Re: Slash pile burning
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Apparently not all of the logging companies have gotten the word about pulping or perhaps the cost of transportation makes pulping to expensive to be worth the return.
Which brings us back to Ross.
Two immediate responses:
The regularity and size of the opportunity argue strongly in favor of developing a technology for producing biochar or otherwise dealing with the slash in a more climate friendly fashion.
The observations that public education and government policy change are the way to go argue strongly for nothing happening. Although I have a long history as a community developer, I can tell you from hard experience that it is much easier for special interests to mobilize to stop initiatives like this than it is to mobilize lots of urbanites to take them on.
There is no reason, however, for there to be a problem if you are smart about the problem.
Remember: as long as the protection of the environment and climate are perceived as costly, nothing good will happen for long. Altruism has very real limits. What is essential is to create really smart business plans that make protecting the environment at the very least an unintended positive externality of an otherwise profitable proposition.
So look hard at where this is happening and ask: Where's the market for biochar - in all it's many, many applications and What else might be done with the slash more or less on site? (How many people live as close as you, for example? If it is any reasonable number, then the local power company may well be a natural ally in the development of biomass gasifier power.)
On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM, Ross Hunt <rossahunt@...> wrote: