The above photo is the Gladstone Power Station, which happens to also be Queensland's largest coal-fired power station. Notice the clean skies above condensation towers.
The 1,680 megawatt power station accounts for approximately 13 per cent of Queensland's installed electricity generation capacity and plays a pivotal role in the supply of electricity in central Queensland. Gladstone Power Station receives its primary fuel supplies from the Xstrata Rolleston and Anglo Callide coal mines.
The above photo shows the rare earth factories in Baotou, China. This is where rare earth metals are processed into neodymium magnets. Notice the man-made lake in the front of the picture shows water is mixed with foul-smelling radioactive waste from the industrial process.
This is an aerial photo of the man-made lake outside of Baotou, China (NY Times).
Each and every wind turbine has 2,500 kg of neodymium magnets inside the wind turbine generator.
The mining and refining of neodymium is so dirty and toxic - involving repeated boiling in acid, with radioactive thorium as a waste product - that only one country does it - China. This year it flexed its trade muscles and briefly stopped exporting neodymium from its inner Mongolian mines. Forget Middle East oil, how’s that for dangerous reliance on a volatile foreign supply.
The Gillard government will allocate over $13 Billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to help fund even more of these useless monstrosities and as already demonstrated above, wind turbines create more pollution in their manufacture than what they can save once they ever become operational, they kill thousands of birds and bats each and every year they are in operation, they affect human health, blight our beautiful landscapes, cost a fortune to install and maintain, require 24/7 back-up gas or coal power source (so what’s the point of them in the first place?), cost on average 2.2 jobs for every 1 job and to top it off, they don’t reduce our Carbon Dioxide emissions one iota and the Australian taxpayer will still be forced by the Gillard government's Clean Energy Future legislation to buy billions of dollars worth of foreign Carbon Dioxide abatement certificates from snake oil salesman from dodgy 3rd world countries who will never cut an ounce of Carbon Dioxide emissions. In short – we have all been conned.
I have been informed that the original photo representing the rare earth's processing plant in Baotou, China, is actualy a picture of the Lasengmiao Power Plant in Inner Mongolia.I have replaced the Lasengmiao photo with an accurate photo of the rare earth processing plants in Baotou.