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Eco-Fail

The mantra amongst the warmist community is that if we don’t curb our carbon emissions drastically, the planet will warm severely and wreak all sorts of havoc. While the actual science doesn’t support that notion, the levers of power around the world are encouraged to heed the warmists’ warnings by curbing freedom and subsidizing things like the “green economy.” The London suburb community known as Muswell Hill took some initiative in that regard and built The Living Ark:

The LivingARK is a zero-carbon cabin designed to facilitate education on low carbon building technologies and raise awareness of climate change. It will be used to showcase sustainability not only to Muswell Hill Primary School pupils but to other local schools, community groups and residents. There are educational information boards both inside and outside the ARK which will explain the concept of a zero-carbon building and will also cover wider ranging topics such as sustainable transport, food-growing and an explanation of climate change.

Presumably, it’s called an Ark in reference to the massive flooding that’s supposed to happen thanks to Anthropogenic Global Warming. Ironically, its designed to prevent such a catastrophe from happening in the first place. Unfortunately, the designers forgot that England doesn’t get a whole lot of sun:

Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.

Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson – there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building.

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It boasts laudable green credentials and is made from sustainable wood, sheep’s wool and soil. The roof is made of mud and grass and it has its own ‘rain pod’ and solar panels.

But there is snag – its solar panels only provide enough energy to power a few lightbulbs.

As a result the classroom is bitterly cold and uninhabitable for lessons.

Oops. And at a cost of just over $40,000, and rather expensive “oops.”

Local councillors, at Labour run Haringey council, who were behind the initiative, opened it with great fanfare in December as a beacon of their climate change policy.

But today a local parent at the 419-pupil school said teachers weren’t allowing pupils into the classroom because it was too cold.

‘What is the point of a classroom that can’t be used when it’s a bit cold outside? My kids have been told it’s too cold for them to use as nobody can figure out how to heat it,’ said the parent, who did not want to be named.

‘This is just an expensive piece of hollowed out wood and no use to anyone. We are living in Britain, not the Caribbean.’

The ‘waste’ of money comes as councils across the country are facing a severe shortage of school places.

By 2018 they will need to find an additional 500,000 primary places due to a population surge.

Once again cold, hard reality smacks down attempts to wish a fantasy world into existence. Maybe they, and the rest of the warmist cult, should pay a little more attention to that science stuff that nanny-staters are always claiming to be so fond of.

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15 Responses to Eco-Fail

  • Of course, such contrivances are for the elite, not the proles. The proles are merely Soylent Green.

    • That solves the problem, as you can simply place the cooking fires near to the eco-homes.  The homes are kept warm, overall CO2 emissions are drastically reduced, and the smoke will keep the killer bees away.

  • “Energy density”.  Learn it.  Live it.  Love it.
    The moonpony “engineers” need a remedial course.  Gawd, I hate it when people ELECT stupid.

  • I guess when they built it that they believed the “warmer” winter scenario predicted by the Met Office

  • A little wire, a diesel generator, and a wheelbarrow full of 100 watt bulbs and they’ll be good to go.

  • As with most “green” projects funded by large amounts of tax dollars, it’s a net loss, while the pundits will brag about it until the dishonesty is revealed.  I previously cited the fake “green jobs” in Spain and the Evergreen Solar boondoggle.

  • “My kids have been told it’s too cold for them to use as nobody can figure out how to heat it”

    Space heaters?
    This is the nation that once ruled most of the world and started the industrial revolution? How sad.

    Just because, ‘Muswell Hillbilly’;
    http://www.kindakinks.net/discography/showsong.php?chord=269

    • It looks just a bit larger than the combustion chamber of a F-1 Rocket Engine (they used 5 on the bootom of the Saturn V moon rocket).

  • Leave it to National Geographic to figure out how Iran could save us all from AGW.

  • <i>Maybe they, and the rest of the warmist cult, should pay a little more attention to that science stuff that nanny-staters are always claiming to be so fond of.</i>

    Would be nice I guess, but unfortunatley how governments prevent this from happening.   

    • I’ve managed to make even less sense than normal.

      How governments work prevents attention from being paid to much of anything.

  • Classic example of the “feel good” wasting of resources over practical solutions.
     
    The only surprise was that it wasn’t our government who did it.