Wood Burning Power Station: the stupidity of Government

I have on many times pointed out that wood burning power stations will cause environmental damage. If you use the search engine that WordPress have provided for these essay you can get some idea of what I wrote and the time when I wrote it, before any wood burning power stations were built. I have railed against the subsidies paid out of our taxes for wood burning power and heat, all to no avail. I have explained the difference between a clean renewable energy policy and a dirty renewable energy policy, but no one in authority bothered to listen to my unimportant voice. Continue reading

A Bear of Very Little Brain

I wonder why in the United Kingdom the intellectual capacity of ministers and civil servants who deal with energy issues is so low. I know that I am being unusually rude, but energy and the environment are too important issues to have bears of very little brain in charge of policy.

Avid readers of these essays will know that I have always been opposed to wood burning power stations and will know the reason is that they cause terrible environmental damage. Continue reading

Mindless Renewable Energy Targets

In the almost mindless race to meet the United Kingdom’s emission targets the government has decided to subsidise, at taxpayer’s expense, the generation of electricity in a way which will mean the creation of far more greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

Burning the Forests

It was nice to see that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are now almost coming to the view that I expressed about burning biomass some three or four years ago. The RSPB are a powerful lobby group and when they speak people listen. The RSPB has over a million members (the British love birds) and when in theUKa society with more than a million members speak, the establishment listens, at the least. Continue reading

Why do we know better?

Andrew Warren of the Association of the Conservation of Energy has written an interesting article comparing theUnited KingdomwithGermanywithin the context of climate change measures. Both nations are similarly sized with similar economies, Mr Warren points out with virtually identical climate change targets.

However as Mr Warren points out the United Kingdom is basing its energy policy on electricity consumption increasing and being serviced by renewable energy, whereas the German energy policy is based upon reducing waste in all energy consumption. Continue reading

The top eight environmental felonies

I wrote about the top ten environmental misdemeanours recently and I now present my list of the top eight environmental felonies, which are more serious environmental crimes than mere misdemeanours. There are hundreds of environmental misdemeanours, but few environmental crimes. Continue reading