State, Federal and International energy policies are already in place to put tremendous pressure to harvest our forests for wood pellets. Do we need a "National Forest" designation, and tens of millions of dollars of public money, to promote even more wood burning?
"The mission of men there seems to be, like so many busy demons, to drive the forest all out of the country." Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods
Flawed Carbon Accounting Drives Boom in Burning U.S. Forests in E.U. Power Plants - The New York TimesBy Andrew C. Revkin
Europe’s forests are often highly regulated, so European power companies have had to look abroad to source wood fuel, turning to the largely unregulated forests of the American South for fresh supplies. Wood pellet exports from the United States doubled from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013. They increased again, by nearly 40 percent, from 2013 to 2014 and are expected to reach 5.7 million tons in 2015. Wood pellet manufacturing in the region is expected to continue skyrocketing, with production estimates as high as 70 million metric tons by 2020.
Pulp Fiction - The European Accounting Error That's Warming the Planet
Oct. 20, 2015
Europe has long used pellets to keep buildings warm; using wood pellets in power plants is new. The EU produces enough pellets for roughly two-thirds of its growing demand, industry figures show. The U.S. is meeting more than half the continent’s rising demand for imported pellets, exporting about three times as much to Europe as Canada and nearly five times as much as Russia last year, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows. Yearly wood pellet exports from the U.S. to Europe have more than doubled in the last few years — to nearly 4 million tons in 2014.
By Joby Warrick June 2, 2015
OAK CITY, N.C. — For the sake of a greener Europe, thousands of American trees are falling each month in the forests outside this cotton-country town.
Every morning, logging crews go to work in densely wooded bottomlands along the Roanoke River, clearing out every tree and shrub down to the bare dirt. Each day, dozens of trucks haul freshly cut oaks and poplars to a nearby factory where the wood is converted into small pellets, to be used as fuel in European power plants.