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Letter: Burning storm debris will release carbon, cause more storms
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Georgia forestry advocates are pushing for more wood waste to become fuel for Georgia Power's electricity generation. They predict economic benefits for rural areas and a way to use fallen limbs and trees, including those downed by storms. Pecan farmers such as Trey Pippin in Albany faced piles of dead trees hit by Hurricane Michael.

Regarding Sunday’s article, “Energy Solution: Wood Scraps?:” How in the world can anyone say “we’ve got mountains and mountains of biomass,” the result of storms, such as Hurricane Michael, which last year ravaged a million acres of timberland," so why don’t we burn it?  Biomass releases more carbon when producing the same amount of energy as fossil fuels (ornl.gov). There is overwhelming evidence based on sound scientific research that an imbalance of human contributed CO2 in the atmosphere is, in all likelihood, the cause of ever-increasing incidence of catastrophic storm events such as Hurricane Michael (gfdl.noaa.gov).

In a landmark lawsuit filed last month against the EU, plaintiffs from five European member states are charging that the EU’s 2018 renewable energy directive will devastate forests and increase greenhouse gas emissions. Burning the debris leftover from such devastating storms as Hurricane Michael would seem to be the equivalent of re-arming mass shooters in order to provide protection against future mass shooters.  

Please read Climate Central’s report “Pulp Fiction” to learn more.  

Scott McLendon

Gainesville

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