By Paul Homewood
Interesting news from the Mail:
Controversial subsidies for burning wood in power stations could be scrapped in the drive to clean up Britain’s air.
Firms that burn wood pellets currently receive about £1billion a year because, unlike coal, these are considered renewable sources of energy.
But critics say burning wood produces similar amounts of carbon dioxide to coal, contributing to air pollution.
It also increases the logging of forests in the US, while shipping them to Britain in vast quantities has a further negative effect on the environment.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove yesterday revealed subsidies for burning wood could be scrapped as he unveiled the Government’s clean air strategy.
The U-turn comes after years of state support for ‘biomass’ such as wood pellets, in schemes pioneered by disgraced former Liberal Democrat energy secretary Chris Huhne.
He was hired by US firm Zilkha Biomass, which makes wood pellets…
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