There a lot of things that I believe we should be doing to be more respectful of the natural world, allowing controlled burns is one (obviously I agree we have done to much to just to let it burn). In regards to the homes and properties, how often that houses that are burned by wildfires are rebuilt in the same spot. I have very little sympathy for anyone who builds close to dense forest or in flood plans as it is the consequence of short sighted planning bumping up against natural carrying capacity.
My concept of the "lessons of biodiesel" as it can be applied to the biomass discussion is simply this. Biodiesel went through a huge boom and then bust because of restrictions on feedstock such as corn or soy. There is not enough waste vegetable oil to meet the demand, but in my mind the biomass discussion is the evolution of the biodiesel discussion because the key to success in nature is diversity. our propseperity requires a high level of biomimicry, which in the context of this conversation is the exploration of the best use of the wide variety of biomass energy feedstocks such as waste water treatment plants, leaves, food waste, and general yard debris.
I honestly think we need to stay out of the forests. All those roads break apart ecosystems and has a huge impact on biodiversity. Hemp can provide ALL of our lumber, and paper needs with a drastically reduced environmental impact. It seems common sense to me that the lumber and timber companies would catch up to the 21st centrury and shift there business models to hemp production. This is a huge source of "bioenergy" which is being ignored because of poor politics.
So the lesson is we need to recognize the power of diversity in meeting our energy needs
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