Europe’s Protected Forests Chopped Down to Meet Renewable Energy Mandates

Europe’s Protected Forests Chopped Down to Meet Renewable Energy Mandates

Of the countless drawbacks to coercive green energy moonbattery, we can add that it is bad for the environment:

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.

Up to 65% of Europe’s renewable output currently comes from bioenergy, involving fuels such as wood pellets and chips, rather than wind and solar power. …

Sini Eräjää, Birdlife’s bioenergy officer, said: “This report provides clear evidence that the EU’s renewable energy policies have led to increased harvesting of whole trees and to continued use of food crops for energy. We are subsidising large-scale environmental destruction, not just outside Europe, as in Indonesia or the US, but also right in our own backyard.”

This is especially awful for those who believe in global warming theory:

The logging of whole trees releases all of their stored carbon and drains the planet’s “carbon sink” or potential for absorbing more emissions. Even if new saplings are planted, it may take 50 years or more until they are able to compensate for felled trees, by which point experts fear tipping points for runaway warming could have been reached.

You’ve got to have power, or everything stops. You sure can’t rely on wind or solar. You also have to meet foolish and tyrannical “renewable” mandates. So down come Europe’s forests, to be chopped into woodchips and burned. The important thing is the good intentions of the bureauweenies who impose this sort of insanity.

No worries; it’s for the environment.

On a tip from Steve T. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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