How is Europe working its way to being “green?” Part of the answer is to make America LESS GREEN!
[Source: Europe’s biomass boom is destroying America’s forests, by Paul Homewood]
The USA isn’t the only nation to ram “green energy” down the throats of its citizenry. Europe is rife with such regulation.
In 2007, the European Union set an ambitious goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 20 percent below their 1990 levels by 2020. The move forced coal-based power plants to convert their facilities to biomass. OK, say you. Why is that a bad idea? The bio-fuel that is burned instead of coal comes in the form of wood pellets.
So, say you, we’re sure you will ultimately get to your point. Indeed I will, say I.
Here is a syllogism. Europe needs a lot of wood pellets. Wood pellets come from trees. The trees need to be harvested before they are turned into wood pellets. Europe doesn’t allow harvesting of trees. They don’t just regulate energy, they regulate their forests, as well. Hmm. How does that work?
It “works” because Europe is buying their wood pellets from the USA, specifically the Southeastern USA. That’s right. You are beginning to see the dawn. Europe interdicts the harvesting of their forests so we are chopping down enormous numbers of our trees to meet their needs.
A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council has pointed out that 15 million acres of unprotected forests in the Southeastern United States, home to more than 600 imperiled, threatened or endangered species are at risk due to booming wood exports to the European Union. Additionally, pollution from logging has put more than 18,000 miles of our impaired freshwater rivers and streams at new risk.
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.
Every time one looks are “green energy projects” they turn out to be not so “green.” Electric cars lead to battery pollution. Windmills need rare earths that are mined to the ill-health of tens of thousands of Chinese. Windmills also slaughter birds by the tens of thousands. Solar plants vaporize tens of thousands of birds, burn loads of fossil fuels, and require large amounts of water in deserts. As Kermit the Frog famously said, “It’s not easy being green.”
But the USA cutting down forests to satisfy the green mandates of European Union regulations crosses a very bright line. This whole agenda is psychotic, schizophrenic, deranged, disturbed and crazed.
And thanks to HP for sending this to me.