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September 25, 2009

EUROPE SLASHING TROPICAL FORESTS TO SEEM GREENER

IPS - Millions of trees, especially from the developing countries of the South, are being shipped to Europe and burned in giant furnaces to meet "green energy" requirements that are supposed to combat climate change. In the last two months alone, energy companies in Britain have announced the construction of at least six new biomass power generation plants to produce 1,200 megawatts of energy, primarily from burning woodchips. At least another 1,200 megawatts of wood-fired energy plants, including the world's largest, in Port Talbot, Wales, are already under construction. Those energy plants will burn 20 to 30 million tons of wood annually, nearly all imported from other regions and equivalent to at least one million hectares of forest. "Europe is going to cook the world's tropical forests to fight climate change; it's crazy," Simone Lovera, of the non-governmental Global Forest Coalition, which has a southern officed in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay, told Tierramerica. Europe has committed to reducing its carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 in an effort to fight climate change. Biofuels and biomass energy will have key roles in achieving those goals, experts say.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

Lovelock has it right: if we leave it up to the politicians, they'll kill us all. They are effing mad!

September 25, 2009 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Boffin said...

This is the sort of foolishness that comes from ignorant politicians trying to be "ecological", and making bad legislation.

The greenest energy is nuclear energy. The sooner we move to uranium is the sooner we can scale back the incredibly dirty, poisonous, and destructive burning of coal for electricity.

September 25, 2009 6:32 PM  
Anonymous it's all over now, baby blue said...

Every hospital in the US has a basement full of xray plates whence they can't legally rid themselves. The pentagon (madness doesn't deserve to be capitalised) is shooting depleted uranium bullets/spent reactor fuel rods at every poor person the G20 finds is in noncompliance, and you're trying to sell nuclear power as sound policy? Deluded is the best I can say for your thought processes.

September 25, 2009 9:48 PM  

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