Green zealots are threatening real conservation – Do you stand out for that?


By Paul Homewood

The obsession with climate change is now actively harming the environment
Environmentalists increasingly find themselves at odds with conservationists. Last week, the head of National Grid said the planning process would need to change because net zero would require the construction of many new columns across the country. People in East Anglia are protesting the 110 miles of pylons that create rural landscapes and ancient woodlands to connect North Sea wind farms to the electricity grid.
“We had to destroy the village to save it,” said an American general who was probably a fake in Vietnam. It is clear that we are destroying the planet to save it from climate change. Many policies are being pursued to serve the decarbonization process which is not only economically damaging but also ecologically harmful.
Wind farms kill hundreds of birds each year; So do cats, but these are rare species like the golden eagle on land and the red-necked divers at sea. They also killed thousands of bats. If you or I kill an eagle or a bat, we go to jail. They damage the landscape and require large quantities of steel, concrete and rare earth metals, mining being a source of pollution.
Then there is the burning of wood at the Drax power station in Yorkshire to generate electricity. Not only does wood produce more emissions than coal per unit of energy, it also reverses a centuries-old trend of not stealing beetle and woodpecker lunches for energy needs. our energy (nothing eats coal or gas). Most of Drax’s wood is imported from North Carolina because we don’t grow enough timber in the UK. There, locals are horrified by the devastation to their forests. However, it is subsidized by you.
Across Wales, Scotland and the biodiversity-rich hills of northern England are disappearing under sterile monoecious ecoregions of exotic Sitka spruce thanks to government incentives to plant more trees to absorb water. absorb carbon dioxide. Not only do grasslands and moorlands absorb nearly as much CO2, and sometimes better, they also hold floodwaters and support rare birds like curls.
In the south, more and more fields are covered in useless solar “farms,” generating trickle electricity when it is least needed – mainly on June afternoons. Sheep graze on the grass growing below them, say their fans. Well, grass needs sunlight: solar panels reduce soil productivity by about 90%. They also transfer food crops to other lands elsewhere with the value of the natural habitat.
Biofuels, grown instead of food, put pressure on food prices and the amount of land we need to grow food, while saving little or no emissions. In my local river, a new hydroelectric plant generates a small amount of electricity but threatens salmon migration. The refusal to incinerate has resulted in the waste being either flown in the countryside, or shipped to Asia for “recycling”, where it ends up in rivers or the sea. And let’s not forget the diesel scandal, urban air pollution is exacerbated as a direct result of the policy of reducing CO2 emissions by subsidizing diesel cars.
The money saved for a red squirrel, a white crayfish or a rice bran is insignificant; It all happens during decarbonisation. I once asked an ecological consultant why Natural England did not seem interested in improving plant biodiversity on wasteland. “You don’t understand,” she replied: “The carbon footprint is the only thing that counts for now.”
Climate change has become a convenient excuse to do nothing about real conservation.
Where is the environmentalists’ outrage over the lucrative crony capitalists in the renewables industry taking over the planet? Silent. Conservation can really hang, as long as we are seen to fight climate change.


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