampshire is doing recounts. Other states where the Dominion Systems were used are starting to question.

        The cheating was on such a massive scale to overcome Trump’s landslide lead that it was obvious. Even with this, the margins of “win” were something like 10,000. Everything you have ever head of was employed. If the obvious illegal votes are thrown out (not registered, felon, signature nothing like that on record, underage, not from that state, voting more than one time, etc)., most of the “battleground” states would go back into Trump’s column. Then there are the massive numbers voted Trump and switched to Bides by other countries. But, not so fast, this was seen and captured by many watching it happen in real time. I imagine the United States Military was on that list and has the whole thing.

        Now many of the so-called “mail-in ballots” which were trucked into counting centers in PA, MI, WI, etc. AFTER the counting was stopped only had Biden’s name (checked electronically and not by hand…hmmm). However, the recount in these states (usually of a couple of counties and not the whole state) might also change the down ballot elections. It might turn over both the House of Representatives (I believe it is only 3 at this time) and the US Senate in addition to tossing Biden and Harris out of Washington.

        It might come to holding a new election.

      • Gamecock permalink
        April 26, 2021 10:50 pm

        “in addition to tossing Biden and Harris out of Washington”

        So their execution isn’t an option? Dammit! Fraudulently taking over the presidency of the United States should be a capital offense.

        We could impeach them a month after they are gone. Should be mandatory.

  7. Matt Dalby permalink
    April 26, 2021 1:20 am

    Given that at heart the environmental movement is anti-human, e.g. calling humanity a plague, or saying that the world would be better if people didn’t exist, why should they give two hoots about slave labour? It has never been about improving people’s quality of life, and is nothing more than an excuse to control people. In this respect environmentalists are no different to the Chinese Communist Party, i.e. “progress” towards a stated goal is the only thing that matters.

    • Gamecock permalink
      April 26, 2021 2:08 am

      It’s an Alinsky thing.

      The Left doesn’t care about slavery. Nor democracy. Nor justice. They use these words because OTHER people care. So, they will declare that the votes in Arizona can’t be audited – to save our democracy. Nancy Pelosi has a wall built around the capitol – to save our democracy.

      With the Left, the issue is never the issue. Just a path to achieve their agenda.

      • David Calder permalink
        April 26, 2021 11:28 am

        This is so so true

    • Sceptical Sam permalink
      April 26, 2021 12:27 pm

      Matt,

      There seems to be some confusion amongst the green-left on that.

      After all, wasn’t it the former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer who said, publicly:

      “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

      So what is the goal of environmental policy?

      “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.”

      https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/another-climate-alarmist-admits-real-motive-behind-warming-scare/

      Isn’t the redistribution of wealth another socialist attempt to improve the quality of life of humanity?

      It doesn’t work. But they’re so slow they’re yet to understand that.

  8. April 26, 2021 6:12 am

    I thought this was common knowledge (except in the Grauniad bubble).

  9. April 26, 2021 7:50 am

    The wokies first port of call is always hypocrisy

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    April 26, 2021 8:30 am

    It’s amazing how cheap stuff is if you ignore all of its actual costs. My lunch yesterday was free – I opened the fridge and there was the food. Didn’t pay a penny for it yesterday.

    Of course I had paid for it when it was delivered, paid for it to be refrigerated and will have to pay for the packaging to be removed and the remains washed…

  11. fretslider permalink
    April 26, 2021 10:53 am

    This is what happens when you sack all your decent journalists and replace them with cheaper hacktivists.

    These articles actually make perfect sense in that they are experts in doublethink. What hey want is a Chinese style of government, because democracy just gets in the way.

    To lift the lockdown, Britain should follow China’s example

    So it was not just a lockdown and social distancing that were responsible for bringing down the R0 number in China, but the country’s community surveillance approach.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/10/lift-lockdown-uk-east-asia-coronavirus-pandemic

    [Cov]Authoritarianism is all the rage on the left.

  12. Graemethecat permalink
    April 26, 2021 11:22 am

    Why doesn’t the Grauniad power its presses, servers, office lights, heating etc exclusively with wind and solar power if they are so cheap?

  13. mjr permalink
    April 26, 2021 1:07 pm

    this is the same lefty climate change conundrum as
    – “all cars should be electric” BUT “mining for rare earths is polluting and uses child labour”
    – “biomass generation is green and not bad like fossil fuels” BUT “Devastation of US forests supplying biomass”\
    etc etc . no contradictions here… nothing to see.. move along ….. .

  14. Sceptical Sam permalink
    April 26, 2021 1:11 pm

    “Australian smarts” as the “Insanely cheap energy” sub-head asserts, is not what it appears to be.

    We’re not as smart as we like to think we are. Certainly, the Chinese are smarter at getting access to our IP and eventually our manufacturing.

    It wasn’t long before the Chinese had the lot. Zhengrong Shi was brought on as a Ph D student in 1989 to UNSW. They’re quick. Hey presto, he’s in China with his own show. A few shifties later, via a dodgy German bond issue and it’s belly-up for SunTech. But Shi, the Sun King, is now a billionaire. Three times over.

    And then I read this:

    “Hundreds of U.S. scientists feared compromised by China.
    – U.S. battles China efforts to steal scientific research”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/apr/22/us-scientists-feared-compromised-china/

    How many more are there working in our tax-payer funded tertiary institutions?

    Confucius only knows.

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