Mikko Paunio, MD, MHS, specialist in public health and epidemiology: Efforts by extreme environmentalists will kill millions in poor countries. Domestic combustion of solid (bio)fuels is by far the number one global pollution problem, attributable to indoor air pollution (IAP). The so called 'energy ladder' was introduced to understand how deaths from IAP might be prevented. The energy ladder seeks to reproduce the experience of rich countries, where households moved away from biofuels and connected to electric grids or district heating systems, solving the IAP problem for good. Extreme environmental organizations resist improving the lives of poorer people because it would increase use of fossil fuels and their carbon footprint.
Brendan Montague, Editor of the ECOLOGIST: Footage reveals huge areas of hardwood forest in the state of Virginia being chopped down and removed to a factory that grinds up logs into pellets. A large proportion of these pellets are then shipped across the Atlantic to be burnt at Drax power plant in the UK. To burn an amount of wood pellets that would generate the same amount of electricity as coal it would actually produce roughly eight percent more carbon.
Paul Driessen, senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, Howard Cork Hayden, Emeritus Professor of Physics, U. of Connecticut: How useful are bio fuels? Two answers. Both indicate that bio fuels are not nearly as good as fossil fuels, in fact they are very harmful for the well being of humanity. But government environmental ideology and mandates have kept them going so far.
Paul Driessen, senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow: It seems nearly everyone wants to advance sustainability principles. The problem is, no one really knows what they are. Real sustainability means responsible conservation and stewardship of natural resources. The public relations variety is mostly image-enhancing fluff.