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Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Froggy Foibles

How to mock hippies in the most devastating way possible.

Happy Place
July 19, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

This photo is an environmentalist’s worst nightmare: a gas-guzzling, exhaust-spewing 18-wheeler strapped down with dead, dismembered trees that have been heartlessly defaced by spraypaint from an aerosol can. We can only imagine this ending in some kind of Taken-esque scenario in which a skinny, bearded guy in a Widespread Panic shirt tracks down each and every one of these loggers and stabs them to death with a broken water bong.

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Business & Politics

U.S. Lumber Coalition Disappointed by Arbitral Decision Regarding British Columbia Softwood Lumber Agreement Timber Pricing Violations

U.S. Politics Today
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Lumber Coalition is disappointed by today’s London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) ruling that BC timber pricing practices do not circumvent the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement. By selling large volumes of timber for a lower price than should have been charged under the BC Interior timber pricing system grandfathered in the SLA, BC moved Crown timber prices even further from market value – giving back to lumber producers with one hand the export taxes it had collected with the other… The LCIA did not take issue with this conclusion as a factual matter, but concluded it could not rule against Canada on this basis alone. 

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Beetle-ridden B.C. timber didn’t contravene 2006 softwood lumber deal: ruling

Canadian Press
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – Canada is declaring victory in a dispute with the United States over softwood lumber exports from British Columbia. A tribunal convened under the 2006 softwood lumber agreement ruled Wednesday that Canada did not circumvent the deal by shipping large quantities of pine beetle-infested lumber south of the border. International Trade Minister Ed Fast called the decision a welcome victory for workers in B.C.’s lumber industry. “We applaud the tribunal’s decision in favour of our lumber industry,” Fast said.

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BC claims ‘total victory’ in softwood dispute with US from the Vancouver Sun
Canada says wins softwood lumber case vs United States from Reuters
BC declares ‘total victory’ with softwood ruling from the Canadian Press
Softwood lumber victory unlikely to halt conflict between Canada and US from the Globe and Mail
BC and federal government victorious on softwood lumber issue from Global News

Press Releases
BC Lumber Trade Council Welcomes Timber Pricing Arbitration Award” from BC Lumber Trade Council
Total Victory for BC and Canada on softwood lumber from the BC Government
Canada Applauds Softwood Lumber Ruling on British Columbia’s Timber Pricing System from the Canadian Government

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First nations logging company sees ‘truly amazing’ recovery

Duz Cho Logging, which faced bankruptcy in 2008 with revenues of just $6 million, forecasts gross sales of $38 million this year
Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For Duz Cho Logging, the turnaround has been dramatic. Four years ago, the McLeod Lake Indian Band-owned company faced bankruptcy after being hammered by the global economic crisis and the mountain pine beetle devastation. But today, the 24-year-old company is forecasting gross sales this year of about $38 million after realizing $28 million in revenues in 2011. “It’s truly amazing how we turned it around,” said McLeod Lake Chief Derek Orr, noting that 2008 revenues were just $6 million. “We still have a few challenges, [but] we have record profits in all our companies. And we’re employing more people than ever.”

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Pulp Industry Contract Terms Revealed

250 News
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Pulp workers in Prince George are voting on the tentative contract agreement reached with Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership last week. Opinion 250 has obtained some of the more pertinent details of the proposed 5-year agreement. The offer includes a signing bonus of $3750 in 2012, $3750 in 2013, a 2% wage increase in 2014, 2.5% in 2015 and 3% in 2016. There are no wage increases in the first two years of the contract, starting as of May 31, 2012. The remainder of the proposed contract is pretty much status quo.

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National award recognizes First Nation business

Prince George Citizen
July 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local logging company has harvested a national award but a protest has cut into the accolades.  The McLeod Lake Indian Band owns and operates Duz Cho Logging, which was the 2012 recipient Tuesday of the Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award. ….The award has angered some members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, however. In a letter coinciding with the Assembly of First Nations convention, band member Justin Chingee said the conduct of band leaders makes the national citation feel insulting to some. In the letter Chingee lambastes band leaders for alleged electoral offenses and discussions with mining companies.

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Bowater’s closure affecting woodlot owners

The VanGuard
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ask Eldon White how the closure of the Bowater Mersey pulp mill in Brooklyn has affected his business and his reply drives home the severity. “If you were here in Richfield you could see for yourself. All my gear is in a pile and my son and a driver are loading up a tractor-trailer and a half-ton truck. They’re heading for Alberta in the morning. There’s lots of work out there. …Even though he says he saw the handwriting on the wall for the Bowater mill, he had hoped it would stay open so that there would be at least one facility in this end of the province. With that mill closed and another large paper mill – New Page – teetering, the future doesn’t look bright

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Pulp mill sale monitor awaits judge’s decision

Chronicle Journal
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

And now we wait. Officials overseeing the sale of Terrace Bay’s pulp mill were still waiting Tuesday to learn a judge’s decision on the fate of the plant as well as the two international companies vying for it. Ernst & Young financial adviser Alex Morrison, who is monitoring the sale on behalf of Ontario’s Superior Court, said he didn’t know when the decision will come down. After hearing arguments Monday regarding competing bids from India’s Aditya Birla Group and China’s Tangshan, the judge in the case said he would reserve his decision.

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Aditya Birla Group gets green light to buy pulp mill

Residents have been waiting on judge’s decision
CBC News
July 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The waiting is over for Terrace Bay and its pulp mill workers. A spokesperson for the Steelworkers Union said a Toronto judge has approved the offer from India-based Aditya Birla Group to buy the mill. The purchase by the Indian textile company hit a potential roadblock after a Chinese company tried to make its own case to take over the mill. Herb Daniher of the Steelworkers Union said he received word from the courthouse late Thursday morning. The full written decision from the judge will be forthcoming.

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ACE Continues Support Of American Forests’ Tree-Planting And Ecosystem Restoration Projects

TheStreet.com (press release)
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The ACE Group today announced the selection of nine national and two international forest restoration projects as part of its sponsorship of American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program, marking the first time the company has supported projects outside the U.S. under the program. In May, ACE renewed its sponsorship of the Global ReLeaf program, pledging to plant more than 13,000 trees.

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John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Romney to visit Bow lumber warehouse with Ayotte on Friday

The Union Leader
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Mitt Romney will appear with Sen. Kelly Ayotte for a campaign event at lumber wholesaler Coastal Forest Products in Bow on Friday, a campaign official has confirmed. Ayotte is among those under consideration as Romney’s running mate, although she is not currently viewed as one of the two or three finalists for the second slot on the GOP ticket.

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Sierra Pacific and other defendants agree to $122.5 million settlement in 2007 fire

The Record Searchlight
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sierra Pacific Industries Inc. of Anderson and numerous others have agreed to pay an estimated $122.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeking damages from the 2007 Moonlight Fire in Plumas County. While the government and the defendants agreed to settle the lawsuit, it was apparent Tuesday there was much the government and SPI could not agree on. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and SPI held competing news conferences and issued news releases that contradicted each other on many points.

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Supervisors approve cogeneration plant near Anderson

Sierra Pacific gets OK from Shasta County
The Record Searchlight
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A San Francisco environmental powerhouse lost its appeal to Shasta County supervisors Tuesday over a massive cogeneration plant that will now move forward in the Anderson area. Supervisors unanimously approved a use permit for the expanded plant pitched by Sierra Pacific Industries, rejecting the Center for Biological Diversity’s appeal of the OK granted last month by the Shasta County Planning Commission. Board Chairman Leonard Moty was absent. Arguments against the plant, which will burn leftover wood for energy, were flimsy, said Supervisor Les Baugh.

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Pearce Pursues Forest Restoration Efforts

CONGRESSMAN VISITS MOUNT TAYLOR SAWMILL
Cibola Beacon
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MILAN – U.S. Representative Steve Pearce is continuing to pursue his desire to create jobs by reestablishing logging and sawmilling in New Mexico, and specifically in Cibola County. He visited the Mt. Taylor Manufacturing’s sawmill in Milan yesterday to learn about and support the company’s on-going effort to restore this area’s forests to their natural health and beauty. “It makes sense,” said Pearce. “Prevent wildfires and create jobs. We will leave a balanced healthy forest. The U.S. Forest Service is frustrated and the cost is high.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Quakes shake businesswoman into action

Company offers homeowners a seismic retrofitting service
Victoria Times Colonist
July 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A spokesperson from the Energy and Mines Ministry, which oversees the Building and Safety Standards Branch, said there are changes coming to the province’s building code this fall that will contain new explicit seismic design and construction requirements for residential buildings. …[Homebuilder Gordon] English wondered how necessary the new requirements will be, noting that after the last large earthquake in California there were few reports of structural damage to wood-framed, single-family homes. “Wood-frame is the most stable when it comes to earthquakes. If there’s not a problem, what do we need to fix?” he said.

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Trade groups form coalition in debate over vinyl in green building standards

Plastics News
July 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ANNAPOLIS, MD. — More than 27 building and construction associations have formed the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition to support the development of sustainable building standards that are based on consensus and scientific performance data. The announcement of the new coalition is the latest salvo in the battle between chemical, plastic and vinyl manufacturers and the U.S. Green Building Council and its green building standard known as LEED. The majority of the groups in the new coalition argue that USGBC has developed its LEED standards with a disregard for science, without involving industry and without using a consensus-based approach.

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LEED Is Private, Voluntary, Transparent and Democratic

Wood Resources International
July 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high performance buildings for America. …”We welcome the announcement of the formation of the American High Performance Building Council, but as Ronald Reagan once said, we will ‘trust but verify.’

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Rush Creek Home is city’s first to be LEED certified

ThisWeek Community News
July 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

OHIO… A closer look reveals some unusual, energy-saving elements that have earned the home LEED certification — the first such home in Worthington and the first to be built with private money in the Columbus area… Among the green features that earned the home LEED certification are geothermal heat and air conditioning; a structurally insulated panel system; a 70-percent permeable site; and small rooms, each with built-in furniture, as is common in Rush Creek houses.The exterior siding, which looks like the other “natural” homes, is actually cement board made to resemble wood. “We are not using trees but are using man-made materials,” Seitz said.

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Are building codes going far enough to keep residents safe?

KMOV.com
July 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…Chief Dennis Jenkerson said new, man-made building materials are coming onto the market every day. He said it’s fire fighters job to make sure they’re safe. It made us wonder at News 4 whether current building codes are keeping up with the building industry. …“Just the contents of a normal room 25-30 years ago we had wool, cotton and standard wood,” Chief Jenkerson said. “Now you go into most homes, you’ve got man-made materials like fiberglass, foam, rubber, you’ve got all synthetics, and it burns hotter, burns quicker, and puts off terrible gases.”

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Fast-racing flames at St. Louis apartment building highlight construction debate

STLtoday.com
July 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ST. LOUIS • Less than an hour after firefighters arrived on the scene of a blaze at a Central West End apartment building Tuesday night, they were forced to evacuate as the top floor of the four-story structure began to collapse. The flames spread so fast through the attic that firefighters thought something must be wrong with the building. …the structure was built to code, had working sprinklers and did, in fact, have so-called “draft stops” to slow the spread of fire in the attic. Jenkerson [the fire chief] still had questions about the materials used for the building, even if they were allowed by code. He’s not comfortable with construction innovations that emphasize the use of lightweight, synthetic materials over the old standbys of brick and real wood.

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Wood Germany attracts new member

Timber Trades Journal
July 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Glulam bridge specialist Schaffitzel + Miebach-Fascination Brücken GmbH has joined international marketing platform Wood Germany. Schaffitzel + Miebach used spruce, beech, larch, modified wood Accoya and wood-concrete composite construction in its timber bridge engineering. The company, based near Cologne, was established more than 100 years ago and carries out its own design, engineering and erection operations.

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Dutch Trees Get a Second Life Turned Into Tables

Agence France Presse
July 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

They could have ended up as firewood or sawdust but felled trees in the Dutch city of Utrecht are getting a second life as one-of-a-kind tables, each with a booklet of stories by people who saw them grow. One tree was traced back more than three centuries. Others were the scene of an elderly man’s first kiss — years prior — with his future wife, or where a mother saw her son take his first steps. “With every tree taken out, there’s always a bit of the history of a neighborhood or street that gets lost with it,” Egbert Boerma of the historic city’s Tafelboom (Dutch for “table tree”) Association told Agence France Presse.

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Forestry

Climate change could bring about more Johnsons Landing disasters, experts say

Changing weather patterns render past risk assessments unreliable
Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A massive landslide in tiny Johnsons Landing that killed four people should be a “wake-up call” that climate change is increasing the risk of these types of incidents, says a former terrain stability expert with the B.C. forests ministry. Gregory Utzig, now a Nelson-based private consultant who has a home in Johnsons Landing, suggests the province should upgrade its slide hazard mapping to account for climate change.

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McLeod Lake Indian Band logging company wins leadership award

Canada First Perspective
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Toronto, Ontario – Duz Cho Logging, a company 100 per cent owned by the McLeod Lake Indian Band, today received the Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The Assembly of First Nations and FPAC together created this annual award to recognize forest products companies that exemplify business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high quality products and services. The award marks a dramatic turnaround for the 24-year old company.

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B.C. forestry would benefit from a new ‘War in the Woods’

Letter by Sandy McRuer
Vancouver Sun
July 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I appreciated seeing some copy on forestry issues. I was a government professional forester once. I took pride in doing the best job I could for the public. Stationed in Port Alberni during the War in the Woods, I had one of the best views on what was happening in Clayoquot Sound, the Carmanah, the Walbran and elsewhere. …Those who, in protest, would have allowed a logging truck to roll over them now sit complacently while B.C.’s forest management drifts aimlessly without a forest inventory, proper stewardship, adequate planting in pine-killed areas and many other issues.

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Nova Scotia forestry: seize the moment

By WADE PREST
Chronicle Herald
July 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotians have a window of opportunity to change the way we use the forest, to set the stage for better times for our children and grandchildren. …Our forest is being managed with disregard for future value. In our Acadian forest, intensive, even-aged management on short rotations is unnatural. …First, the province must buy all the Bowater woodland and use its timber resources to stabilize, and eventually expand, the lumber and value-added wood products manufacturing sector.

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Montrealers rally behind an Algonquin community

Resolute Forest Products logging is upsetting the community
CBC News
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

About 50 people gathered Wednesday in Montreal, to show their support for an Algonquin community in the northern Outaouais region.  Demonstrators rallied in front of the downtown headquarters of Resolute Forest Products (formerly known as Abitibi Bowater), a logging company with operations in Barriere Lake. …The federal and provincial governments say they have reached a deal with the Algonquin band council. But Matchewan said the majority of the community, and their supporters in Montreal, are not on board with the deforestation of the land.

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Sinking Christmas Trees Into Salmon Habitat

Cassandra Profita
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Remember the guys who went around collecting Christmas trees for salmon back in January? Well, they finally sunk the trees into some salmon habitat on Saturday. As wetlands consultant Doug Ray told me months ago, old brown Christmas trees are “like magnets for fish.” They provide cover from predators and fodder for the base of the food chain.

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Forest compromise protects land and economy

The Register-Guard
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While recent opinion pieces attacking a bipartisan forest fix co-authored by Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader circle the issues, they are almost entirely based in hyperbole, unfounded criticism and hysteria. The rambling nature of these opinions serves only to cloud the issues and confuse citizens. Given the multitude of issues addressed in these opinion pieces, it’s not worth trying to address each point made. Instead, we think it is important for people to understand the history, the problem, what’s being proposed, why it’s reasonable and why it deserves our collective support.

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When convenient, environmentalists ignore the long run

Staff Editorial
The Record Searchlight
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If we want to find a way humans can live on this green planet without modern industry’s greenhouse-gas emissions cooking it disastrously, we need to think about more than just what happens next week… You’d think environmentalists, who normally pride themselves on taking the long view, would be the first to make that argument. But when a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity tried to sway the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to reject a new Sierra Pacific Industries biomass power plant on Tuesday, on the grounds that it would produce disastrous new carbon dioxide emissions, over and over he stressed the need to think about the short run.

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WALDO FIRE AFTERMATH – Forest Service heads recovery efforts

Pueblo Chieftain
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is working on plans to restore areas burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire. About 78 percent of the more than 18,000 acres burned in the fire were on national forestlands, with five watersheds draining into Monument and Fountain creeks being affected. The fire started west of Colorado Springs on June 23, spread into the city during the next few days and was fully contained last week. Working with other agencies, the Forest Service has determined that about 60 percent of the damage caused by the burn was moderate to high. Plans for emergency stabilization are expected to gain final approval within 10 days.

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Montenegro wildfires threaten ancient forest

Associated Press
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PODGORICA, Montenegro — Firefighters in Montenegro are struggling to contain wildfires that are threatening an ancient pine forest in the northeast of the country. Fires have erupted amid extremely high temperatures in the Balkans, reaching around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in Montenegro in the past weeks.  Fires have destroyed hundreds of acres of forests and about a dozen houses and stables. Officials say the blaze has reached the outer rim of the Crna Poda forest, where some of the pine trees are 400 years old.

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United Nations project to relive Zambia’s forest

Zambia Daily Mail
July 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MONITORING forestry losses in Zambia and the effects that the loss has on the environment can be a challenge because of lack of technical know-how. …But all hope is not lost following the recently held training organised by the forestry department in the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection under the United Nations collaborative programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD) project and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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Conservation areas to be opened up to logging

Brisbane Times
July 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

State forests set aside as conservation areas by the previous Labor government could be declassified and reopened for commercial logging and grazing in a bid to revitalise the industries. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said tracts of land, including former cattle stations, which had been “locked up” by Bligh government and earmarked to be national parks, had little conservation value. Mr Dickson said the Newman government would undertake a scientific review of more than 12 million hectares of land in his portfolio to reassess its best purpose.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The $55 million question: Will PT Paper’s cogeneration turn a profit?

PTleader.com
July 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Paper bags, containerboard and pulp are a few products that come to mind when thinking about the Port Townsend Paper Cop. mill. What about electricity? Promoted as a “win-win” by PT Paper and its affiliates, the proposed cogeneration project is a $55 million investment into new technologies that can expand the mill’s current biomass burning capability to generate heat needed for pulp and paper production, and electricity to sell onto the regional power grid.

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Expensive wood waste power plant to push up Austin electric bills

Austin American-Statesman
July 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

At a small ceremony amid the tall pines of East Texas, a handful of Austin officials watched one of the most unpopular investments in Austin Energy’s history rumble to life Wednesday. A power plant fueled by wood waste held its official opening after briefly coming online a few weeks ago. The privately owned plant will sell $2 billion worth of electricity to Austin Energy for the next 20 years at a price well above the going rate for competing power sources. It will add $1.94 to the average home’s monthly bill of about $100, according to Austin Energy estimates.

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Tree Ring Study Heats Up Battle of Climate Change Skeptics Against Scientists

Tree Hugger
July 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A recent study of tree rings estimates historical climate change using density rather than the traditional measure of ring width. The findings indicate it was even warmer than believed based on previous tree ring width records — which was immediately seized upon in headlines like the following from Britain’s Daily Mail: Tree-rings prove climate was WARMER in Roman and Medieval times than it is now – and world has been cooling for 2,000 years.



Does Tree Ring Study put the chill on global warming?

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General

Wood Innovation Design Centre Work Continues

250 News
July 19, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Prince George, B.C. – The Wood Innovation and Design Centre has taken another step forward as the Province sorts through the submissions it received under the request for qualifications. “We’re shortlisting the proponents now ” says Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell. He says once the short list of qualified proponents has been developed, they will be invited to submit proposals. Minister Bell says that call for proposals could go out as early as late August.

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Inquiry urges probe into forestry sale process

ABC News Australia
July 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

A parliamentary inquiry has recommended the auditor-general investigate the sale process of forestry rotations in south-east South Australia.The inquiry’s final report was tabled in Parliament yesterday, with all non-government members of the committee saying the sale should not proceed. Treasurer Jack Snelling has repeatedly said there is no way the sale will be stopped.

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