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Wooden Heart


Donald Holliday's letter omitted a salient fact in questioning England's renewable energy target (NCE last week). The promotion of the use of biomass and wood-burning stoves will reduce carbon emissions.

The stoves use sources of carbon from the 'short carbon cycle' - wood and other organic material that will absorb carbon from the atmosphere as they grow.

If we continue to point an accusing finger at green organisations, while allowing institutions to pump out sources of carbon that were buried in the earth's strata millions of years ago - long carbon cycle - we have no chance of saving the environment.

Holliday's letter represents a classic example of what psychologists call 'projection' or, to quote Mayer Hillman: 'When individuals attribute their unwanted feelings and characteristics on to someone else.'

Engineers need to grasp the scale of the crisis we face and accept the need to reduce our carbon emissions. If we don't.

future generations may find themselves living in 'low-density rural communities'.

Steve Reeves, senior engineer, stevereeves@talk21. com

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