Burning Forests for Electricity!?!

Forests - Another Chance for Peace

Monday, January 23, 2017

In 2010, economist Judith Ajani wrote about the forest wars that have besieged us over the last 40 years or more, the bad decisions made and what needs to be done. This is still as relevant today – in fact even more so as the industry is set to collapse due to overcutting but with the bosses screaming for more logs. Sadly, much of the remaining forests’ ecological values that were so critical to save then, have been lost – making the urgency now extreme. It’s a war between possums and pulpwood basically, politics and ethics.

Abolish Failed Forest Deals – What do the Parties Say?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

For nearly 20 years, Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) have given the logging industry preferential access to around seven million hectares of publicly owned native forests in four states. Logging has been exempted from Federal environment laws for this time. AFCA together with over 30 environment groups say RFAs should be abolished and logging in native forests should end.

AFCA asked the Parties two questions. Here are their replies (at 23 June 2016):

Brickworks political donation interests extend to native forest burning and logging

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brickworks owns the largest mill in East Gippsland. It is a dodgy company which makes large political donations and has huge influence over the Liberal Party. It was mentioned in the NSW ICAC inquiry into corruption. It played a big part in pushing to have the logging and incineration of native forest logs in electricity generators to be defined as 'renewable' and therefore collect subsidies or credits for doing so.

Reject desperate push for government RET subsidies to burn native forests for industrial heat

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Australian Forest products Association (AFPA) launched a push in mid-April to include heat for industrial uses by burning large volumes of native forests, as part of the government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). At the moment the RET caters solely for electricity generation, which is bad enough!

The logging industry is lobbying hard for this to allow itself to continue forest destruction and the easy profits it makes from taking public property.

Forests at a tipping point – into the furnaces

Friday, June 26, 2015

Furnace

A new war has been declared on our native forests.

The Senate, with the help of Labor has passed legislation that not only allows the liquidation of native forest trees in electricity furnaces, but defines it as ‘renewable energy’ and thereby hands the logging and power industries credits (financial support) to assist this new excuse for unfettered forest obliteration. The woodchip industry at least had preferences for species type, but anything that burns will now be fair game.

40 scientists alert cross-benchers to RET clause

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The acceptance of a perverse definition of ‘wood waste’ and ‘renewable’ is being questioned by 40 Australian scientists in a joint letter to the Federal cross benchers today. They are alarmed that once the door opens on burning Australia’s native forests in power furnaces, it could see our forest heritage drawn in to supplying an export demand to satisfy the expanding number of biomass burners overseas.

UN gets it wrong on forests

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The respected international think tank Chatham House has released part of a research paper which shows the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is wrong. This assumes burning trees and forests as biofuel for electricity is carbon neutral and therefore climate friendly. It’s a fairly obvious error to almost any thinking person. There are some major global political pressures at play here working to ensure forest destruction continues.

VicForests plans EG forests as industrial furnace fuel

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Big River East GippslandA leaked three-year business plan of VicForests reveals multi-million dollar taxpayer losses among other startling revelations. East Gippsland is mentioned as the most uneconomic region having made losses of $5.5 million p.a. for years. This region supports the most exquisite and wildlife rich forests in SE Australia - that have been clearfelled to sell as ‘waste’ – and we are paying them to carry out this destruction. But that’s not the worst of it.

VicForests must go

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tax-payer sponsored environmental demolition must end and VicForests must be relegated to history, is the message Environment East Gippsland is sending to the Victorian Government after the exposé that $5.5 million “Community Service Obligation” is funding public forest destruction annually in the region.

“Environment groups are feeling vindicated across the state after decades of highlighting this fact and denial by VicForests”, said Jill Redwood of EEG. “We have to thank the whistle-blower within VicForests for helping uncover the scandal”.

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