Why is this happening?

DISCOVER THE THINKING BEHIND THE UK GOVERNMENT'S CURRENT POLICY FOR SUBSIDISING THE BURNING OF WOOD FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION WITH ITS FLAWED LOGIC AND SCIENCE

CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY

1.
MEET ENERGY TARGETS
THE UK GOVERNMENT HAS SIGNED UP TO MEET CO2 EMISSIONS TARGETS BY ENSURING THAT 15% OF ALL OUR ENERGY REQUIREMENTS ARE MET FROM 'RENEWABLE' ENERGY SOURCES BY 2020.

What's wrong with this?

On the face of it, it seems highly commendable, and this would be the case if all renewable energy sources were truly renewable. Wind; solar; and geothermal are all infinite and freely available. Woody biomass meets neither of these criteria, but dubious logic and science has twisted it to be classified as such.

In the rush to find a solution to meet the CO2‚ emissions targets, the UK government embraced woody biomass as a means, through flawed science and rationale, to ensure it meet its targets. Due to this faulty science and logic, forests and industries are under the threat of going up in smoke.

2.
FIND RENEWABLE SOURCES
WOODY BIOMASS HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS A RENEWABLE RESOURCE, AS TREES CAN BE REPLANTED, GROWN AND THEREFORE USED FOR FUTURE ENERGY USE.

What's wrong with this?

Using trees as a renewable energy resource is misguided thinking. Replanting them might work long-term, but it could take decades for replanting to restore the CO2 balance of felled mature trees and their released carbon. The current rate of felling for burning is creating a carbon deficit. It's a simple argument: burn a tree and you release its embedded carbon, plant a replacement tree and it will take decades for the amount of carbon released to be reabsorbed. How bizarre that at a time when we are being warned by Climate Scientists that we are perilously close to a point of no return in averting rises in temperature, that we choose at this critical time to release ever more carbon into the atmosphere through the burning of trees to generate electricity! At the current rate of burning for electricity production, balancing the carbon deficit will take several decades if not a century to recover - will it be too late by then for the world? When we use, reuse and reuse wood again by converting it into everyday household items, we ensure the carbon stays locked up for as long as possible, whereas burning wood releases this carbon instantaneously.

3.
SUBSIDISE BURNING WOOD
THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISES UK POWER STATIONS AND INCENTIVISES THEM TO BURN WOODY BIOMASS.

What's wrong with this?

Contrary to the evidence, the Government appears to have been influenced more by Energy Industry lobbying than the numerous independent reports that have proven that burning wood produces more CO2 emissions than burning coal or oil. This means that wood is not a 'green' energy source after all. Additionally, it's one of the most inefficient methods of extracting energy, and is needlessly destroying a precious resource

4.
PAYING FOR IT
THE GOVERNMENT ADDS A LEVY TO ALL HOUSEHOLD ENERGY BILLS TO PAY FOR THEIR INCENTIVE.

What's wrong with this?

Essentially it's a hidden tax that the majority of us are unaware we're paying for. Surely few, if any, would be happy contributing to the burning of wood, and the subsequent loss of forests and increase in atmospheric CO2.

THE CONSEQUENCES

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GLOBAL DEFORESTATION AND ECOSYSTEM DESTRUCTION
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CO2 EMISSIONS
FROM
POWER
STATIONS
LESS
FUNDING FOR ALTERNATIVE
GREEN ENERGY SOURCES
LESS
FOCUS ON
MAKING HOMES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICIES ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNNECESSARY LOSS OF GLOBAL FORESTS AND AN INCREASE IN POLLUTION. YOUR SUPPORT CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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