Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 60
Can you imagine these forests being cut down simply to be burnt? Can you imagine the government and forestry industry giving themselves a pat on the back (and a stack of carbon credits) for being so “clean and green” by destroying these forests?
A few days ago Independent Rob Oakeshott, member for Lyne, made the move to overturn regulations in the Clean Energy legislation, that currently disallows the burning of native forest wood for power from being recognised as “renewable energy.”
It is an absolutely ridiculous concept to create incentives for forest to be cut down as ‘renewable energy’ when forests are our major carbon stores! It is completely the opposite of what is needed. There needs to be incentives to protect the forest.
This is a very scary prospect for Tasmania, because there are already proposed forest furnaces. Now that the global market is beginning to reject wood and paper products made from Tasmania’s ancient forests, the government seems to be creating new perverse ways to continue to log these forests.
As Warrick Jordan, from The Wilderness Society said “These regulations are not about burning a few offcuts at the local mill. The Australian commodity native forest industry is currently in freefall, with markets for woodchips disappearing rapidly and the industry going through a period of fundamental structural change. Burning vast quantities of woodchips for power is a desperate attempt to keep the industry alive while the last healthy forests are liquidated.”
To destroy irreplaceable ecosystems simply to burn the wood for power cannot and should never be called “renewable energy.” There are other options out there for energy creation that do not involve the annihilation of wildlife habitat and pristine forests.
Bob Brown called it a “swindle” and I think that is an accurate description. Most people would be shocked to find out that energy they are purchasing as “renewable” has resulted in forest destruction.
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