The whacky world of Ed Davey: Woodchip – I bring you to burn

Posted: October 7, 2014 by tallbloke in Accountability, alarmism, Carbon cycle, flames, government, Idiots

From the Mail:

davey-taxesLUNACY! The Lib Dem energy minister switched our biggest power station from coal to wood brought by diesel-guzzling ships from the U.S. The result? It costs us all a fortune and emits MORE pollution.

Indeed, it was Mr Davey who opened a new biomass phase for the vast Drax coal-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire last year, heralding the move as a new chapter in a low-carbon future.


This is a real landmark for Drax and for Britain’s energy security,’ he said. ‘Drax’s ambitious plans have made it one of Europe’s biggest renewable generators, helping to increase our green energy supplies.


Except there’s just one problem. Drax’s conversion to run half of its output on biomass means it will have to rely on wood from trees cut down in forests in America. The Sixties power station’s giant furnaces are being loaded with wood pellets carried 3,800 miles across the Atlantic in diesel-guzzling ships.

This grotesque environmental charade is being funded by government subsidies for the conversion of its coal-burning furnaces to biomass ones, which will put an estimated £23 on every family’s annual household energy bills for the next 13 years.

Already, the power station imports more than one million metric tons of wood pellets from the U.S. Much of this is derived from ancient deciduous trees in North Carolina.

Three months ago, 60 eminent American scientists wrote to Ed Davey pleading with him to stop ignoring the basic science and pressing on with a policy that was denuding their glorious forests.

They wrote: ‘Recent advances in science and accounting for pollution from different types of woody biomass have clarified that burning trees to produce electricity actually increases carbon emissions compared with fossil fuels for many decades and contributes to other air pollution problems.’
These warnings, even though they were publicised by green groups such as Friends Of The Earth, were ignored by the Coalition government.

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  1. tallbloke says:

    “To understand how we are now locked into environmental policies, we have to go back to 2008 when a rising star of the Labour government, Ed Miliband, piloted through Parliament the Climate Change Act.
    This imposed legally binding targets upon future governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050, and to reduce CO2 by 26 per cent by 2020.”

  2. P. G. Berkin says:

    …and look who’s on the board of Zilkha Biomass!

  3. Yes, UKIP is the only possible saviour. LibLabCon+greens are all mad as hatters when it comes to “climate change” and energy policy.

  4. Anything is possible says:

    P. G. Berkin says:
    October 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Who was it who said that crime doesn’t pay? They got that horribly wrong.

  5. mkelly says:

    “This imposed legally binding targets upon future governments…”

    Can these targets get voted out by a future government?

  6. tom0mason says:

    Ed Davey of Toad Hall contemplated…
    “That’s fixed Drax!” he concluded, and went back to deciding where to install more windmills in the countryside.

  7. wayne says:

    Except there’s just one problem. Drax’s conversion to run half of its output on biomass means it will have to rely on wood from trees cut down in forests in America. The Sixties power station’s giant furnaces are being loaded with wood pellets carried 3,800 miles across the Atlantic in diesel-guzzling ships.

    Boulder Colorado,

    they need to cut down their forests to burn in the UK first and foremost. It’s what that bunch of hippies were asking for when they helped create “Global Warming” in the first place. Serve up some justice at the same time.

  8. tempestnut says:

    @MKelly they could have a vote in parliament tomorrow and repeal any Law. The only issues are where we have signed international agreements. But even here under the Geneva convention no agreement can be entered into without a mechanism for getting out of the agreement. This is why we have article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, not because anyone was feeling generous. So provided the climate change act was UK only it could go tomorrow. Sometimes you have to laugh at the stupidity and arrogance of the political class who think they can change the climate.

  9. oldbrew says:

    And for Energy Ed’s next trick: smart meters. A paltry eleven billion GBP should do it if we’re lucky.

    ‘The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (the Department’s) Smart Metering Implementation Programme requires energy suppliers to replace 53 million meters in homes and small businesses with smart electricity and gas meters by 2020. The costs of installing smart meters, some £10.9 billion, will be borne by consumers through their energy bills.’

    Hands in pockets again, another consumer mugging on the way.

  10. It’s worse than:
    “diesel-guzzling ships”

    Most commercial ships are fueled with “Bunker C”. This fuel is so dense that it has to be heated to keep it from solidifying in the fuel tanks.

    Diesel fuel is a world apart and is only used in ship’s generators and the propulsion systems of Naval vessels. So you can see that the problem is even worse than Ed Davey would dare to admit.

  11. hunter says:

    North Carolina loves this foolishness.

    Thanks, y’all!

  12. Kon Dealer says:

    Follow the money.
    People are lining their pockets at our expense.

  13. tallbloke says:

    Don: Don’t it give you a warm fuzzy feeling?

  14. michael hart says:

    A real bonfire of the vanities.
    And yes, I spotted the title, TB.

  15. Sera says:

    Is it me, or does ‘Drax’ sound like the villain corporation in a James Bond film?

  16. AlecM says:

    Lizzy Borden took an axe,
    And gave Ed Davey Forty whacks.
    When she saw what she had done,
    She gave Chris Huhne Forty One.

    Ay thank youu….Ta Da……..

  17. cornwallwindwatch says:

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  18. clivebest says:

    I think I know why Davey and DECC are desperate to convert DRAX to burn wood chips. It is because wind has been such a disaster. To meet EU targets for 2020 DECC must show that 20% of energy is renewables. They don’t care about climate change or the environment. They just want to look good by meeting “Targets” !

    Wind only generates 6% of UK electricity ! –
    Wind does nothing for Energy Security !

    They rely on Biomass to bring the “renewable” proportion up to 15%. The only way to reach the 20% target by 2020 is to convert DRAX plus other stations to burn wood (as in the 18th century).

    It is just about saving face and their careers!

  19. tallbloke says:

    The climate change act has provisions for changing the targets if the science changes. I would say if 18 years of non-warming won’t change the science, we’re f*cked until we can elect a UKIP govt.

  20. clivebest says:

    Neither this government nor Labour will change the Climate Change act targets. I don’t think it has anything to do with climate science any more. They don’t even understand the science anyway. 97% of MPs voted to pass the act, so they cannot now allow themselves to look stupid.

    Eventually something will break. I once met a Dutch power engineer who worked in a Coal Power Station near Rotterdam. He told me they had done tests burning wood chips. If there is any moisture left in the wood they can explode and damage the boilers!

  21. oldbrew says:

    Woodchip fires will keep the fire services busy.

    ‘Fires and explosions at biomass power infrastructure are common occurrences’

    [Meriden woodchip fire – image credit: West Midlands Fire Service / Birmingham Mail]

  22. John de Melle says:

    Here is a video of the area being stripped of trees to provide wood chips for Drax, etc.

  23. clivebest says:

    The fact Is they kill living trees to preserve dead trees.
    They destroy rain forests in Borneo to grow Palm Oil for Biodiesel.
    They destroy Amazon rain forest to grow sugar Cane for Green Petrol.

  24. roger says:

    Today there is an opportunity for two small sections of the country to shake up these shysters.
    Vote UKIP!