Skip to content

Good Drax/ Bad Drax

August 18, 2017

By Paul Homewood



Just a bit of fun, but I took this photo of Drax a couple of months ago, while out on my bike:





Guess which half is emitting nasty CO2 from coal, and which half is nice CO2 from trees?

Either way, we needed all the power Drax could produce because the wind was not blowing!





Later that afternoon, I cycled through the climate ravaged countryside:



Somehow I made it back to civilisation, through floods, droughts, storms, rising sea levels and everything else Mann Made Warming could throw at me!

  1. David Smith permalink
    August 18, 2017 9:40 pm

    Just love your down to earth sensibility in this mad media driven world !

  2. Jackington permalink
    August 18, 2017 9:55 pm

    Your biggest danger was being knocked off your bike by trucks loaded with wood pellets.

  3. August 18, 2017 10:38 pm

    I would say you are lucky to be alive to write about your fraught experiences.

  4. Ross King permalink
    August 18, 2017 10:53 pm

    “Mann-made Warming” … love it!
    Led me to a trip thro’ the OED, and what we can conflate are the following epithets….
    Mannage, Mannagement, MisMannagement
    Manndate, Manndator
    Manndrake (“Mandrake = Poisonous plant with emetic & narcotic properties, with root thought to resemble human form and to shriek when plucked.)
    Manndrill (Mandrill = large, hideous and ferocious baboon)
    Manngel (Mangel = large kind of beet used as cattle-food)
    Mannic (no further explanation needed!!!)

    Interesting what an added ‘n’ can produce for the cartoonist!

    • August 19, 2017 12:13 am

      Love all the Manns, but Mannure takes the biscuit !

    • catweazle666 permalink
      August 19, 2017 4:16 pm

      And don’t forget, the “climate scientists” Mannipulate the data using AlGoreithms…

      • Ross King permalink
        August 19, 2017 4:41 pm

        Good one, Catwzl!!

  5. Broadlands permalink
    August 18, 2017 11:24 pm

    A minor correction? “Guess which half is emitting nasty CO2 from coal, and which half is nice CO2 from trees?”

    I’m sure you didn’t mean CO2 “from” trees…Perhaps “captured” from the atmosphere BY trees?

    • Nigel S permalink
      August 19, 2017 5:48 am

      Free the CO two!

    • Tim permalink
      August 19, 2017 6:01 am

      Definitely FROM trees (wood pellets imported from the US footprint not declared on entry).

      • tom0mason permalink
        August 19, 2017 9:24 am

        The incredible journey —

    • August 19, 2017 10:15 am

      It CO2 from burning wood pellets

  6. nzrobin permalink
    August 18, 2017 11:51 pm

    Nothing quite like a bike ride on a nice day to lift the spirits.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      August 19, 2017 7:05 am

      Or a nice warm soup and baguette after trip out on a cold day.

  7. Ross King permalink
    August 19, 2017 12:26 am

    Ajax has commented: “Love all the Manns, but Mannure takes the biscuit !”
    I venture to add the conflation between Man(?)ure and Piggeries , all at the Public Trough really hits the ball outta da park!

  8. August 19, 2017 2:20 am

    You deserve a medal for braving the ravaged world.

  9. Nigel S permalink
    August 19, 2017 5:35 am

    I trust you no longer glow in the dark. Not sure which is more radioactive, coal or wood ash.

  10. August 19, 2017 5:49 am

    You are lucky to be able to cycle through such a flat landscape. My cycling is all up hill and down dale but only takes me past wind farms. The big wind farm that I cycle through is rarely working, even though it sits on the top of the highest ridge around and is visible from both Exmoor and Dartmoor. At the public inquiry I told the Inspector that, based on a variety of evidence, it would have a capacity factor of about 20%, but he (as expected) preferred to believe the developer’s much higher figure. To date it has achieved 20.03%.

    It is also noteworthy that the wind farm has been operating unlawfully since last November, as it has not met the imposed noise condition. Needless to say, the local authority has not yet done anything about it (like shut it down).

    • Ross King permalink
      August 20, 2017 4:25 pm

      Phillip …. I always enjoy yr contributions.
      Just a thought ….. I am an expat Brit living in B.C., so am not well..versed in the debate to the extent I wd be were I back! Is there not a Representative Anti..Wind Turbines Group (Hmmmm….. RAWTUG.?) which cd usefully take select battles to Court and get some precedentary decisions? I,d look for widespread mem,ship in the obvious places for starters, and actively seek to build ‘clout’ ….. hopefully as a rolling snowball.
      Are there cross..Channel groups who cd help and synergize with?
      It be fun to brainstorm all the potentially interested stakeholders …. they may not be limited to those directly blighted!
      Even from here, I,d a tenner!

  11. tom0mason permalink
    August 19, 2017 6:26 am

    We need to ban all particulates from the air!
    People must be kept perfectly safe, all dangers must be eradicated now.
    The government must act or they condemn so many sheeple to choking to death.

    And here is another particulate story that the UK government foolishly let over our borders to asphyxiate the UK with desert dust from Moslem counties sent here by those fiendish terrorists

    Make about as much sense as a BBC environment report!

  12. EDWARD ROOTH permalink
    August 19, 2017 9:48 am

    I hope you did a risk assessment before setting out…..

  13. Malcolm Bell permalink
    August 19, 2017 10:00 am

    Now now Paul, that is cheating as I am sure you know. Both the chimneys are burning apparently clear – no smoke, just good old CO2 to feed the plants. The big white cloud over one set of cooling towers is water vapour (a powerful greenhouse gas if course) not CO2.
    You are doing what the BBC does and pretending the condensate is a measure of the emissions. Naughty boy.

  14. Steve Borodin permalink
    August 19, 2017 10:11 am

    Thanks Paul, I needed something to smile about. Why is the world run by morons? Tell me again. I forgot.

  15. keith permalink
    August 19, 2017 11:10 am

    Yep, drove through France on A26 the other day, there are now hundreds of the b***** windmills along that route and hardly any of them were turning. Bet they were pleased to have nuclear that day.

  16. August 19, 2017 11:36 am

    If you look carefully you can see all the millions of pounds of subsidy evaporating from the ‘nice’ CO2 version.

  17. August 19, 2017 12:50 pm

    Latest Govt. report shows biomass burning is almost as polluting as traffic

    And the report concedes they’re underestimating the problem as they are using out of date domestic wood consumption figures.

    Click to access 1708081027_170807_AQEG_Biomass_report.pdf

    Report findings in brief:

    PM10s (coarse particulates) – biomass accounts for 17% (2012), up from only 5% (1990). Road transport accounts for 20% (2012)

    PM2.5 (fine particulates) – figures less certain due to insufficient and out of date figures used but the report estimates biomass accounts for 14% (2012) of all UK PM2.5 emissions compared to 21% (2012) from road. The report concedes the biomass emissions could be significantly higher if 2012 domestic wood consumption figure had been used (31,000 tonnes) instead of old figure (10,000 tonnes).

    In urban areas in winter, biomass could account for more harmful PM2.5 emissions than traffic.

    The percentage of carcinogenic benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) emissions attributed to biomass grew from 2% in 1990 to over 50% in 2012, as emissions from other sources fell.
    Since there are virtually no BaP emissions from burning natural gas, switching from gas to wood burning for domestic heating will lead “to a large increase” in BaP emissions, the report concludes.

    Dioxins from biomass emissions have grown in the same way too, rising from 6% to 33%.

    • August 19, 2017 5:33 pm

      And Drax didn’t fully convert to biomass until 2012-2016. Those particulate figures must be way higher now.

      It also notes that “the UK is legally committed to meeting 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020”

      True but report doesn’t note that since at the end of 2016 we were only about 9.6% “renewables” (bio + hydro/solar/geo), getting to 15% in 3 more years means a further ~55% increase. Not going to happen.

  18. Terbreugghen permalink
    August 19, 2017 2:02 pm

    “Mann made warming”

    BRILLIANT! I’m stealing.

  19. Athelstan permalink
    August 19, 2017 5:34 pm

    I like your photo’s Paul, well………………. I love the one of Drax – I like power stations they energize me.
    The picture of the tree lined road is a good un too, it’s that middle one which is greatly spoiled – talk about blots on the landscape, ugly useless boondoggles and monumental signposts highlighting the greatest ‘Mann’ made folly.

    And the saddest reflection [on the whirlygigs] that’s our money not blowing and blowing away – in the wind.

  20. August 19, 2017 7:19 pm

    Good one Paul.
    When I see a windmill,Isee a Hammer and Sickle.The comrades have won,and they laugh at you.

  21. Jongo permalink
    August 20, 2017 3:47 am

    the photo shows only steam arising from the cooling towers, perfectly clean. Your photo shows that one of the stations is working flat out out whilst the other is offline – no visible emissions from cooling towers.

    This is a frustratingly common error throughout the media world: to show steam from cooling towers as being CO2 or smoke emissions. Sad to see you falling for it Paul. Any CO2 and/or smoke emissions come from the solitary tall chimney; they are rarely visible because they are cleaned and filtered before discharge.

  22. Jongo permalink
    August 20, 2017 4:23 am

    OOPS!! Malcolm Bell beat me to it yesterday.

  23. Ross King permalink
    August 20, 2017 4:09 pm

    I refer to the photo of the idyllic, tree..lined lane set in pastural beauty. Enjoy it while ye may.
    When we rely on Renewables for Primary Production, the countryside will be converted from Agriculture to Electriculture,, across mountains, dales, moors and valleys. Densely packed Wind..Turbine Forests and vast Solar Ranches will be higgle..piggle with collection cables, switch..yards and transformers, plug..ugly Battery..Storage Barns, and the whole lot criss..crossed by maintenance roads and telemetry and cable easements.
    Country lanes with their associated walls and fences and lines of trees will be widened and straightened to an industry.. standard, coiled razor..wire fenced 20′ +/- to allow fire..trucks to pass construction cranes, heavy equipment on transporters and heavy trucks …. and dumpsters for all the redundant packing materiel and wind..towers and solar..panels being recycled at the ends of their useful lives (life cycle 15 years??).
    To say nothing of the Wreckers’ Yards for recycling into dumpsters for component recyclables such as copper, steel, rare..esrth metals, silver, gear..oils, plastic?
    In this Electriculture environment, nary a farmer will be seen ….. let alone a peasant , pheasant, flock of sheep or herd of cows. The sights, sounds and smells of the countryside will comprise the continual roar of demolition and reconstruction activity as the old is replaced by the new; non..stop beeping of reversing vuehicles; the stench of belching diesel fumes; the endless fiddling with disconnecting and reconnecting and replacing tired cabling; maintenance traffic, the continual traffic to and from the Battery Storage Barns replacing batteries.
    In conclusion, look back to the distant shot of Drax Power Station, set distantly in a rural landscape, and compare it with the Generating Ranch consequent on the conversion to Electriculture. Add the reliability and low..cost of conventionally generated electricity in major isolated Power Stations and the choice is obvious isn,t it? Drax plus exquisite countryside any day!
    That idyllic photo will be one to hang on the wall to remind future henerations how bloody stupid their ancestors were in allowing their moronic leaders to wreck not only the countryside, but wreck a once reliable systey *and* force..up electricity bills many times over.
    And all they had to do was invest in fleets of offshore Floating Nuclear Power Stations (FLONUPS) which I have unsuccessfully been trying to advance since just after Fukushima disaster (which never would have happened had they used FLONUPS). Further information on request.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: