"Natural forest devastation"?

charliew2 charliew2 at ev1.net
Sat Jun 5 15:57:42 EST 2004

Ian St. John wrote:
> charliew2 wrote:
>> Ian St. John wrote:
>>> Larry Harrell wrote:
>>>> "Ian St. John" <istjohn at noemail.ca> wrote in message
>>>> news:<9p6uc.65843$tb4.2515519 at news20.bellglobal.com>...
>>>>> Dano wrote:
>>>>>> lhfotoware at hotmail.com (Larry Harrell) wrote in message
>>>>>> news:<7a90c754.0405271045.2a3f9b04 at posting.google.com>...
>>>>>>> Comment from poster: Good forestry can mitigate many of the
>>>>>>> impacts of drought through thinning, fuels reduction projects
>>>>>>> and controlled burning. Nowhere in the article does it even
>>>>>>> mention active management. Do these "scientists" really ever
>>>>>>> get out there in the woods (this decade)?
>>>>>>> Larry,    in the woods, everyday
>>>>>> Larry, I agree, but active management includes cutting large
>>>>>> numbers of small caliper trees and then doing something with
>>>>>> those trees, meaning re-tooling of mills and creating markets,
>>>>>> etc. I, personally, would avoid that topic when talking to a
>>>>>> reporter, because it creates tangents.
>>>> Yep, we can't let facts get in the way of a good story.
>>>>> Rather than retool mills to try to use the wood as lumber, why not
>>>>> chip it and use it to produce 'cellose ethanol' as fuel??? You
>>>>> could include everything down to the leaf litter!
>>>> Most mills have already been retooled and the amount of big log
>>>> mills left in this country could probably be counted on two hands.
>>> Gee. That isn't perhaps why they are so 'hot' on taking trees out as
>>> part of the 'tinder reduction program' not would it. Finally
>>> admitting the main economic focus of the 'new forest' initiative.
>>>> In my
>>>> part of the USA, Ian, cogen plants already get agricultural waste
>>>> for pennies.
>>> Then turn it into alcohol. I am merely pointing out the advantages,
>>> since this would remove the 'tinder' instead of thet 'timber' and
>>> make money.
>>> I really wasn't talking to you, Larry. I know your answer before you
>>> start blubbering.
>> Think, Ian.  Alcohol serves as fuel.  The cogen faciliites are no
>> doubt using the wood for fuel, bypassing all of the processing steps
>> involved in alcohol production.  You don't want to use cellulose to
>> produce alcohol, just because it's a "cool" thing to do.
> No. I want to convert it to alcohol because a liquid fuel, suitable
> for mobile vehicles, is more *valueable* than simple heat, and burn
> more cleanly with more of the nutrient recoverable for fertiliser
> from the waste outflow.

It's a COGEN facility.  It's not on wheels ... you can't drive it.  The
fossil fuel saved by using the fuel value of wood waste is still helping the
environment, because it is displacing even more fossil fuel than you would
if you processed it into ethanol to displace gasoline.  I repeat - you don't
want to produce ethanol just because it's a cool thing to do.

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