Netherlands annually spends 7.5 billion euros of hidden subsidies for production and use of fossil energy

GroenLinks (in English: GreenLeft), a Dutch politic party,  has recently opened a hot-line for taxpayers. Research shows that the Netherlands annually spends 7.5 billion euros of hidden subsidies for production and use of fossil energy.
GroenLinks MP Liesbeth van Tongeren: “The next few years we have significantly cut the public finances back to health. Therefore, we must also look critically at the many billions of tax money we pay each year in the fossil pit. Besides your own energy bill you pay on average, an additional eight hundred euros to sustain our current dirty energy. This can and must change. ”
What are these hidden subsidies? We have a couple put together a list:
exemption from excise duty on kerosene for aviation
reduced energy tax rate for large users of energy
exemption from tax on coal energy producers
Van Tongeren: “Coal-fired plants running on subsidies. That is completly madness. When I go to the store for a bag of coal I have to pay taxes. Operators of historical steam train services and large industrial companies have to do the same. But energy producers which are using shiploads of coal in a central, do not have to pay tax on coal. ”
The Dutch website http://fossielschandaal.groenlinks.nl/ allows taxpayers to report fossil scandals. An independent jury will nominate their own initiative and from the entries each week three examples. All contributions are bundled in a gray book. GroenLinks will fight in Parliament for the worst as the first to abolish

Restoring GreenSite

Dear visitor,

Last April (2010) we lost our complete website. Backups couldn’t be found, so it  looked like that all material was gone forever. I didn’t had the time to restart all over again, so I didn’t payed any attention to this site. Today (October 22th, 2010) I found an export I made in April. That export contains all the articles of GreenSite.

As you can see I’ve restored the articles and I have the plan to continue with this site. There are still some issues to solve, which I hope to do the coming days. Before the end of the year I hope that I’m up and running again.

Search ecofriendly and save the rainforest

Today I received an email from a fellow villager. He told me about Ecosia, an environmentally friendly search engine. I was really suprised that something like that exists.
Ecosia is powered by Yahoo and Bing and the WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature). All the servers of Ecosia are using “green” electricity and the most beatifull thing is that 80% of the advertising revenue is for the rainforest protection program run by the WWF.
Visit the site, watch their video and start using Ecosia today.

Polution in our environment

This video I found on YouTube. It’s just saying what I think. We are responsible for the polution, so we have to solve it.

Earth Hour 2010 Saterday March 27th.


Coming Saterday it’s time to turn off your light for one hour. That day hundred millions of people and companies will turn off their light for one hour to support the planet.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. More then 2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off to make their stand against climate change.
Today more people and businesses in more the 90 countries will join. Will you join us too?

Wind Power Is On The Rise, Despite The Controversy

They’re controversial in Cape Cod, a welcoming sight in Seattle, and growing in number across the Unites States. New wind farms are being built almost daily. Opponents argue that the pure size of wind turbines (about 250 feet tall) result in an ugly skyline and a dangerous flight path for birds. Supporters note the environmental benefits of wind power — clean, emission-free and renewable.

Manufacturing companies, like Siemens, are admittedly enjoying the boom. So are the various ports that now receive wind shipments routinely. Farmers, whose land wind companies rent, say it is a bumper crop amidst agricultural uncertainties.

Labels: wind farm environment farmers skyline emission free

CCS is unproven, risky and expensive

Did you ever hear of Barendrecht? It’s a small town in the Netherlands. Besides that, the citizens believe that they will live soon in the biggest test laboratory of the world.
The federal goverment and Shell wants to store CO2 as a test under an area where 7600 families are living.
The citizens and the local goverment don’t like to be a test area. They are affraid for little earthquakes and that the CO2 will leak. And ofcourse they are affraid that the housprices are going down.
But there are more reasons against CCS. This is what Greenpeace says about CCS:

CCS not ready in time

Climate experts say the worst impacts of climate change can be averted by levelling off global warming pollution by 2015 and turning down the burner after that. But the earliest that CCS will be ready is 2030.

CCS wastes energy and resources

Capturing and storing carbon dioxide would be a major energy consumer, gobbling up anything from 10 to 40% of a power plant’s electricity output.

Demands for cooling water also increase dramatically. Power stations with capture technology could require 90% more freshwater than those without. CCS is expected to erase gains in power plant energy efficiency made over the past 50 years, and increase resource consumption by one-third.

Storing carbon underground is risky

It is uncertain whether there is sufficient suitable space underground to bury enough carbon to have any meaningful climate impact.

Humanity has no experience of safely storing anything forever. But locking up carbon dioxide underground in perpetuity is exactly what would need to be accomplished with CCS. A leakage rate of just 1% could potentially undermine any climate benefit.

CCS could well mean electricity price rises of between 21 and 91%.
Clean energy sources, such as wind power, provide electricity much more cheaply than coal-fired plants fitted with CCS will ever be able to. The funding to get CCS off the ground – including substantial sums of taxpayer’s money – comes at the expense of real solutions
In the US, for example, the Department of Energy has asked for the CCS programme budget to be raised to US $623.6 million.

CCS and liability: risky business

Large-scale CCS applications pose significant and new liability risks, including negative impacts on human health, damage to ecosystems, groundwater contamination such as the pollution of drinking water and increased greenhouse gas emissions from leakage.

So CCS looks like an enviromental friendly solution, but is it true?

Read the full article of Greenpeace here.

Google's Power Meter to give better insight into electricity use

Google plans to leverage their giant data compiling capabilities in order to offer consumers the ability to gain a meaningful understanding about how they use electricity. A project of Google.org, the mega-corporation’s philanthropic arm, Google’s Power Meter is a software interface that can collect, store, and analyze information from smart devices like next-gen appliances, power meters, and in-home sensors. Google can take the collected data and present users with easily digested information like histographs, pie-charts, and trending information that could help consumers make more energy efficient lifestyle choices.

Google partnered with Energy Inc, maker of The Energy Detective and a front-runner in the market of commercially available smart meters. Using the project management axiom “what’s measured is managed,” The Energy Detective (T.E.D.) shows consumers their real-time electricity usage — displayed in both kilowatts and dollars — to inspire a greater level of awareness about power consumption. When paired with Google’s Power Meter software, consumers are able to turn this information into helpful tips and even benchmark their energy efficiency against similar homes in their area.

Learn more about the Google Power Meter at google.org.

Tata unveils plans to cut emissions by a quarter

The Tata Steel Group is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions by 10 per cent by 2012 and 25 per cent by 2020, according to the company’s managing director.
HM Nerurkar told the Reuters news agency that the company had set itself a target of cutting carbon emissions from two tonnes per tonne of steel to 1.8 tonnes by 2012 and 1.5 tonnes in about eight years.

Speaking to reporters at an industry conference in Kolkata, Nerurkar said that the firm’s carbon emissions were already below the global industry average of about 2.2 tonnes per tonne of steel, but he insisted that Tata remained committed to delivering deep cuts in emissions.

He added that relatively simple energy efficiency measures would allow the firm to cut emissions to about 1.7 tonnes per tonne of steel, but admitted that the deeper cuts that are planned would prove more challenging.

Source: BusinessGreen

Climate conference in Copenhagen is started

Today the climate conference in Copenhagen is started. 15000 people are traveling to the capital city of Denmark from 190 countries. How many CO2 emission will that cause? Has anyone calculated that? I hope that everyone is aware of that fact. If they are succesful in Copenhagen then there is no issue. But if there are no results that helps our planet, then it was a waste of time, money and clean air.
Check for more info the official site.