In Wood We Trust

The folks out at KQED in San Francisco are running a “Science of Sustainability” project, with affiliates across the country. They sent WUNC TV out to the plant to do a segment on Piedmont.

It was well done. Produced by Dave Huppert–a former Plant denizen who once worked at Eastern Carolina Organics. It’s a great clip.

Since then I signed on to write for them. Here is my first piece for them; about the wood pelletization industry in North Carolina: In Wood We Trust.


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2 Responses to In Wood We Trust

  1. Tarus says:

    Nicely done. Not to be insulting, but it was pretty “fair and balanced” as these things go, and while you didn’t mention it directly, it reminded me of some of the conversations we had when you were shipping all that biodiesel to Yurrip back in the day.

    • Maniest says:

      Actually, the discussion about clredihn started when Lyle complained about the fact that I mow my lawn.I have a 21 acre horse farm, and while we actively try to reduce our carbon footprint I enjoy mowing. I mow 2-3 acres of lawn up to once a week on a riding mower. I get a lot of good thinking done while I do it and I like the way it looks when I am finished.Lyle was giving me crap about it and I had to point out that I am *childfree* and that by not having clredihn I will do more for the environment over the next 100 years than all of his very laudable efforts.Somehow it’s a right to have as many clredihn as one can support but okay to yell at a childfree person in a gas guzzler.As a bit of an outsider to the environment discussion, I am constantly amazed that population control is rarely on the agenda. Some estimate that the carrying capacity of the earth for humans is about 2 billion people. We’re currently at 6 billion. If, indeed, we are above the carrying capacity, this means that the longer we stay above that value the ability for the earth to support human life actually goes down.I could solve much of the issues we currently face with things like climate change by sterilizing 99 out of every 100 people. Now, before I am called a Nazi let’s take eugenics out of the equation and do it randomly. Assuming people cheat and that the methods aren’t 100% effective you’d still be looking at about a billion people in 50 years.I’m not seriously suggesting we as a society do this, but reducing the amount of people on the planet should be high on the agenda. Heck, the Guidestones recommend 500 million as the cap, and who can argue with that? (grin)

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