I just attended a meeting in North Carolina with local leaders. At this meeting, leaders talked about how corporations across the state and country have found a new way to make profits at the expense of the earth and the public’s health. Incinerating our resources, under the banner of creating energy, they believe that turning chicken poop and trees into energy will make America energy independent and help with climate change – now there is a reach.
This is yet another bad idea by those who care only about profits. Chicken poop can be used by farmers and clear cutting trees is just plain dumb. In case you question the profit accusation, think about this: the corporations are calling this incineration technology the answer or “Saudi Arabia” for North Carolina economic woes. Really?
The incinerator companies list tree and forest wastes, chicken poop, tires, garbage and more as their fuel for generating energy. I’m confused by the bio-mass terminology when they are incinerating tires and plastics.
Incineration is a dinosaur technology which is why thousands have been closed due to pollution and other issues. Dioxin is of most concern as one of the most toxic chemicals ever studied and is a direct result of incinerating tires, plastics and even trees and poop.
Corporations pushing incineration also highlight the ash which they say can be spread on farm land – just like the poop. However, the incinerator’s ash has toxic chemicals and heavy metals like lead in it that will contaminate the farmers land and the food you and I eat.
Of course many of these companies are looking for subsidies from government under new energy sources. Where government has already invested funds like recycling and forest protection will be undercut by these new energy opportunists. In addition, wildlife, fish and people’s health will be adversely impacted by the pollution as will the local economies where they are located because green clean businesses don’t want to operate by a polluter.
Someone should approach these incinerator facilities and suggest they look at solar as an opportunity instead. Solar energy doesn’t pollute the air where solar farms are located.