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Burning trees for energy puts Canadian forests and climate at risk

Greenpeace, November 2, 2011

Greenpeace released a science-based report today that highlights the dangers of the large-scale use of wood and tree harvesting for heating, electricity generation or liquid biofuels. The report, entitled ‘Fuelling a Biomess’, argues that burning woody biomass on an industrial scale could severely harm Canada’s public forests and further contribute to the global climate crisis.

Burning wood waste for energy not entirely a clear-cut call

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2011

Debate continues over use of forest debris to develop bioenergy industry

Forest management in British Columbia is coming under scrutiny as the province's drive to develop a bioenergy industry moves into the beetlekilled pine stands of the central Interior.

BC’s Bio Boondoggle

Arthur Caldicott, Watershed Sentinel, September-October 2011

The BC Bioenergy Strategy is based on hard-to-pin down and diverse guesstimates of wood volumes, supply forecasts, conversion factors. Hundreds of millions of public dollars have been committed to increasing the use of forest-based biomass for electricity, heat, and steam. The long-term beneficiaries of these programs are corporations and their shareholders. Millions of dollars in the bioenergy sector are flowing from the public treasury to private interests while the forests are slated to be burned.

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