In the following exchange Fife Labour Party CCS devotee, Lindsay Roy MP, asks Charles Hendry MP (Cons), Government Energy Minister, why the Longannet CCS Project isn’t working. Roy accuses the Government of laggardly behaviour.
Astonishingly, Hendry then goes on to explain that “a single project”, has recieved a BILLION Pounds (£1,000,000,000), and it will be working by 2020, or some other similar weasel worded phrase. More “test” projects will be funded later this year states Hendry, and Roy sits down looking rather baffled …..
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The fact is that the project is doomed to failure, not the least, because it is based on a false premiss, that “CO2 is dangerous, and must be sequestered.” Though the project was commissioned in 2009, we are no nearer to seeing it operating. Chief “scientist” at the project, Stuart Haszeldine, the “Iberdrola Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage” at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, appears to be struggling with the technology, despite the BILLION Pounds. Iberdrola are the owners of Longannet Power Station.
There is much more to this “Project” that meets the eye at first sight. Doesn’t Haszeldine have a conflict of interest here? Isn’t Haszeldine the adviser on CCS, to Anne Glover, Scotland’s “Chief Scientist” and wasn’t it Anne Glover, who advised the Scottish Climate Change Committee, to advise Alex Salmond to approve of this project, and even base Scotland’s future energy supplies on what is yet unproven science. Haszeldine will fix it though, all he needs is a “ten-fold increase in technology”, he is reported to have told colleagues.
This is an arena which require much more investigation, because who can prove that CO2 is dangerous to that extent, and what effect would capturing comparitively miniscule amounts from a single power station have in any case. That isn’t proved either. Yet at least a BILLION Pounds of taxpayers money would be frittered away.
Months later the Truth is revealed and Longannet CCS is left struggling. Watch as the so called “Chief Carbon Scientist” wriggles and squirms on TV as he tries to defend the indefensible. Figures appear to be pulled out of “thin air”. With some further background on the Longannet project, please see our posting at this website:
See also the further article on this website, which describes the demise of the CCS plant, and its final death throes. Yet Alex Salmond and his cohorts are determined to resurrect Longannet CCS, or transfer their so called World Beating Technology to another locus, either at Hunterston, or at Peterhead. Already the whole Hunterston Coal Fired Power Station Project seems doomed, due to draconian planning regulation, and rabid lobbying from so called enviromental groups, like FOE & WWF etc. The Peterhead CCS Project is still just a thought in the heads of the very few at SSE & Shell. Remember that this locus was previously mooted some five years ago by another consortium, who then cancelled the project, supposedly because of financial reasons, but more likely because of the legal ramifications of accusations, and threats of reports to the Procurators Fiscal.
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