A Trifecta of Green Lunacy: The law of unintended consequences kicks in

Watts Up With That?

Green Lunacy #1: £450 Million Lost Over Failed Green Power That Is Worse Than Coal
The Times, 23 February 2017
Ben Webster

Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia

Britain is wasting hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising power stations to burn American wood pellets that do more harm to the climate than the coal they replaced, a study has found.

Green subsidies for wood pellets were championed by Chris Huhne when he was energy and climate change secretary. Mr Huhne, 62, was jailed in 2013 for perverting the course of justice/ LEON NEAL/ AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

Chopping down trees and transporting wood across the Atlantic Ocean to feed power stations produces more greenhouse gases than much cheaper coal, according to the report. It blames the rush to meet EU renewable energy targets, which resulted in ministers making the false assumption that burning trees was carbon-neutral.
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