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June 25, 2008

Eco-Missionaries Subject Third World to Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at June 25, 2008 9:22 AM

Having decided that it would be hurtful to Gaia for the Third World to rise up out of poverty, condescending eco-missionaries have taken their moonbattery on the road to places like Haiti, where the picturesque peasants are expected to generate electricity in an Earth-friendly manner: by pedal-powered generator.

Green Tech Blog gleefully reports

Dissigno works to build businesses with nonprofit groups and communities in Haiti, India, and Tanzania. In Haiti, the company set up a system so that people can rent portable LED lights, which are recharged by plugging into a generator powered by a bicycle-like device, for $2 per month. Kerosene lamp refills, by contrast, cost around $3.50 per month. Six hours of pedaling charges the 12-volt battery. Each 1.5-watt LED light running several hours every night should last a month.

As BelchSpeak points out, that means pedaling 6 hours for $1.50. This comes to 25¢ per hour. No sooner do green collar jobs start to materialize than they are outsourced.

Based in San Francisco, Dissigno is backed by World Bank funding. Capitalism provides wealth where it can be used to create more wealth. International organizations provide wealth were it can be flushed down the toilet in the name of moonbattery.

"Keep pedaling, boy, so I can pretend I'm saving the planet."