Cutting Down Forests To Save The Earth; You Simply Can’t Get Any More Stupid Than This

Green Shock: Entire Forests Being Murdered to Produce Wood Pellet Biomass

Hardwood forests cut down to feed Drax Power plant, Channel 4 Dispatches claims

Brendan Montague | 16th April 2018

A Dispatches investigation has uncovered evidence of hardwood forests being chopped down to provide ‘green energy’ for the UK. Experts say unique habitats rich in wildlife are under threat as Britain’s power stations switch from burning coal to wood, writes BRENDAN MONTAGUE

Huge areas of hardwood forest in the state of Virginia are being chainsawed to create ‘biomass’ energy in Britain as the government attempts to reach targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in efforts to tackle climate change, an investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches has found.

A key part of government efforts to hit its green energy targets is to switch from generating electricity from burning coal to burning wood – or so-called biomass. It’s a policy that is costing taxpayers more than £700 million per year through a levy on their electricity bills.

The biomass industry and government argue that because wood is a renewable source of energy and trees can be replanted to reabsorb carbon dioxide this policy is good for the environment.

The power station giant claims that burning pellets instead of coal reduces carbon emissions by more than 80 percent.

However, Dispatches conducted a simple experiment at a laboratory at the University of Nottingham to compare the carbon dioxide emitted when burning wood pellets, similar to those used by Drax, instead of coal.

Dozens of scientists

It found that to burn an amount of wood pellets that would generate the same amount of electricity as coal it would actually produce roughly eight percent more carbon.

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4 thoughts on “Cutting Down Forests To Save The Earth; You Simply Can’t Get Any More Stupid Than This”

  1. The joke is, the head of Zilkha the UK end of the company that imports the wood pellets is none other than the egregious ex-jailbird and ex-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne, who acquired the low-hours six-figure salary sinecure only a few weeks after leaving prison and while still under license after serving a derisory prison sentence for perverting the course of justice – a crime so serious that it can carry a life sentence.

    Any normal person would struggle to get a job swabbing the floor in a pub toilet with a record like that.

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