Photo Above: Dad in his lumber Jack days, South Carolina, 1939
Someday, I may cease reading the paper completely. I won’t of course, because I like being an informed citizen. I’m just ticked this morning because the Washington Post has an article on the front page about the dubious energy conservation practices of Europeans, especially those who now say the are “green” because they are using ‘sustainable fuel’ to run their electric plants.
Well that so-called sustainable fuel is coming from various sources here in the United States, particularly the South and consists of “harvested” trees reduced to pellets for shipment to Europe where they are burned in energy plants. According to the Post, the production of these pellets leads to the decimation of forests here in the States. Pinewood plantations, established in the South during the New Deal for the purpose of harvesting trees as a crop are one thing, but old hardwood forests are not pinewoods.
Even if the forests are pinewood plantations and supposedly ‘sustainable,’ the energy expended to produce and ship the pellets overseas is enormous.
i am linking this post to Nature Notes.