Making It Work - Overview
Its all about Infrastructure
As you read through the articles and websites linked under "Making It Work" on the left side of this page, you'll note that we don't have to reinvent the wheel. Wood is competing successfully with fossil fuels from Vermont to Idaho. There are even a number of projects under way in Colorado.
However these are pioneer efforts in a budding revolution to establish biomass as a viable alternative heating fuel source.
The automobile was a novelty until enough roads and gas stations were available. It has been estimated that wood fueled buildings are only viable if they are within a 50 mile radius of a reliable fuel source.If you think of buildings heated with wood as so many automobiles and public and private forestry operations as gas stations, you'll get the picture. We need to develop and infrastructure of "roads and gas stations" in order get "automobiles" built.
Pie in the sky you say? Not at all. Read the linked articles. The U.S. Forest Service and local communities are making it happen now. The question is do private forest landowners have the initiative to join the revolution, or will they end up walking by the side of the road?