Another article which follows on from an earlier reblog I posted on the 12th January:Video: The Dark Side of the Green Economy
Inappropriate biofuel and biomass development can exasperate the pollution, poverty and starvation we already suffer from. I cringe, every time I hear of a ‘ecohouse’ which has wood burners install as a ‘green’ answer to their space heating. It is not, especially on our already overcrowded and polluted Island. The CAT (Centre of Alternative Technology) has a lot to answer for, they have not really moved on since the 70s with regards to alternative technologies. Wood used to be the main source of energy on these Islands, but it was becoming scarce by the 1700s and the Islands nearly deforested. This changed with the onset of steam technology which allowed the exploitation of the ancient fossil fuel beneath our feet. As the Ecologist article mentions, using waste organic waste is a way forward. I have been pushing AD biogesters to turn organic waste to energy (Methane) which is happening all over the world. But is still in its infancy in the UK, just as wave and tidal technologies are. We should be looking at the Best Available Technology (BAT), instead of relying on 18th Century technologies which may be cheaper to build.
Frontline Online: Where should we be looking for waste we can turn to energy? – The Ecologist.