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February 27, 2018

DRAX – 729 million pound Subsidy to Burn Forests

Filed under: AGW is a Cult,DRAX,Mockery,Morons,wood,wood burning — sunshinehours1 @ 8:03 AM
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Drax is a coal power plant in the UK that has converted 3 out its 6 boilers to burn wood pellets.

Why is DRAX switching to wood pellets?

The EU has declared wood pellets to be green despite the fact wood pellets produce more CO2 than coal.

This is a bigger scam than diesel.

 

 Drax received subsidies worth £729m last year, all to be paid for by electricity users.

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/drax-biomass-subsidies-rise-to-729m-in-2017/#more-32520

 

 

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January 10, 2018

Biofuels = Centuries Long Increase in CO2

Filed under: Biofuels,biomass,CO2,Mockery,wood,wood burning — sunshinehours1 @ 12:46 PM
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This paper is a pdf.

Biofules, biomass , wood pellets et al are a disaster if you believe more CO2 will cause Global Warming.

Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions?
Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy
John D. Sterman1
Lori Siegel2
Juliette N. Rooney-Varga3

 

In sum, although bioenergy from wood can lower long-run CO2 concentrations compared to
fossil fuels, its first impact is an increase in CO2, worsening global warming over the critical
period through 2100 even if the wood offsets coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel.
Declaring that biofuels are carbon neutral as the EU and others have done, erroneously
assumes forest regrowth quickly and fully offsets the emissions from biofuel production and
combustion. The neutrality assumption is not valid because it ignores the transient, but
decades to centuries long, increase in CO2 caused by biofuels.

December 31, 2017

Burning Forests (to save coal)

Filed under: DRAX,Mockery,wood,wood burning — sunshinehours1 @ 8:30 AM
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A broken analog clock is right twice a day. So I’m quoting from the Guardian again.

A few quotes:

“In the middle of the 19th century, wood burning rose to such levels that western Europe was almost completely deforested. Ironically, the rise of coal burning saved the situation”

” carbon emissions will rise by 6% or possibly more if wood is allowed to continue to provide more and more of Europe’s energy output”

“Europe has increased its use of renewable energy sources to provide it with power, and about half of that rise has come from burning biomass. Unfortunately, says Beddington, if that increase continues Europe will soon need to burn an amount of wood greater than its total harvest and would have to seek sources from other continents. Either land for farming would be turned to biomass growing or precious natural habitats will be exploited, most probably the latter”

“In generating exactly the same amount of electricity, wood will release four times as much carbon into the atmosphere as gas would do, and one and half times as much as coal. In addition, energy is used in harvesting and transport while vast stretches of land are needed to create the forests to supply generating stations with the wood they need.”

December 15, 2017

Stop Burning Forests! Burn Natural Gas!

Filed under: Coal,DRAX,Mockery,natural gas — sunshinehours1 @ 8:44 AM
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“A power plant burning wood chips will typically emit one and a half times the carbon dioxide of a plant burning coal and at least three times the carbon dioxide emitted by a power plant burning natural gas.

Although regrowing trees absorb carbon, trees grow slowly, and for some years a regrowing forest absorbs less carbon than if the forest were left unharvested.

Eventually, the new forest grows faster and the carbon it absorbs, plus the reduction in fossil fuels, can pay back the “carbon debt”, but that takes decades to centuries, depending on the forest type and use. We conservatively estimate that using deliberately harvested wood instead of fossil fuels will release at least twice as much carbon dioxide to the air by 2050 per kilowatt hour. Doing so turns a potential reduction in emissions from solar or wind into a large increase.”

 

Even The Guardian gets it …

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/14/eu-must-not-burn-the-worlds-forests-for-renewable-energy

 

 

September 19, 2017

Snow Graphs From the Rutgers Snow Lab

Filed under: Mockery,Snowfall — sunshinehours1 @ 9:11 PM
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These graphs are NH only.

Its a pity Rutgers graphing script can’t spell Hemisphere.

But …

Fall up 1,500,000 sq km

Winter up 900,000 sq km

Spring down 3,000,000

https://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/index.php

 

June 10, 2017

USA NOAA May 2017 Tmax versus May of 1934

Filed under: Mockery,NOAA,USA — sunshinehours1 @ 7:31 AM
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Comparing May 1934 to May 2017 by Division and Rank where 123 it hottest and 1 is coldest.

Every dark brown are with 123 in it was a record high in 1934

2017

 

1934

June 9, 2017

USA NOAA May 2017 Tmax was 6F Colder than May of 1934

Filed under: Mockery,NOAA,USA — sunshinehours1 @ 8:45 AM
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According to the NOAA May 2017 Tmax was ranked 70th out of 123 May’s (123 = warmest , 1 = coldest) .

It was only .31F above the 1901-2000 average.

The top 2 were 1934 and 1936. 1934 was 6.29F above the mean.

 

March 7, 2017

The Climate Model Scam Explained

Filed under: AGW is a Cult,Mockery,Morons — sunshinehours1 @ 10:01 AM
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The climate model scam explained by Scott Adams.

January 24, 2017

Wood Burning in UK = Massive Air Pollution

Filed under: Mockery,Slaughtering Trees,UK,wood,wood burning — sunshinehours1 @ 8:08 AM
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Regular readers know I’ve been going on about the UK power plant DRAX switching from coal to wood pellets.

And I’ve mentioned the EU directives that encourage wood boilers to be installed in the UK instead of gas.

And I’ve mentioned the trees being felled to burn in Europe.

And the morons at my alma mater SFU.

 

Guess what … the air is filthy in the UK .

 

The current weather conditions, coupled with an “unusually high amount of domestic wood burning“, has led to the highest pollution alert being issued.”

Wood is a crappy high CO2 high particulate matter fuel. Combine that with diesel cars (which I’ve also mentioned) and the great killer fogs aren’t far away.

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December 20, 2016

DRAX – The Monumental Stupidity in Europe Continues

Filed under: DRAX,Mockery,wood,wood burning — sunshinehours1 @ 7:51 AM
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The evil EU morons are still encouraging DRAX to burn whole forests instead of coal. The farce continues:

Management at Drax received an early Christmas present yesterday when the European Commission announced that it had approved the company’s bid to convert a third coal-fired power plant unit to biomass.
The
UK’s largest coal-fired power producer had been anxiously awaiting the Commission’s state aid decision, as it attempts to re-position itself ahead of the country’s ultimate coal power phase out.
The Commission has opened an investigation into government support for the project in January and concluded that it was in line with the European Union’s environmental and energy targets.

 

Burning trees/forests/wood is filthier than coal and produces more CO2 than coal, especially when it is harvested in the USA and trucked to ports in the USA and shipped to ports in the UK and then trucked to DRAX.

 

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