No surprise for anyone paying attention.
A study published in late April by an environmental group found that Europe’s biofuel regulations created 80 percent more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than the conventional oil they replaced. The report estimates the biofuels create new emissions equivalent to putting an extra 12 million cars on the road.
Europe has been blending small percentages of biofuels into conventional gasoline and oil and diesel specifically to reduce CO2 emissions. The continent plans to require biofuels account for 10 percent of all fuel used by 2020. The EU’s CO2 emissions are estimated to have increased by 0.7 percent last year relative to 2014, even though the continent has spent an estimated $1.2 trillion financially supporting green and bio-energy with the goal of lowering CO2 emissions.
Ontario Canada is converting a 4,000MW coal power plant to a 44MMW solar farm.
“Through the IESO’s new Large Renewable Procurement program, solar providers will receive an average of 15.67 cents/kWh for their clean energy.”
“The province’s pivot toward renewables has not come without significant economic ramifications, however. On-peak power cost consumers 17.5 cents/kWh in Nov. of 2015, compared to just 9.7 cents/kWh in the same month of 2006, according to the Ontario Energy Board—an 80 per cent hike. For off-peak power, Ontarians paid 8.3 cents/kWh in 2015, relative to 3.4 cent/kWh in 2006—or 144 per cent more.”
There was no mention in the story how 44MW of intermittent power can replace 4,000MW of dispatchable power.
There was no mention in the story of how many jobs will be transferred to China or India.
Cleaner Air = More Sunshine = Warmer
“A paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters finds that clean air laws which greatly reduced sulfur dioxide emissions explain 81% of the “brightening” of sunshine and 23% of the surface warming in Europe since 1980.”
Read about it here.
“Britain’s biggest power station is suing the Government for losing a lucrative contract after a Mail on Sunday investigation revealed that it burns wood from precious US forests as a ‘green’ alternative to coal.
Drax is committed to switching from coal to ‘biomass’, or wood pellets.
In December, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey promised the North Yorkshire plant two lucrative ‘contracts for difference’ – which would see it earn £105 for every megawatt hour it generates, rather than the normal price of £50.
“But this paper revealed that much of its biomass is shipped in from historic wetland hardwood forests – 3,000 miles away in North Carolina.
“Environmentalists” say this is destroying endangered species’ habitats, and increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”
However, keep in mind it was “Environmentalists” who have worked hard to stop fracking. Natural gas has half the CO2 per mega-joule of energy compared to coal. And it is much, much cleaner than coal or wood.
Haven’t the “deniers” been saying this for a long time? Biofuels are a cruel joke on the poor. Driving up food prices and creating more CO2.
“The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose.
A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
The draft report represents a dramatic about-turn for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”
Billions squandered by idiots.
Paris air pollution is getting so bad they are banning half the cars and only allowing cars with odd number plates in on some days and even numbered plates on other days.
I know the world likes to blame bad air pollution in China on the coal power plants, but Paris gets most of its electricity fro nuclear power. So obviously they got the right conclusion – blame cars. Could all the new wealth in China and all the new cars be behind their pollution, and not coal power (or not as much)?
“Hundreds of police are monitoring traffic in Paris after pollution levels prompted the French government to impose major restrictions.
Only motorists whose cars have odd-numbered registration plates are allowed to drive.
On Tuesday, if the restrictions remain in place, it will be the turn of those with even-numbered plates.
Ministers acted after air pollution exceeded safe levels for five days running in Paris and surrounding areas.
The smoggy conditions have been caused by a combination of cold nights and warm days, which have prevented pollution from dispersing.”
"Clean-air policies in developing countries have resulted in reduced levels of anthropogenic atmospheric
aerosol pollution. Reductions in aerosol pollution is thought to result in a reduction in haze and
cloud layers, leading to an increase in the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface, and ultimately,
an increase in surface temperatures. There have been many studies illustrating coherent relationships
between surface solar radiation and temperature however, a direct link between aerosol emissions,
concentrations, and surface radiation has not been demonstrated to date. Here, we illustrate a coherence
between the trends of reducing anthropogenic aerosol emissions and concentrations, at the interface
between the North-East Atlantic and western-Europe, leading to a staggering increase in surface
solar radiation of the order of ∼20% over the last decade."
Clean air legislation really got going in the late 1970s.