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Interview: How will the wood pellet export industry impact North Carolina and the Cape Fear region economically and environmentally?

Podcast: How will the wood pellet export industry impact North Carolina and the Cape Fear region economically and environmentally?

Wood pellets. They’re a simple idea, but their potential implications are far more complicated and controversial.

Member countries in the European Union are buying these small, compressed cylinders, which are made up of everything from sawdust to wood pulp, to use as a more planet-friendly fuel source than coal. Eventually, some say increasing restrictions on allowable carbon emissions will force the discontinuance of wood pellets as a fuel source because they’ll no longer meet government requirements. But right now, European subsidies are fueling an important emerging market in the southeast – and particularly North Carolina.

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feature-Timber suppliers send USDA message supporting hardwood checkoff

Timber suppliers send USDA message supporting hardwood checkoff

The proposed Hardwood Checkoff program is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from those in the business of growing dependable, high quality timber for the hardwood lumber industry. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has asked for public input on the Checkoff program, particularly soliciting views of those in the hardwood business.

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OSU gets state $29.7 million funding for new forest science center

OSU gets state $29.7 million funding for new forest science center

The state Legislature has approved $29.7 million in state bonding to help fund the Oregon Forest Science Complex at Oregon State University. The project aims to boost economic growth and create jobs while also supporting development of environmentally friendly wood construction, OSU officials said Wednesday.

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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.

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