Canada Chainsaw Massacre
Monkeygrinder's proposal to smell the coffee (with a name like monkeygrinder, I ponder the true ingredients) woke me up real good:
And so it goes for most of the alternative energy sources. I could fight to the death to prevent using trees as feedstock for liquid fuel, only to watch the Northeast of the United States simply burn trees for heat following natural gas depletion.I have, perhaps foolishly, gotten involved with a thread on the PeakOil message board with someone called BIGG, who offers up the entire country of Canada as an alternative energy fuel source. BIGG's idea? Trees. All over the place. Canada crawls with trees. The solution consists of taking chainsaws to the whole of the country. To which I responded:
Me: The Canadian Shield consists of a vast region of exposed Precambrian bedrock that extends from the Arctic Islands in the north to Minnesota in the south and from Great Slave Lake in the west to the coast of Labrador in the east.I tried to make the point that much of Canada consists of a rather fragile ecosystem sitting on a rather infertile base (not even counting the tundra). To which BIGG responded:
Remove the trees, what do you get? Rocks. What's under the rocks? Rocks.
All the way down.
BIGG: I’m pretty sure Canada has more than just rock! Nonetheless, wherever you have a rock issue collect the falling leaves & other waste every year and make yourself some ethanol out of those instead.!It doesn't really pay to argue, but I went ahead anyways.
Me: The forests themselves contain most of the organic matter. Once your remove the canopy, nothing left. Nada.My brush with the deluded. Either that or BIGG belongs to the New England Association of Furnace Manufacturers.
Leaves? You know what a conifer is don't you?