The fickle nature of anti-forestry environmentalists causes them great difficulty in grasping the fact that energy production is not a zero-sum endeavor. There are both positive and negative costs associated with generating the power we all use, regardless of the system and resource used to generate it. While we can generally agree that environmental stewardship should remain a top-of-mind concern when planning for new energy projects, the gradations of “good” and “bad” feedstocks in the minds of environmentalists result in very rigid, unrealistic thinking about energy production.
In the anti-forestry view of renewables, for instance, biomass from wood raw materials is deemed a “bad” feedstock because it results in the harvest of trees for the production of energy. Solar technology, on the other hand, is deemed “good” because it only utilizes stores of energy created by natural sunlight. Or so the narrative goes.