The UK is doing all it can to keep up with changing times. In fact, it is struggling just to keep up with new European Union rules that are forcing countries to look at renewable energy more seriously than ever before. Due to these new rules, the UK will see a number of its dirty power stations, like coal, shut down in a few years.
To help deal with the loss of this power, the UK has increased wood trade with the United States. It is importing millions of tonnes of wood chips. These chips will be shipped throughout the entire year to help keep the lights on in Britain. However, environmentalists say that this method is doing very little to help the planet.
Of course, the environmentalists are right on this one. It does not matter where the wood is coming from, trees have to be cut down. It makes no difference if the trees are in the UK or the United States. As long as there is a market for it, companies are going to continue to offer supply. After all, supply would stop if there was no demand for it.
These same critics go on to say that burning wood from the United States is nothing more than a waste of money. It is doing nothing to tackle the issue of climate change as it is causing the destruction of some of the greatest forests in the United States.
Take the swamp forests of North Carolina. Here, trees are cut down all the time so that they can be shipped to the UK for power. The UK needs this wood because many of its dirty coal plants are switching over to wood boilers to meet European Union regulations.
On top of this, environmentalists believe that this will soon strike a bad nerve with the European Union. Although it is unclear just how they wanted countries to get their energy, it is pretty clear that they did not want countries cutting down forests in America to power countries all over the European Union.
The European Union wanted at least 20 percent of all of Europe’s energy to come from renewable sources. Wood from America is not a renewable source no matter how people want to look at it. The trees that are being cut down could take 100s of years to regrow.