Favorite item from the JUSTIN winery oak forest clear cut controversy in the rural Paso Robles Adelaida region: “100 years ago all those oaks were cut down for charcoal, so what’s the big deal”
Sure, it’s no big deal.
Atmospheric carbon increases due to the loss of CO2 fixing by the forest biomass (8,000 trees, according to an independent professional survey estimate, plus associated forest ecology); increases due to the burning of 1000s of tons of split oak firewood; increases due to rapid breakdown of chipped branches, leaves, and roots (possibly more mass than the firewood).
No. Big. Deal.