I told you so

According to a new study published by Chatham House burning wood pellets is not carbon neutral and creates more emissions than burning coal. I told you so and have been telling you so on these pages for many years.
Governments do not listen. I told them so too, but they obviously thought they knew better. The UK government created a Renewable Heat Incentive based around burning wood pellets under which they subsidised the fuel and the subsidies, paid out of our taxes were very high indeed. In fact in Northern Ireland the RHI became a source of income as the subsidy was greater than the cost of the fuel.  Continue reading

Subsidising Air Pollution

This morning in London started quite beautifully. Spring was in evidence in every tree and shrub and there was a warm feeling to the start of the day. The sky was clear and the air felt clean, but things were not as they appeared.  Continue reading

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

Pollution on the Streets of London

On Monday and Tuesday of this week when I walked the streets of London I noticed an orange dust had settled on cars. I also noticed that I coughed and sneezed, putting this down to a cold coming, although the orange dust I put down to mere pollution. In fact I had no cold coming and pollution was not mere pollution, but had reached 10 on the DEFRA scale of air pollution, which is the UK government’s highest scale reading. It is probably time to re-adjust the scale, perhaps to 20, as there is more pollution to come. Continue reading

The Effect on Climate of coal, diesel and wood burning

I have written a great deal about my views that particulates are a significant contribution to the changes that our climate are experiencing than we understand, and my instincts seem to be borne out by research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.  If the research has drawn the correct conclusions, then particulates from wood burning, diesel engines and coal burning (which create pure carbon in the form of soot) have twice more impact on our climate than previously estimated. 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

The air that I breathe…

“Sometimes, all I need is the air we breathe and to love you” the Hollies sang, but although we need a bit more than air, we do need air to be clean, free from pollution and of high quality. In the United Kingdom, in the face of the fresh westerly winds that gather moisture and discharge moisture and particulates into the Atlantic Ocean, we should have cleaner air than many places, but our air quality is declining and our people are increasingly suffering from disease and mortality caused by poor air quality. Continue reading