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Debunking two so-called “facts” about wood pellets

Debunking two so-called “facts” about wood pellets

There are two highly inaccurate statements that are often made about the use of wood pellets as a substitute for coal in power generation. (1) The CO2 released from the combustion of wood pellets is greater than the CO2 released from the combustion of coal; (2) Using wood pellets for heat or power creates a carbon debt that takes decades to repay.

The Manomet study released in June, 2010 codified both of those so-called facts about using wood for fuel. Since then both the “pellets are worse than coal” and the “carbon debt” arguments have become ingrained in the anti-biomass literature.

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Beetle plague spurs Canadians on U.S. lumber-mill buying spree 

Beetle plague spurs Canadians on U.S. lumber-mill buying spree 

In the 60 years since Bob Jordan III joined his family’s North Carolina sawmill business, he hasn’t seen anything quite like the Canadian invasion of the South’s lumber industry.

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Prominent forestry advocate moonlights as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones

Prominent forestry advocate moonlights as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones

Chuck Leavell may be the world’s most recognized tree farmer, primarily because his other career — keyboardist for the Allman Brothers and Rolling Stones — has put him on stages around the world. If any industry could use a prominent advocate, it’s forestry — because nothing grates on the ears of a forester like hearing someone say they won’t buy a book because it’ll kill a tree.

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Timber buildings – evidence of lower costs emerge

Timber buildings – evidence of lower costs emerge

A seminar series touring the country is comparing detailed designs of four commercial building types that show building in timber costs less than conventional materials. It’s a timely initiative, with proposed revisions to the National Construction Code out for comment that will allow massive timber buildings up to eight stories as a Deemed to Satisfy solution for residential, commercial and hotel construction projects.

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