Drax subsidy should be spent on insulation and solar panels say Green Party Baroness

Green Party Baroness, Jenny Jones, has called for the billions of
pounds currently being used to subsidise Drax Power Station to be used
for insulating homes and putting up solar panels. A BBC investigation
(Panorama 3/10/2022) has exposed the truth behind National Power’s
claims that it uses sawdust and  waste wood to fuel its giant,
electricity producing incinerator. Whole trees are being felled and
transported from as far away as Canada to burn in the UK. Much of this
is Drax logging precious ancient forest in British Columbia as well as
South East USA.

Baroness Jones said: “Drax is burning ancient forests from North
America and well established woodlands in the UK. It is a pollution
menace to local people, as well as the planet. Burning wood is not a
sustainable strategy and the government would get far more benefit
from using this subsidy to insulate homes and businesses, so that we
can cut down on the long term energy bills.”

“This is not a green energy scandal, it is a business scam. Far more
jobs would be generated if this money were invested in insulation and
solar panel installations.”

Fellow Green Party peer, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, said:

“This pollution and environmental vandalism wouldn’t be happening
without a government subsidy of six billion pounds and counting.
Burning wood for electricity emits more carbon than fossil fuels, and
we must add on the huge carbon costs of harvesting the wood, turning
it into pellets and transporting it across the world. None of this
makes sense as a way of dealing with the climate emergency.”

Emergency Motion: government’s attack on nature

Please sign (if you’re a Green Party member) my emergency motion to this weekends national conference. Thius motion supports the RSPB campaign against the government’s attack on nature. Let’s stop the Investment Zones and Freeports from wrecking what biodiversity we have left. Follow this link https://spaces.greenparty.org.uk/content/perma?id=110945 and click ‘like’

“The government’s guidance on Investment Zones in England issued on
24th September has the stated aims of “liberalising planning laws”, so
that “the planning system will not stand in the way of investment and
development”. These constitute a huge threat to wildlife and
eco-systems especially when combined with so called Freeports that
cover significant areas of natural beauty including Dartmoor, the New
Forest and the whole of the Isle of Wight and the North York Moors.


For the sake of local democracy and nature we urge councillors of all
parties to resist the imposition of unfettered capitalism on local
areas and to join with the RSPB and other conservation groups in their
urgent campaign against the Government’s attack on nature and to promote an alternative approach based uponpartnership and democratic controls.”

For reference, here are links to the Government guidance, a report on Freeports and newspaper article about the RSPB (with other NGOs) opposition campaign.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investment-zones-in-england/investment-zones-in-england

https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/business/economy/freeports-too-free-and-not-ports/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/27/green-charities-urge-millions-of-members-to-oppose-tories-attack-on-nature?CMP=share_btn_tw


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Investment Zones in England

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investment-zones-in-england/investment-zones-in-england

Please support our motions to conference

If you are a Green Party member you could help us by supporting these motions to conference on a new Clean Air Act (motion 69); Sewage (57) and restraints on Robotic Weapons (39). This has to be done by tomorrow, Friday 29th July.

You can go to this link and select which motions would want to support by filling out a simple form

The new Clean Air Act

“The Green Party supports the creation of a new Clean Air Act that

·        recognises Clean air as a human right

·        deals with indoor as well as outdoor air pollution

·        takes a zero emissions approach that deals with both air pollution and the climate crisis

·        gives Metro Mayors and local authorities the powers to go with their responsibilities

·       sets standards according to latest advice from the World Health Organisation

·       establishes a Citizens’ Commission for Clean Air (CCCA) which would review annually the Secretary of State’s compliance with the act and support victims take forward any legal actions.”

Energy Bill payback due from renewables

Renewables are due to start paying back money to consumers this month, as the cost of producing energy from wind and solar drops well below the cost of energy bills. The figures on how much is cut from bills will be announced every quarter, with a small change growing into a more significant sum as the price cap rises in October and the new year.

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No Pollution Plan as heat creates Code Red alert for Eastern England

UK AIR (run by DEFRA) issued a Code Red for air pollution last night covering the East Midlands and Eastern region of England. This is for ozone, which is triggered by a chemical reaction in the air due to the heat,. Atmospheric conditions then trap the polluted air in a heat dome, stopping it from escaping upwards. DEFRA stopped issuing press releases for air pollution alerts in 2011, when the issue hit several front pages.

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Cross Party support as Clean Air Bill has 2nd reading

A Bill calling for Clean Air as a human right has attracted cross party support ahead of its Second Reading on Friday morning (10am, 8 July 2022) in the Lords. The legislation is being called Ella’s law in the hope that it will stop others suffering a similar fate to Ella Roberta Adoo Kissi-Debrah, who died of air pollution when 9 years old and was the first person to have air pollution put as an official cause of death.

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Recycling down – blame Covid

Why are the government hiding the fact that English local authorities now burn far more of your household waste than they recycle? A few weeks ago the government put out pages of statistics on the decline of recycling in 2020 and blamed Covid. Some journalists printed it, most ignored it, none looked at how it fitted a long term trend of recycling flat lining because incineration has increased.

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