The CCS Smokescreen and How to Avoid Supporting It

Here’s a good greenwash starter for 10.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take a fossil fuel and burn it without releasing any of that nasty CO2 into the atmosphere? Even better, what if that fossil fuel was one we still have a lot of in the UK? And better still, what if we could encourage a few environmental NGOs to support the idea, even when many scientists and some senior members of big energy companies don’t think it will be commercially ready on time?

Welcome to the dreamworld of carbon capture and storage (or CCS for short). Only it’s not a dream, it’s very real, and the Scottish Government is pinning our energy future on it.

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The Problem with Climate Change

When it comes to climate change I don’t pull my punches so I thought I’d start as I mean to go on. Whilst some of these articles will hopefully dispel the myths around ‘eco-friendly’ products, I’ll also be discussing bigger problems that we all contribute to, knowingly or otherwise. These will be sprinkled with greenwash pet-hates such as carbon capture and storage, the media’s coverage of climate change and other scientific matters, and the lack of real progress to improve the energy efficiency of housing. I’d really appreciate hearing from you if you think there’s an interesting case of greenwash that I’m missing, particularly a local one. If so please get in touch by e-mail.

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