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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #286 - Biomass: From the alternative to the money pump ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 7 Oct 2018 08:36:53 +0300

All elements of alternative to fossil fuels are gradually " recovered " by large industrial groups. This is the biomass they want to subject to the imperatives of maximizing profits. The example of CIBV in Corrèze and its pellet production unit, enters into this deadly logic. ---- Faced with the emerging energy crisis, urban and industrial developers who can not count on the renewal of fossil fuels, turn to the exploitation of forests. In the name of special interests, biomass becomes an issue of national development. The State organizes industrial access to large areas set aside during the 1970s and 1980s. This policy is implemented, as usual, with great disregard for the local population. ---- In this context, the Somival Carbon Ingen'R Bugeat-Viam (CIBV) project aims to fully exploit the wood resources of a large forest, to produce, within its industrial production unit in Bugeat-Viam in Corrèze, roasted pellets. [1]The project has just obtained prefectural authorizations. Public debates and inquiries have taken place ... But despite the strong protest that has manifested itself in the population, the representative of the State decided in favor of the industrialist.

CIBV, synonymous with colonization
The multiple nuisances that were raised by the collectives did not move the public authorities. These are hiding behind their only argument-pretext to make accept this project: employment. About twenty direct jobs against a truck noria, a giant incineration plant, the impoverishment of the forest capacity and the destruction of the living environment of the inhabitants.

For all the collectives against the factory, it is important to affirm that this project is primarily a privatization of the exploitation of public forests. [2]To maximize the volume of biomass production, managers will organize an impoverishment of the diversity of forest plantations. The biomass collective criticizes the will of the State to impose by all means projects that are not solutions and calls for an " active defense against the current industrial offensive under the mask of the" ecological transition " .

For decades, foresters of the National Forestry Office (ONF) have been managing ever larger areas with fewer people working. Of course, performance bonds have always been strong. Despite this, public management has been organized over a medium term - a 150-year rotation for oak - and has always been more efficient than private management.

At the time of the defense of biodiversity, the priority is to forests more in touch with this necessary diversity, in coherence with the territory where they are established and with the uses of the local populations. Instead, the state privatizes the management of these woods so that engineers can convert trees into cubic meters and kilowatt hours. Thus these trees, their branches, their stock will be transformed into blackish chips to replace or supplement the use of coal in the industry. The transition is not for tomorrow!

Reinette reinette (AL Aveyron)

[1] Small sticks of compacted sawdust.

[2] " From the mountains in limousine and everywhere in France ", on Biomassecritique.noblogs.org.

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