CHRISTOPHER BOOKER:  

Is the political class’s obsession with global warming rotting their brains?

The Government earned plaudits from the green lobby yesterday for its new plan to crack down on the craze for wood-burning stoves.
As the Mail reported on its front page, the stoves chuck out lethal pollution, particularly from wet wood, and contribute to thousands of early deaths from lung and heart disease.
But hang on!... only recently, the Government and the greens told us burning wood to heat our homes was the best thing we could do for the environment... It will help us save the planet and meet CO2 reduction targets under the Climate Change Act.
But even this disgracefully wasteful affair is dwarfed by what has become one of the most controversial green energy schemes of all: the conversion of boilers at the giant Drax power station in Yorkshire from coal to wood pellets, costing us all £800 million a year in subsidies.
Even the most ardent green activist groups have protested that chopping down millions of acres of forest in America to fuel a system that ends up chucking out more CO2 is an absurd ecological disaster..
Given these horrific facts, why have governments in recent years made wood-burning such a core part of energy policy? For there is no doubt ministers have been desperate to encourage it. There is just one issue. Health problems apart, the whole thing is an economic disaster 
The bitter truth is that these fiascos caused by our obsession with wood-burning are just a part of a larger disaster that taints almost every green scheme governments have foisted on Britain in the quest to reduce carbon emissions (file photo)
It’s as if the political class’s obsession with global warming rots their brains — for which the rest of us have to pay a very heavy price.