'Research shows that large privately-owned buildings in Washington D.C. certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, actually use more energy than uncertified buildings.'
'Since 2009, only 20 solar power plants are on track to being built out of 365 applications to build such plants on federal lands, reports the Los Angeles Times. Only three large-scale facilities have gone online — one in Nevada and two in California. Furthermore, the first federal lands auction for solar developers last fall failed to attract a single bid.'
'But air and water pollution kill 6 million people each year and harm billions worldwide. Wealthy countries largely solved these problems through economic development. Poor countries should have the same opportunity to develop — so they, too, can have clean drinking water and switch to cleaner energy sources, instead of using dung and twigs for fuel'
'The Germans are spending about $110 billion on subsidies for these solar panels,' said Lomborg. 'The net effect of all those investments will be to postpone global warming by 37 hours by the end of the century.'
'All those billions, for 37 hours delay?,' asked John Stossel.
'Yeah,' said Lomborg, 'so remember them in [the year] 2100 and say, 'Wow.''
Lovelock: 'I am an environmentalist & founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood & misapplied. We never intended...nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs'
WWF International: "Transformative change is urgently needed in our productive sectors, including our food systems, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and extractives, and in the finance sector. These transformations need to happen fast if we are to limit risks of higher restoration costs and irreversible damage, including new pandemics and species extinction. We must transform our food systems so that enough healthy and nutritious food is produced for all, within planetary boundaries."
Since the 1980s, 29% of human CO2 emissions were cancelled out by the CO2-induced greening of the Earth. The post-2000 vegetative greening expansion has been so massive (5.4 million km²) its net areal increase is equivalent to a region the size of the Amazon rainforest.