2010 March 12: OR Radio: Telling the Feds off; Where there’s smoke, there’s biomass & Tre Arrow makes music for Granny D

2010 March 12: OR Radio: Telling the Feds off; Where there’s smoke, there’s biomass & Tre Arrow makes music for Granny D

Submitted by Cris Andreae on Fri, 03/12/2010 – 12:23pm
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Air Cascadia

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Fri, 03/12/2010

All you have to do is slip the words ‘green’ or sustainable’  into a corporate moniker and you are…well, gold.  That’s Seneca Sustainable Energy’s idea.  The company  plans to fire up a power plant that will convert about 700 tons a day of logging leftovers and waste from its nearby sawmill into electricity.   But it will also release more carbon dioxide and lung-damaging particulates than a comparable coal-fired power plant.  And it’s expected to receive millions in Oregon tax credits and qualify to meet the state’s renewable power goals, just like non-polluting solar and wind.  But forests don’t waste anything.  Forests don’t create debris,  what they create – when left in peace – is more forests.  And that’s exactly what we need because, well…we’re out of forests, friend.  And when a company claims that "logging leftovers" are a "sustainable" source of fuel for generating energy…what seneca is talking about is more logging and sustainable revenues until the nation’s last 5 percent of forested land is a moonscape or worse, an agribusiness tree farm.  All this and tax breaks, too!  Stand back from the trough because here come the hogs…

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