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Green madness: protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets

November 26, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




From Tallbloke:


‘European bioenergy plants do not have to produce evidence that their wood products have been sustainably sourced’ – Guardian reporter. Looks like an open invitation to unscrupulous operators to cheat for profit.

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.

Up to 65% of Europe’s renewable output currently comes from bioenergy, involving fuels such as wood pellets and chips, rather than wind and solar power.

Bioenergy fuel is supposed to be harvested from residue such as forest waste but, under current legislation, European bioenergy plants do not have to produce evidence that their wood products have been sustainably sourced.


Full story here.


Blimey!! I never saw that one coming.

  1. November 26, 2016 12:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  2. Horse permalink
    November 26, 2016 12:09 pm

    Why am I not surprised?

  3. November 26, 2016 12:18 pm

    The other side of the coin is the air pollution from biomass burning, not just the well known indoor variety, but increasingly outdoors as well, not something one hears much about on the BBC:

  4. Gerry, England permalink
    November 26, 2016 12:55 pm

    Well, Face – Palm! Who would have thought, eh? I have read before that in Germany people are scouring forests for firewood to use to offset their rising energy costs. It is then a small step to start felling trees as opposed to clearing fallen and dead wood. I use an open fire to supplement my CH and intend to get a stove next year to improve efficiency. And when the power cuts come at least I have a source of heat that needs no power.

  5. Broadlands permalink
    November 26, 2016 1:15 pm

    IPCC Working Group III says: “upscaling bioenergy production comes with risks for food security, water resources, biodiversity and livelihoods. The sooner emissions start declining, the less we’ll depend on risky negative-emission technologies in the future. There can be significant risks associated with large-scale mitigation measures.”

    Damn the torpedoes…. full speed ahead?

  6. November 26, 2016 1:24 pm

    Well who’d have thought it? The law of the unintended green blob, or “the greenblob never thinks”.

  7. Broadlands permalink
    November 26, 2016 1:45 pm

    And now in the US the “green” folks are upset.

    “In statement, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said it had received two recount petitions from the Jill Stein campaign and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente, a businessman who ran unsuccessfully to be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.”

    A green hand may refer to: a term for an inexperienced crew member of a 19th-century whaler on his first voyage who would typically have the smallest “lay”, or share, in the profits.

    An environmentally challenged sore loser!

  8. A C Osborn permalink
    November 26, 2016 2:41 pm

    Drax anyone?

    • Climate Otter permalink
      November 26, 2016 3:53 pm

      Wasn’t Drax also an environmental villain who wanted to poison most of the human population? *g*

      • Gerry, England permalink
        November 27, 2016 10:41 am

        Sir Hugo Drax in Moonraker?

      • Climate Otter permalink
        November 27, 2016 12:13 pm


    • November 27, 2016 1:22 pm

      Drax is the charming bunch who have been denuding the old river bottom forests along the Roanoke River to burn it in Germany. To Germany: “keep your sticky fingers off OUR forests!” Look at the devastation these green meanie tree-huggers bring.

  9. David Richardson permalink
    November 26, 2016 4:37 pm

    I said a couple of years ago, that hostilities were starting between different factions of environmentalists. The real ones as opposed to the Greens are waking up to utter environmental destruction being delivered on the back of the CO2 obsession.

    As others, have said this is only slightly worse than the Drax example where the trees are probably not of any great standard. Nevertheless, real environmentalists in the USA are rightly incensed about the logging and destruction. In Germany, ancient woodland has been felled to make way for turbines, powerlines and also to get at the coal underneath.
    You could not make it up – As they say “25 years ago, Greens were chaining themselves to trees, now they are burning them!!”

  10. markl permalink
    November 26, 2016 4:57 pm

    This will only get worse before it gets better. At some point the populace will learn what being “green” really means. Here’s a stark reminder of what happens when people must rely on their forests for all their energy:

  11. November 26, 2016 5:11 pm

    Which definition of ‘sustainable’ makes it applicable to wood burning?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 27, 2016 10:45 am

      I blame the trees – they don’t grow fast enough for us to burn them. Kind of how we ended up using coal instead. Evolution in reverse.

  12. mikewaite permalink
    November 26, 2016 5:25 pm

    Biomass on the scale that imperils forests may be a dreadful vision except in the eyes of Green fanatics , but at the moment its contribution of 2GW is keeping us in the UK from hypothermia .
    In the current freezing conditions, solar has now gone to bed and wind is contributing less than 0.5GW towards a demand creeping up towards 45GW . I dont think there is more to be had from nuclear and CCGT and there maybe only about 2 GW more from coal.
    1st question: Is there anyone in charge of what could be a nasty few days if the present conditions persist.
    2nd question : does anyone still believe in the wisdom of converting UK power generation to principally wind?
    3rd question : does anyone in Whitehall or Downing St give a d-mn?

  13. tom0mason permalink
    November 26, 2016 8:27 pm

    Of course they are fiddling the figures. It is inherent within the EU, no accountability, no check and balances, and failing even the most basic of audits.
    Every audit the EU has conducted they have failed
    The last one was so embarrassing they intentionally misinformed the media about it so that it would not sound too bad. EU budget fraud is getting worse.

    Reading through the densely printed two column 320 pages of the ECA report, one will be struck with this observation of the competent researcher: “Our estimated level of error for payments underlying the accounts is 3.8%”. Mind you, the Court checks a sample of accounts in every chapter of the budget and the results take a statistical form. It’s easy then to calculate that this 3.8% error margin, on a total budget spending of €145.2 gives a stunning amount of €5.51bn of payments, infested with errors. Obviously this is misspent money.

    Accounts in disorder

    Another Commission’s swindle of truth is found in its Press release. It says :“The Court found that, in particular in cohesion policy and agriculture, the overall estimated level of error for payments has further declined from 4.4% in 2014 to 3.8% in 2015”. This may lead the unsuspected reader to the conclusion that the 3.8% error margin may refer only to cohesion and agriculture expenses. The truth is that in Cohesion policy accounts the error margin in 2015 was much higher at 5.2% from 5.7% in 2014.

    Last but not least the Commission tells a flagrant lie. In its Press release an interesting passage says: “As the ECA points out itself, the “level or error” is not a measure of fraud, inefficiency or waste”. The truth is that, legally the ECA cannot tell if the error means fraud, inefficiency of waste. This is the exclusive duty of the Commission to find out, and only in certain cases is done adequately.

    Lying about what an error is

  14. November 27, 2016 3:43 pm

    There’s a story by C.S. Lewis, “That Hideous Strength” written over 50 years ago which prophetically outlines this sort of madness. It was written after his conversion to Catholicism, so has a strong Parable connection, but the moral and ethical dilemmas are well described.

  15. Shooter permalink
    November 29, 2016 12:29 am

    The EU’s efforts to cut down CO2 and stop global warming is to engage in deforestation, with the chopped down trees emitting CO2, to be burned as ‘clean’ wood – which still emits CO2.

    It was unspeakably evil when loggers did it to pristine forests centuries ago, but in the name of global warming it’s not only acceptable, but a moral good.

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