Update: To understand what all the fuss is about, read this. The green billionaire — green lobby — green politician axis is corrupt and destructive from top to bottom.
The meaning of the zen koan in the title can be approached by meditating on another koan: If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!
We are not actually telling you to kill Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, or Richard Branson. These men are performing many admirable deeds in the real world, and deserve respect for those good things that they do. On the other hand, with the best intentions in the world, they are performing abominable and destructive deeds and sponsoring processes that will have catastrophic effects on the human future.
How does one resolve the apparent contradiction? On the one hand, these successful men (and women) are providing great value by pursuing the enterprises which made them successful in the first place. On the other hand, they are behaving like jackasses by toeing politically correct and fashionable lines of “what is considered environmentally good” but is actually destructive beyond calculation.
Al Fin was once much like these well-meaning but deluded billionaires, in that he believed that big wind and big solar power farms were workable and clean ways of weaning humans off coal, oil, and other hydrocarbons. Long before CO2 alarmism became a cause celebre for wealthy and powerful celebrities, back when “global cooling” was still a fear of green doomers, Al Fin was concerned about the CO2 and other pollutants spewing from smokestacks and auto exhausts.
But childhood delusions and childlike delusions must make way for stark realities — at least for intelligent, curious, and honest persons. Al Fin discovered that big wind and big solar are not workable power sources for large power grids, and are not affordable at all — beyond a low level token (but still damaging) contribution to the grid. Al Fin also has learned that there are far greater and more powerful controllers of global climate than CO2, which is only 0.04% of the Earth’s atmosphere.
If you want to know why Al Fin changed his mind about big wind and big solar, here are some excellent source materials:
Politicians and bureaucracies of government, media, and academia, rely on and promote the “consensual delusion” to keep the public in line. Powerful green billionaires find ways to make a profit out of destroying reliable and affordable energy for the masses.
While they may not deserve to be executed for such acts of selfish sabotage, they do deserve to be exposed for what they are doing. Here is a list of some of them:
Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis
Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello
More can be found at these links: http://www.examiner.com/article/forbes-publishes-list-of-the-world-s-greenest-billionaires
People do die when installing and maintaining wind and solar farms and arrays. In fact, nuclear energy is by far the safest form of power production per TWh. It also provides the best return on investment.
Imagine how much better nuclear will become when Luddite leaders such as Obama and Merkel can no longer prevent the development of entire new generations of safer, cleaner, more economical and more reliable nuclear reactors!
Wind and solar have been around for thousands of years, and have proven their worth for passive and off-grid uses. But the promotion of big wind and big solar in ever increasing penetration of large but fragile power grids, is literally a crime.
When Warren Buffett profits handsomely from his investments in destructive, unreliable green energy, he leaves an indelible blemish upon his otherwise relatively clean and admirable life.
When Elon Musk and Richard Branson promote unworkable and costly green energy schemes, they are neutralising much of the good effects of their forward drive into outer space.
When Sergey Brin promotes unreliable, intermittent, low-quality, exorbitantly expensive, and massively destructive green energy, he is modifying Google’s legacy in an ugly and ultimately catastrophic manner.
These men are doing what countless wealthy and well-meaning men have done before them. They are branching out into dangerous areas of politics which threaten the economic foundations that made the building of their fortunes possible in the first place.
They are not stupid. They are certainly deluded if they believe they are doing good things by going corruptly green. And they are more than deluded if they believe that these acts of sabotage will not rebound upon them in some way.
If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!
In other words, wise men destroy the icons in order to see to the underlying reality beneath. Well-meaning but delusionary moderns mistake the icons for the reality. It is what they have been programmed to do and what they are meant to do, if they wish to fit in to the consensual delusion.
But the reality beneath global warming, green energy, politically correct multiculturalism, and any number of other modern icons is quite ugly and thoroughly corrupt. The consensual delusion in modern western countries is generally as corrupt and deceptive as it is in Potemkin Russia, as it was in the USSR and Nazi Germany, and as it is in the CCP’s China and in the worst of muslim and communist countries.
The advantage of people in the west is that they can carefully play one information source against thousands of others, and with due diligence fact-checking can often learn something real.
Nuclear is the cleanest energy, says Bill Gates, one billionaire who seems to have been paying attention.