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People say solar panels don't produce carbon emissions, but they do. And now, a major new investigation by Environmental Progress, drawing on the research of @enricomariutti , finds that solar panels made in China produce at least 3x more carbon emissions than IPCC claims. Image
Solar Panels More Carbon-Intensive Than Claimed

Ecoinvent, the world’s largest database on the environmental impact of renewables, has no data from China, even though it makes most of the world's solar panels

by @cpcolum @LeaBoothJr

This investigation was done in… https://t.co/8pKSIgeo4Atwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

A Lone And Obstinate Italian Data Crusader

The China-sized black hole at the heart of the world’s photovoltaic data might, in the context of the industry, seem obvious.

That didn’t make it any easier for Enrico Mariutti, an introspective but compulsive 37-year-old Italian from… https://t.co/eAOcPaCUaPtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
De Wild-Scholten’s Secret Data Stash

In two emailed responses, Wild-Scholten said that, when determining the electricity consumption of silicon purification, which is used to make wafers, she rarely read scientific papers “because of low data quality, outdated data and or… https://t.co/4ycfwtIcLytwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The Missing Chinese Data

When scientists, academics, or researchers lack accurate data in the Western world, they usually work hard to fill the data void directly. Major efforts are undertaken, and huge sums are spent on sourcing ever more reliable and better data.

Not so,… https://t.co/I6RgKP8C7atwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Circular Data

For more clarity on why researchers continue to rely on Ecoinvent despite the oversights, Environmental Progress contacted Mariutti’s Twitter sparring partner, Dr. Raugei. He explained that one of the reasons the database has come to prominence was because of how… https://t.co/bUQW4Hh2o5twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The IEA Perspective

After a number of lengthy exchanges with Environmental Progress, IEA representatives and collaborators could only offer evasive and not always entirely corroborating answers.

“It’s true that silicon purification is the most energy-intensive stage in PV… https://t.co/kOCRZMXVDPtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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More from @shellenberger

Jul 24
This is disinformation. The world has never produced larger food surpluses. By your own standard, your tweet should be censored. https://t.co/7QRWQHJjRO
Here you are, demanding censorship of "misinformation" while you spread toxic disinformation.

You know perfectly well that the world produces gigantic food surpluses

The @UNFAO has shown that fertilizer, tractors, and irrigation will continue to massively outweigh climate change. You @antonioguterres know this and yet you continue to lie about both food and climate change while demanding censorship of accurate information. Image
Read 4 tweets
Jul 21
Democrats were the party of free speech but have become the party of censorship. While Republican support for online censorship is mostly unchanged, Democrats' support skyrocketed from 40%-70% in a half-decade. The cause? Media propaganda that depicts Republicans as fascists. Image
First Amendment In Peril

by @lwoodhouse

Pew has a poll out showing that Americans have become far less committed to free speech over the last five years. From 2018 to today, the percentage of Americans who favor tech companies and the US government “restricting false… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
@lwoodhouse Hard Times Make New Heroes

RFK Finds His Voice :: FBI Fesses Up :: Student Reporters Topple A President :: Rep. Luna vs. The General

by @shellenberger @lwoodhouse @galexybrane @LucianoBeige

Special “Abuse Of Power” Edition

Over the last several weeks, it’s become increasingly… https://t.co/QpFIw1EtdNtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Read 4 tweets
Jul 20
In 2020, the FBI repeatedly warned Twitter & Facebook of a forthcoming Russian disinformation operation about Hunter Biden. When @nypost published emails from his laptop, Twitter & FB censored the content. Now, an FBI official admits FBI knew the laptop was real. Massive.
We already knew that the FBI took possession of Hunter's laptop in Dec. 2019.

What we didn't know was whether or not the FBI agents warning of Russian disinfo related to Hunter Biden also knew that FBI had his laptop.

Now we know they did.

Three days ago, Laura Dehmlow, the chief of the FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force, told Congressional investigators, "Somebody from Twitter essentially asked whether the laptop was real. And one of the FBI folks... did confirm that 'yes, it was'...."

This is mindblowing. Image
Read 9 tweets
Jul 18
Scientists studying Covid's origin told Congress last week that they were practicing science. But newly released private messages show Fauci's advisors knew they couldn't show a natural spillover had occurred and thought a lab leak was possible long after claiming otherwise. Image
Last week, two of the top scientific advisors to Anthony Fauci testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, which is investigating the origins of Covid-19.

Bob Garry told members of Congress that the novel coronavirus had emerged in nature and not… https://t.co/whLqfpiYaZtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
From “Project-Wuhan_Engineering” to “Project-Wuhan_Pangolin”

Only a tiny fraction of the communications between Andersen and his coauthors has been reported upon before now. Drawing on the newly released messages, Public has cataloged nearly 60 clear statements by Andersen and… https://t.co/v6T5Ccw5YLtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Jul 14
Biden yesterday said there was “no possibility” Russia could win in Ukraine and Putin had “already lost,” but those were lies. Just a few hours later, the DoD announced that Biden had deployed 3,000 additional troops "to defend NATO's eastern flank" because "fighting is severe." Image
Why Do We Fight?

In 1941, shortly after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Chief of Staff to the U.S. Army gave an assignment to a famous Hollywood movie director.

“Now, Capra,” said George Marshall to Oscar-winning Director Frank Capra, “I want to nail down with you a plan to make… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Reality Makes a Cameo at the San Francisco Chronicle

In 2021, San Francisco’s infamously lenient former District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, warned against arresting and prosecuting the Honduran drug dealers that crowd the city’s downtown sidewalks on the theory that many of them… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Jul 10
YouTube claims to be a social media platform, but it's not. It deplatforms disfavored views. That makes it a normal media company, not subject to Section 230 liability protections. Enough is enough. Congress &/or the courts should strip YouTube of its Section 230 status.
I have repeatedly called on Congress to mandate transparency by social media companies for its censorship decisions, but YouTube's behavior is totally out-of-line, directly interfering in a presidential campaign, and deplatforming and demonitizing disfavored people.
Google/YouTube has shown no real interest in transparency or accountability and so Congress, the Justice Department, and/or the judiciary should respond by taking away the company's Section 230 protections. It's behaving like a normal, biased news media company, not a platform.
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