I am l taking a section out of an excellent posting by James Delingpole title “Delingpole: Why Renewables are doomed and fossil fuels are the future” from the Breitbart website. It is a very long posting and before I decide to try to summarize it, I want to have you take a look at an ignorant or disingenuous statements by a Brit CEO.
“There is currently in much of the West a vast gulf between where government policy sits on the renewables issue and where reality lies. A good example of this is Britain’s largest power station Drax which has been encouraged by UK government policy introduced in the Labour era – but not opposed by David Cameron’s pretend-Conservatives – to stop using coal and instead burn wood chips, supposedly because they’re carbon neutral, “renewable” and therefore more eco-friendly.
Except in fact this policy has been appalling for the environment – how is it eco-friendly to chop down acres of North Carolina forest and ship them 3,800 miles to be burned for fuel? – and has done nothing to reduce CO2 levels.
It is symptomatic of the bizarre, looking glass world we inhabit that when Christopher Booker pointed this out in this Sunday Telegraph column, the CEO of Drax Dorothy Thompson felt able to reply with this letter:
But as Paul Homewood demonstrates here in some detail, many of these claims just aren’t true. The only reason that Dorothy Thompson can get away with them with even a hint of good conscience is simply that she is backed up by an apparatus of official lies.
As he notes, for example, in his reply to her letter:
Dorothy Thompson (Letters, 5th Feb) claims that Drax’s biomass plant makes carbon savings of 80%, compared with coal. However, this is based on EU accounting rules, which classify burning wood as “zero carbon”.
Drax’s own figures show that CO2 emissions from biomass are actually 12% greater than coal for each unit of electricity generated.
Burning wood produces ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS!!! Based on that EU logic, North Korea might be the most environment friendly nation in the world. North Korea has cut down nearly every tree in the country. See “Did CO2 Cause North Korea To Collapse?”