Logging helps the planet? - Page 2

"In California, forestry is the only sector that has a positive effect on air quality," says Sierra Pacific Industries

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Mark Harmon, professor of forest science at Oregon State University, echoed CBD's criticisms, calling SPI's claims misleading and scientifically invalid. Harmon was quoted in CBD's lawsuit saying: "Harvesting forests generally reduces carbon stores and results in a net release of carbon to the atmosphere."

While the science remains unsettled, CBD claims progress. Three years ago, the organization convinced the state to conduct greenhouse gas analyses. "Now," Nowicki said, "[we've] established that these analyses need to be there."

Comments

The timber industry is so used to getting their way with California politicians that they expect they the same treatment from facts and science. But the science shows that clearcutting releases more carbon than a forest fire. And the fact is that clearcutting has no place in California's carbon trading program.

Posted by Eddie Scher on Feb. 10, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

Center Biological Diversity is in the business of stopping any economic development. They even have a lawsuit filed blocking a solar electrical generation project. What could be more environmentally sensitive than solar?

Posted by Clay on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 6:57 am