Biomass: Another “Green” Fraud

Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 2 months, 2 weeks ago to Politics
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The Vox article takes for granted all of the hyperbole about global warming, but points out that the premise on which burning wood is “carbon neutral” is the assumption that all wood will eventually decay and release CO2 back into the atmosphere. That might be true (it isn’t, actually, which is why we have oil and gas) but only on a time scale that is too long to be helpful if you think the world is facing a climate crisis.

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  • Posted by Lucky 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    The industrial revolution in Europe started by burning wood for fuel, this devastated the forests. Only the use of coal with its high energy density stopped complete deforestation.
    Now, they are switching from coal back to trees. No suitable European trees are available (are left) so they come from Virginia. The amount of CO2 released is greater due to lower burning efficiency and shipping across the Atlantic with diesel freighters. It is justified under the slogan of renewable which beats even CO2, and it costs more. Who pays?- the public via taxes and the consumer of electric power from monopoly power companies. Who gains? The usual rent seekers.
    As you say.

    The planet has plenty of coal. It can give reliable and cheap electric power, as a bonus the CO2 emissions are beneficial.
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    • Posted by  $  2 months, 2 weeks ago
      Just goes to show, they really don't care about Carbon...the same logic could be used for coal, gas, and oil...although oil is not a fossil is created by bacteria deep inside the earth. The industry has been noticing old wells are refilling...if all the information were to leak out it would be found to be a renewable resource.
      I forget the exact figure, but there is 100 times more carbon deep within the earth than there ever was in our atmosphere.

      PS...the carbon in the oceans keeps a lid on the methane so we really don't need to worry about cow farts either!
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  • Posted by  $  2 months, 2 weeks ago
    To quote an infamous Congresswoman in an entirely different context, it’s all about the Benjamins. Whether an energy source is denominated “green” or not depends on the political clout of the companies that profit from its use.
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