Let’s not lose site of our forest by being engrossed in our differences. It is easy for us to become so involved in our differences that we lose sight of the big picture, and we forget what we are trying to do here in America to lead the rest of the world to sustainability.
Try to consider that this Steel Tariff will help China’s Hebei Province since they have some of the worst air pollutions with the area’s vast steel industry and by slowing what they send to the USA may help their government slow to improve air quality by following the USA and build more with timber. Just for the record I’m in part of the US supply chain my opinions come from being in the building trades for 45 years
Building with timber reduces the overall carbon footprint in several ways. First, wood is a renewable resource, and growing a tree is a low-impact method of production (i.e., it uses photosynthesis rather than a plethora of machines). Second, trees are grown in abundance all over the United States and don’t need to be imported from abroad, reducing the amount of energy expended on shipping. Now that we have figured out how to build mass timber CLT high-rise will help to discourage the steel we import with the tariff and also may drive the USA towards the largest producer of CLT buildings. Since we grow and control more of the softwood that is needed than anywhere in the world. Those that are unhappy with the current administration should consider that every time we cut and plant a tree in reforestation programs, the young trees in the early years of its life it removes more carbon than during the life of the tree. “Today’s politics has made some people forget that real sustainable values are critical to America and the future of the world” said Steve Conboy. We get hung up on our recycling when few realize our recycling programs collect dirty recycling that has no value and is not being bought for the real value it could if we were to separate our recycling. These decisions to be less dependent on steel to build with more timber and to adjust and change our recycling programs have a significant impact on future generations and climate change.
Instead of listening to and looking at the vast hate war on Capital Hill lets focus on real science and make our steel tariff assessment on more than the dollar value and more how this benefits future generations. Steve Conboy spoke about this when he was nominated and assigned to the US Department of Trade and Commerce and the International Trade Administration at the United Nations twice and once for World Trade Conference, but nobody would listen. This steel tariff hates hype reminds me of Leonardo D., and Al G. climate fear campaign and films with little brick and mortar solutions to the housing with our overpopulated planet. There is no debate that building fire protected mass timber with sustainably harvested lumber can offset greenhouse gas emissions. Since the USA leads the world as builders, this new mass timber movement can have an impact on the whole world, so the pain of this tariff is like washing and infection where at first it hurts but then we heal.
A paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology examined 21 international studies and found that, on average, each ton of carbon in wood products used in place of non-wood products, i.e., steel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 tons of carbon. Now if we can embrace newer cleaner fire inhibitor chemistry to defend all these Mass Timber CLT buildings, we can convince the risk management insurance underwriters to support this new way to meet the demands of affordable housing and lower their premiums for these CLT buildings. It will also make them way more cost effective. Just think all the hate about what Trump has done could be creating the biggest and best renewable, sustainable way to support the demands for affordable housing for the world, lead by the USA which could have an impact on the whole world of carbon producers. It always comes down to money with our builders over the long-term benefits for our planet and this fire defended mass timber CLT movement has both. Conboy goes on to say if we can defend Mass Timber from fire why not look at our broken down way to not protecting our forest in wildfires with new clean fire inhibitors that are safer for our environment and put less young firefighters at risk, also save our homes at the same time. My message has no agenda its fact this big steel clubs and dirty hate-filled politics along with the big firefighter clubs that are losing every year in wildfires are stalling science. If we all do not realize that this planet is becoming overpopulated and if we do not embrace new ways to build and defend our forest from the fire you will soon find out we need four new planets to sustain this overpopulated one say, Conboy. Steve Conboy Architects & Builders to tour our Reforestation programs back in 1999
Today we really have to be careful that all of the political differences could blind our eyes to the benefits to how this tariff could help us become less dependent on so much imported steel and drive our architectural and design communities even faster towards trying to meet the demands of affordable housing with fire protected mass timber CLT buildings versus steel buildings.
Unfortunately, many of our citizens do not fully appreciate the many benefits they get from forests. It comes down to money. Our economic systems are set up to protect what has cash value and to take for granted what does not. Many of the benefits from forests have no recognized market value, so they are at risk of being undervalued and lost.
We can avoid such market failures by placing people and the benefits they receive from nature at the center of the conversation, especially if we can set a market value on the benefits. For example, forests deliver pure, clean water to people. More than half of the water our citizens get in the contiguous United States originates on forested landscapes, and 18 percent comes from the national forests alone.
Trees also improve air quality. Our scientists estimate that across the United States urban trees remove about 784,000 tons of pollutants each year. Without those trees, we would have to spend $3.8 billion each year to remove the same amount of air pollution. Urban trees give people other benefits as well, such as stormwater control and cooling during hot summer months. One study of five U.S. cities have shown that for every dollar invested in urban forest management, annual benefits range from $1.37 to $3.09.
At the U.S. Forest Service, we have a web-based tool called i-Tree for measuring those benefits. Using i-Tree, the city of Providence, Rhode Island, found that its 415,000 trees provide $4.7 million in environmental benefits each year. i-Tree has been used in more than 100 countries and has had about 12,000 users. Tools like i-Tree help citizens and policymakers understand the tremendous benefits they get from investing in green infrastructure.
But not all values and benefits associated with healthy, resilient forests have a dollar value. People get so much more from their forests, such as cultural values, aesthetic enjoyment, spiritual fulfillment, and recreational pleasures. These benefits have no dollar value, but they can be some of the greatest of all. Back in 1968, the Director of the National Park Service in the United States, George Hartzog, summed it up in this way, and I quote:
We haven’t learned yet to assess the benefits accurately to the sight of an alligator sliding into dark waters, or of a horizon free of smokestacks and overpasses, or an evening sky glittering with the flash of white wings catching the last rays of daylight; but our inability to measure them makes those values no less real.
The challenge for all of us is to pass these values on to future generations. In the United States, we are firmly committed to conserving all the costs and benefits people get from their forests. We are rising to such challenges as climate change, fire and fuels, invasive species, and loss of open space by working to retain our forests as forests. Our citizens are coming together around restoration opportunities to reach mutual goals for healthy, resilient forested landscapes.
We hope to work together with people around the world toward the same restoration goals. If we can learn from each other and capitalize on our mutual resources, then we can meet the climate-related challenges we all face, protecting and restoring forests around the world for the benefit of generations to come.
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I’m calling all Americans to consider sustainable science over all the political hate and short-term impact this steel tariff might have when it comes to the value that newly planted trees today sequester x more co2 in the first 6 to 10 years of growth than old timber trees during their lifetime under new forestry science. Then consider how clean fire inhibitor technologies sprayed on mass timber CLT buildings to make them safer supported by real fire science with ASTM E84 extended test results to defend sequestered co2 in the hydrocarbon-composition of this new fire inhibitor.
All Americans need to consider sustainable science over all the political hate and short-term impact this steel tariff might have when it comes to the value that newly planted trees today sequester x more co2 in the first 6 to 10 years of growth than old timber trees during their lifetime under new forestry science. Then consider how clean fire inhibitor technologies sprayed on mass timber CLT buildings to make them safer supported by real fire science with ASTM E84 extended test results to defend sequestered co2 in the hydrocarbon-composition of this new fire inhibitor. For those that want to use the “Green” spin on our renewable sustainable lumber products need to be willing to defend the building they support for fire. If lumber is our carbon sequestering vehicle towards cleaner air then defend it lock up that carbon forever because every time a wood framed building burns we undermine all our gain with the greenhouse gases those fire create. We are all tired of the Green Spin unless you truly defend what it means.
The main strategies to reduce our dependency on steel is to meet the growing demands for housing by using forests as carbon sequestration. It will also create jobs and has a significant impact on our air quality for future generations while we generate better buildings.
Active forest management - enhancing forest growth through sustainable forestry created by the primary demand of fire protected CLT structures Avoid Wild Fire deforestation - reducing the loss of forested land by promoting change in our wildfire defense programs and embracing new cleaner fire inhibitor chemistry with proactive wildfire defense Afforestation - adding forest to new land Defend the carbon our trees and lumber have sequestered and defend it from fire so its locked up in our timber forever.
M-Fire Suppression Inc. is a fire technology company redefining risk management for the construction industry in all wood framed buildings and wild fire defense with clean fire inhibitors.