EU nations set to wipe out forests and not account for emissions

Posted: May 23, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Energy, ideology
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Yes folks, they’re going to burn wood on an industrial scale and call it ‘climate-friendly’. You couldn’t make it up.


By Paul Homewood


By Fred Pearce

It looks like greenwash. European nations publicly keen to boost their climate credentials by switching to “green” biomass are accused of working behind the scenes to expunge their carbon emissions from burning wood in power stations from national emissions statistics.

“If we don’t measure emissions when trees are cut, we won’t measure them at all,” says Hannah Mowat of FERN, a European NGO working to save the continent’s forests, who has followed the EU negotiations on the issue.

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  1. Shades of the Islamic jihadists destroying priceless artifacts of ancient cultures; these benighted cultists, shorn of all reason, would destroy the oldest and most priceless artifacts of living nature itself. See the 1972 movie “Silent Running”: “In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth’s botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.”

  2. What is not revealed in this account is that for each unit of energy produced from combustion, wood has a greater percentage of volatiles than brown coal and lignite.

    Wood emissions are a major indoor pollutant in developing countries worldwide.

  3. tom0mason says:

    NASA says globally CO2 levels have risen —

    But the EU says their output is dropping —

    But then the EU is only 9% of the global fossil fuel CO2 production, so they can’t do much to the overall global level.

    So now it’s rip-out the plants that take CO2 out of the atmosphere, and burn them to make more CO2.
    Then use a trick in the accounting to make this CO2 disappear from the figures.
    However all this extra effort and expense in installing the unreliable ‘renewables’ with all the additional control systems has achieved next to zip in reducing global CO2 levels. But that of course was never the real aim.

    Thankfully CO2 does not affect the climate to any large degree as NATURE and NATURAL variations are the only ruler of climate change.

  4. oldbrew says:

    The accelerated warming forecast by papers like this has never happened despite increases in CO2 levels.

    ‘The science’ just doesn’t work as they thought, or their models predicted. Most of the radiative gas in the atmosphere is water vapour, not CO2. This was always well-known.