I note that many of the people who oppose renewable energy manipulate the facts to support their position. Such was the case with Robert Kischko’s letter in Saturday’s paper.
He speaks of the carbon dioxide gas emission from the proposed Springfield biomass plant. He neglects an important fact. As the forests regrow they take up this carbon dioxide, and the net results are zero carbon dioxide emissions.
I use biomass both to heat my house and run my maple sugaring operation. I cull this material from my sugarbush, resulting in enhanced growth of my crop trees. These, as they grow, take up the carbon dioxide that I release in my operation. The same arithmetic applies to all of us who burn wood, the Springfield plant included.
I am off grid; I use wind, solar, hydro and wood biomass to stay carbon neutral. I work very hard to stay this way. I resent Mr. Kischko’s implication that we wood burners are not carbon neutral.
Forest regrowth takes up the carbon we emit. Also, good biomass operations use weed trees that we should remove from our forest. Their removal creates space for profitable trees to grow. Biomass utilization, if done properly, also results in improved crop tree production in our forest and a much improved future for our lumber industry.
ShrewsburyMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears on this day in 1975, on this day in 2003, the last Volkswagen Type I, the Beetle, rolls off the assembly line in Mexico, Ambrose Bierce on the classifications of homicide.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Seals have figured out fish they like to eat gather in schools around turbines in offshore wind farms. But the environment is not without hazards, maintenance vessels and noise pollution.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Yankee announces final day of nuclear power generation in Vermont, storm brings floods back to Chester, Castleton town manager to resign office, chronic offender sentenced to 25 years for sexual assault.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Archaeologists find a leather shoe in a cave in Armenia that predates the Pyramids by more than a thousand years.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1932, President Hoover orders the Army to evict bonus marchers from Anacostia Flats; author Malcolm Lowry born this day, as is Jackie Kennedy and Mike Bloomfield; Stephen Crane on consuming one's own heart.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Earth barely avoids being blasted by immense solar flare in 2012, astrophysicists say next time might not be so lucky.