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10-21-2015 08:34 PM  26 months agoPost 1
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http://qz.com/528491/the-eu-is-emit...s-than-it-says/

But they rate very high in sanctimony, so at least there is that.
One of the planet’s exemplars in preventing climate change, the European Union has instituted tough emissions rules and strong support for renewable energy. Yet this doesn’t necessarily mean more solar panels or wind turbines dotting Europe’s skyline. Nope, the EU’s biggest source of renewable energy is old-school: burning wood.

There’s just one problem with this. Torching wood has the potential to warm the atmosphere faster than burning coal does.

So why does Europe get nearly half of its renewable energy that way? As Climate Central argues in this three-part piece, a legal loophole in the EU’s climate rules means it turns a blind eye to tens of millions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that it pumps into the atmosphere each year. Worse, this policy means European governments issue hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to encourage power plants to burn even more wood.

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10-22-2015 01:59 AM  26 months agoPost 2
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Interesting that the core of the argument in the paper is that it will take 55 years for forest regrowth to offset the carbon output of burning wood.

Ok sure, but it will take something like 100 million years for new coal formation to offset the carbon emissions from burning coal.

(disclaimer: I burn wood for heat)

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10-22-2015 04:27 AM  26 months agoPost 3
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One issue facing the EU is the fact that liberals are fast on the draw with "no".

Here's a case in the UK where a business wanted to erect two wind turbines, but the local council turned them down.
Factory’s bid for two wind turbines thrown out by council

A Workington factory has been told it cannot put up two wind turbines.

Iggesund Paperboard wanted to erect the turbines, up to 360ft high, at its Siddick plant.

One would have been next to part of the factory, with the other in its willow plantation.

After local opposition, Allerdale council’s development panel threw out the plans.

Councillor Celia Tibble addressed the panel on behalf of the parish council, and residents of Siddick and Northside. She said she had been told by the firm that the turbines were planned for shareholder profit rather than to support jobs at the factory.

She said: “Everyone in Seaton is against this, even some of the people who are employed at the factory.

https://www.wind-watch.org/news/201...out-by-council/
Keep on burning that wood.

90% of life is "showing up"

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10-22-2015 05:55 AM  26 months agoPost 4
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10-22-2015 09:43 AM  26 months agoPost 5
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We fart a lot over here

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10-22-2015 07:47 PM  26 months agoPost 6
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10-22-2015 09:35 PM  26 months agoPost 7
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Tree's take in more CO2 growing than they put out when burning, therefore the EU says its ok to burn wood. As they are in effect carbon neutral. Still all a load of old bollocXs though, one good volcano and all their figures go down the toilet.

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10-23-2015 11:27 AM  26 months agoPost 8
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The volcano thing is a fallacy that been debunked many many times. But yet people keep spreading it without verifying...

Human emmisions are over 100x the combined total of all volcanic activity in any given year.
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hazards/gas/climate.php

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