The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sign of the Times

We made note back in June that these are tough times for ethanol ventures. In that article, we mentioned that a publicly-subsidized ethanol venture in Clearfield, PA had taken a temporary shutdown due to market conditions.

Since that time, the plant has been closed permanently and filed for bankruptcy.

All of which prompted some gallows humor...

Let's hope the silver lining is that future politicians will weigh more carefully the potential risks of public investments, especially with regard to future energy options.

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