Some people worry that the use of wood fuel may eventually put too much strain on the forests around the world. Overall, many experts believe that wood fuel is less threatening to the world’s forests than many other activities, including building and farming, but that might change somewhat if there was a greater move towards the use of wood for heating. Most people who suggest an increase in wood heating don’t necessarily see it as a total replacement for other heating sources, but rather as a supplementary measure to slightly change the environmental situation. These people believe that a minor increase of this sort might not necessarily lead to devastating consequences.
One of the main advantages of wood fuel and other bio-fuels over many renewable energy sources is flexibility. This is mostly because bio-fuels can often be easily stockpiled for later use, while solar and wind energy only produce during the right times of day, and battery technology to store power for later is somewhat limited. Wood isn’t necessarily as clean or cheap to produce as some other bio-fuels, but it is immediately usable for a wider number of applications, and is usable at any time, regardless of current weather conditions, as long as there is a decent quantity available.
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