What a clever idea this is:
Ministers have been urged to consider banning the import of woodchip made from ash as part of measures to prevent the spread of ash dieback disease.
Given that the disease is now endemic not really going to achieve much. Except of course accelerating the day when the lights go out. For we’re converting several coal fired stations (inc. Drax, the largest of them all) to burning woodchips.
Which will need to be imported as the nation just doesn’t have enough wood to cover the needs. And if we ban woodchip imports (and no fair saying it’s “only ash”. Here’s a 300,000 tonne boat. Now sir, you promise and hope to die that there’s no ash anywhere in your 300,000 tonnes?) then we can’t generate the ‘leccie any more.
But Barry Gardiner, a Labour MP and member of the environment select committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today there should be further action to stop woodchip used as “biomass” fuel being brought in.
He said: “It seems to me that the Government, in addition to banning seedlings, which are a clear factor of transmission of this disease, should also be considering banning not all biomass but the ash woodchip that contains twigs and leaves.”
And don’t think that the little fucker doesn’t know that.