Well yes; some of us have been saying this ever since the UK biomass thing really got going (click 'Drax' thread below). The science is easy, the conclusion a no-brainer. Then again, no-brain is exactly how the 'green' debate proceeds, as a glance at many of the CiF comments BTL under that story will confirm. At the same time, there are even more anti biomass comments there too - which wouldn't have been the case even a couple of years ago. 2017 probably marks the year the biomass issue turned around in public discourse.
This whole thing exemplifies neatly a phenomenon one can often identify. Something, somehow, becomes 'received wisdom' - in this case, that burning trees for electricity is carbon-neutral. Anyone suggesting otherwise gets deluged with derision and disdain (or, in less advanced societies, gets lynched). Then, one day, the penny drops and the cry goes up: why did no-one ever warn us about that? And to the obvious answer: well actually, they did - the response is: yes, but those people are nutters. (I recall Roy tub'o'lard Hattersley deploying this logic after the financial crash a decade ago.) It's an interesting cognitive trap: you can't pay heed to the lone voice in the wilderness - because, by definition, he's obviously bonkers - but ...
But what? I suppose the only real rationalisation could be: ... but someone (the 'experts', maybe?) ought to have listened on our behalf, and carefully considered the nutter's arguments, and told us to change our views. Ah yes, the experts. I think we know the fallacies in such an argument. Ho hum; that's the way of the world. You can get pretty cold and bitter, out there in the wilderness.
We've wondered before how long Drax plc - up to its eyebrows in biomass subsidies that must surely be in question - can survive when it becomes increasingly obvious the biomass game is up. To be fair, Drax has been diversifying as fast a big company can - which isn't particularly fast but it is fairly purposeful. They know the score.
So Drax is still in trouble, long-term That graph may not yet have found the bottom.