Wood energy

As thick as two short planks

What is it about the whole global warming climate change boondoggle that seems to knurgle the brains of politicians?

The EU has decided to promote the use of wood as a “renewable fuel”. This will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world’s forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. Phys.org examines this crazy decision. Quote.

European officials [have agreed] on final language for a renewable energy directive earlier this summer that will almost double Europe’s use of renewable energy by 2030. Against the advice of 800 scientists, the directive now treats wood as a low-carbon fuel, meaning that whole trees or large portions of trees can be cut down deliberately to burn. Such uses go beyond papermaking wastes and other wood wastes, which have long been used for bioenergy, but not to this magnitude.

The paper, co-authored by eight scientists from the United States and Europe, estimates that this bioenergy provision in the Renewable Energy Directive will lead to vast new cutting of the world’s forests. This is because additional wood equal to all of Europe’s existing wood harvests will be needed just to supply 5 percent of Europe’s energy. End of quote.

Wasn’t it a fantastic advance when our grandparents could simply plug in and turn on a heater instead of having to go out a chop down a tree to heat their homes?

Let’s all race back to the future.quote. Read more »

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