The Post keeps this story alive by “new investigations.” Now they bemoan the use of wood from forests grown for harvesting and is an agricultural product. Maybe the Post believes that loblolly pines grow evenly spaced in straight rows naturally. The idea that we are saving the planet by using forests an ocean away to bring coals to New Castle should be examined as patently ludicrous.
By Paul Homewood
From the WaPost:
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.
Soaring demand for this woody fuel has led to the construction of more than two dozen pellet factories in the Southeast in the past decade, along with special port facilities in Virginia and Georgia where mountains of pellets are loaded onto Europe-bound freighters. European officials promote the trade as part of the fight against climate change. Burning “biomass” from…
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