"Louisiana Forests Being Sacrificed To Fuel Europe's Biomass Boom"

"Environmentalists say swaths of Southeastern woodlands are being cut down for 'green' energy efforts across Atlantic."

"BATON ROUGE, La. — The smell of freshly cut wood wafting from a dirt lot along an industrial stretch of road near the state capital might not conjure up an image of green energy, but some say this is the future of sustainability.

The smell comes from two white plastic domes rising high along the Mississippi River. Stored inside those domes are millions of wood pellets, which started as trees in the surrounding 50- to 75-mile area, and were converted to easily shippable and burnable material at mammoth factories where wood can stretch as far as the eye can see.

The white domes aren’t the pellets' final destination.

After being packed into containers the wood is shipped to Europe, where power companies will burn them in an effort to meet the European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements."

Peter Moskowitz reports for Aljazeera America January 15, 2014.

Source: Aljazeera, 01/17/2014