The sustainable wood-pellet sale was 'bought' hook line and stinker by the GB government.
'Assume the annual growth rate for a working forest is 2 tons per acre, and that the landowner is managing 1 million acres. Yearly, that land produces 2 million tons of new growth, or 5,480 tons daily. If the daily maximum allowable cut is set
at 4,500 tons and 50 percent of that harvest was used for pellet production, that one landowner would supply enough wood fiber to make about 430,000 tons of pellets annually.
Suppose those pellets are supplied to a power plant
that has converted from coal to pellets. It would consume 1,180 tons of pellet fuel daily, instead of about 900 tons of coal.
The U.K.’s Drax power station uses pellets in two of six lines. For the coal supply chain,
from mining and extraction to delivery to Drax’s power station, about 150 kilograms (kg) of CO2 per megawatt-hour of electricity (MWhe) is generated. Pellets produce about 45 kg/MWhe more CO2 in the supply chain.
unlike coal, pellets sourced from forests that are managed 'so growth rates exceed harvest rates are carbon neutral' in combustion. Each MWhe Drax generates from coal produces almost 1,000 kg of new atmospheric CO2. Including the supply chain carbon
footprints of coal and pellets, that is nearly six times more CO2 from coal than from pellets for the same power output.'
The creative accountancy over the truth:
Drax is the only UK power station that burns imported wood pellets rather than domestic woodchips. In 2017, Drax burned 6.8 million tonnes of pellets (made from 13.5 million tonnes of wood). The majority of those pellets came from the southern US, with most
of the remainder coming from Canada, Latvia and Estonia. However, the mothballed Lynemouth coal power station is currently being converted to biomass and
is expected to start operating later in 2018. And MGT Power (owned by Macquarie Group and the Danish pension fund PKA)
is building a large new biomass power station at Tees Port which is to open in 2020. Each of those power stations is to burn 1.5 million tonnes of pellets annually, and both have entered into sourcing agreements with Enviva, Drax’s biggest external pellet
[ii] Of cause, the confirmed observations would have gone up the academic lines and arrived in the ears of government [Here in the UK by 1976].
In 1989 [The Outgoing] Margaret Thatcher gave
another ‘confrontational, controversial’ speech [not this time, banging the drum of the ills of the forming E.U Super-State take-over of all European countries] this time about the global climate future:
So, Climate alarmists are the Grandchildren asking why humanity has not changed energy direction sooner and why so slow now?! Money is the reason, that invention of value superseding genuine value. Governments are committed to global trade and the tax from
ever larger economies. Also governments choose the cheapest easiest forms of energy production. [This article will not deal with the dysfunction of global governments particularly the [current] democratic version of the unqualified short-termist career-delinquent
politician types] – [iii] The last 150 years of the industrial revolution cannot and will not be reversed by a date set by any type of scientist.
(c) What the climate alarmists [or alertists] should also be promoting is contingency preparations
[irrespective of even a 100% success of their efforts] for human societies. Strengthened housing / Roofing, higher ground building and water runoff channels and hardened enclosed walkways between buildings and travel terminals. These and many more considerations
for ongoing living in a hurricane climate should be on the drawing board and already have been implemented. The failure of this preparation [in addition to the failure / refusal to push ahead with genuine practical conviction for a clean [lower] carbon world
order] is going to lead to additional damage to societies [in the west] and unnecessary destruction to global economies, [far greater than a false virus threat].