To The Editor:
I have some concerns about the recent hype and media coverage from West Kootenay EcoSociety "100% Renewable Energy Plan", that is being brought by the NGO before a number of local municipalities for adoption.
In the next decade the BC NDP Ministry of Forest plans to clear-cut and truck at least 100,000 loads of old growth forest from the Lardeau-Duncan River drainages and Trout Lake.
The CO2 release from the exposed ancient forest soils is vast. The C02 release from the trucking is vast. The loss of these healthy intact ancient temperate ecosystems will cause extinction to dozens of endangered species.
These huge clear-cut along Trout lake are changing wind patterns and will exacerbate flooding downstream.
Teck Cominco awaits approval for a 40 year right for a very, very large coal mine in Elkford.
Is there any scientific evidence the Eco-Society can produce that the expense and efforts this "idea" will cost small municipalities can mitigate in any way these government sanctioned industrial efforts to increase CO2?
I think it is important to be realistic about solutions to the global tragedy that is unfolding and not be false prophets.
I would like to hear from the ES on this matter.
Tom Prior, Nelson, BC