Is Drax scheme as green as it seems?

THE PRESS of December 10 pushed the boat out when reporting Ed Davey’s 15 minutes in the Drax spotlight. Yet further questions could have been asked in your report and editorial.

The £1 billion annual subsidy for this ‘renewable scheme’ went unmentioned. One scheduled to generate 50 per cent electricity, compared with a similar quantity of coal, but without significant reduction in CO2 emissions anticipated for many years, if ever.

A holistic, green approach suggests mentioning the emissions associated with felling virgin forest in the USA; grinding the timber to sawdust; drying this product to the correct moisture content before transportation to the nearest port and loading into ships.

Then shipping to the UK, unloading, taking it (14 trains a day) to Drax, unloading and storage – all requiring fossil fuel energy. Finally, burning it and producing similar, even greater, amounts of CO2 per unit generated.

Breakeven time is estimated to be 40 years, so presumably £40 billion in subsidies paid.

Still, perhaps in 40 years we might see the promised land: carbon capture and storage might work by then somewhere in the world, provided billions are thrown at it.

Nick Blitz, South Lane, Haxby, York.

 

•BBC coverage of the new Drax power station was typical of the sinister big government and big business alliances.

Billions of pounds in subsidies for Drax shareholders equate to soaring electricity costs for families and pensioners – the most expensive in the ‘free’ world.

Unchallenged assumptions on global warming (there is none!) stand alongside the ludicrous implication that CO2 is a pollutant, instead of a life-giving natural gas.

We must break the link between public service broadcasting, big business and government before they destroy the country between them.

Godfrey Bloom, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, Main Street, Wressle, Selby.

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4:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Two excellent letters and right on the mark.
And just remind me of former Energy Secretary and convicted liar, Chris Huhne who landed a lucrative part time job in the biomass industry?

Coal remains a lot cheaper and if we tried we could produce much of that required in the UK. Less transportation and more British jobs for British workers. (Carbon foot print?)
Why are the USA not burning their own wood, instead of exporting it? They have cheap and plentiful energy thanks to their shale gas revolution.

I think we are missing a trick somewhere, no doubt down to unproven carbon phobia.
Two excellent letters and right on the mark. And just remind me of former Energy Secretary and convicted liar, Chris Huhne who landed a lucrative part time job in the biomass industry? Coal remains a lot cheaper and if we tried we could produce much of that required in the UK. Less transportation and more British jobs for British workers. (Carbon foot print?) Why are the USA not burning their own wood, instead of exporting it? They have cheap and plentiful energy thanks to their shale gas revolution. I think we are missing a trick somewhere, no doubt down to unproven carbon phobia. ColdAsChristmas

7:11am Sat 14 Dec 13

Igiveinthen says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
Two excellent letters and right on the mark.
And just remind me of former Energy Secretary and convicted liar, Chris Huhne who landed a lucrative part time job in the biomass industry?

Coal remains a lot cheaper and if we tried we could produce much of that required in the UK. Less transportation and more British jobs for British workers. (Carbon foot print?)
Why are the USA not burning their own wood, instead of exporting it? They have cheap and plentiful energy thanks to their shale gas revolution.

I think we are missing a trick somewhere, no doubt down to unproven carbon phobia.
I second your comment, I think we should look at re-opening our coal mines, we have huge coal reserves under this country enough to be self sufficient in our energy needs, but we are lumbered with - pardon the pun - green energy generation which is costly and has resulted in people being forced into fuel poverty, don't think I'm on the side of the big six energy suppliers either, I believe no matter what excuse they use they are ripping off the consumer to feed their profits which are then passed onto investors as dividends, yes I know thy have to pay their investors but to me at the end of the day it's all greed, greed, greed!!!
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: Two excellent letters and right on the mark. And just remind me of former Energy Secretary and convicted liar, Chris Huhne who landed a lucrative part time job in the biomass industry? Coal remains a lot cheaper and if we tried we could produce much of that required in the UK. Less transportation and more British jobs for British workers. (Carbon foot print?) Why are the USA not burning their own wood, instead of exporting it? They have cheap and plentiful energy thanks to their shale gas revolution. I think we are missing a trick somewhere, no doubt down to unproven carbon phobia.[/p][/quote]I second your comment, I think we should look at re-opening our coal mines, we have huge coal reserves under this country enough to be self sufficient in our energy needs, but we are lumbered with - pardon the pun - green energy generation which is costly and has resulted in people being forced into fuel poverty, don't think I'm on the side of the big six energy suppliers either, I believe no matter what excuse they use they are ripping off the consumer to feed their profits which are then passed onto investors as dividends, yes I know thy have to pay their investors but to me at the end of the day it's all greed, greed, greed!!! Igiveinthen

4:09pm Sat 14 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

I agree with you Igiveinthen. Energy companies have had a nice little earner from this so called green deal etc. Further, at least one of the big six has joined forces with propaganda group 10/10. This is a green campaign that in one add they explode teachers and children who do not believe in global warming. Even this year, Green Sleaze are at it by telling kids that Christmas is cancelled due to the Arctic melting. (So they say) Check out save santas home.org
Don’t forget the £Billion’s stashed away in the Green Investment Bank either. I hope some day soon that someone will work out just how much has been wasted on this carbon con and then work out the what if it had been better spent or even saved?

I can think of a few people to send the bill to!
I agree with you Igiveinthen. Energy companies have had a nice little earner from this so called green deal etc. Further, at least one of the big six has joined forces with propaganda group 10/10. This is a green campaign that in one add they explode teachers and children who do not believe in global warming. Even this year, Green Sleaze are at it by telling kids that Christmas is cancelled due to the Arctic melting. (So they say) Check out save santas home.org Don’t forget the £Billion’s stashed away in the Green Investment Bank either. I hope some day soon that someone will work out just how much has been wasted on this carbon con and then work out the what if it had been better spent or even saved? I can think of a few people to send the bill to! ColdAsChristmas

9:29am Sun 15 Dec 13

Igiveinthen says...

It would seem that we are not very popular with our greens and friends of the earth judging by the number of negatives, why don't you all comment or is it easier for you all to just tap the screen?
It would seem that we are not very popular with our greens and friends of the earth judging by the number of negatives, why don't you all comment or is it easier for you all to just tap the screen? Igiveinthen

2:25am Tue 17 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

That's all they have my friend. Ice caps getting bigger and the Middle East freezing; they are in a bit of a mess. Not long to go now but at what cost?
That's all they have my friend. Ice caps getting bigger and the Middle East freezing; they are in a bit of a mess. Not long to go now but at what cost? ColdAsChristmas

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