Canadian Biomass Magazine

FutureMetrics addresses ‘alternative facts’ in Chatham House study

March 6, 2017
By FutureMetrics

March 6, 2017 - Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometime outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the term "alternative facts" has recently been coined.

Either way, it is information that is biased and misleading that is used to promote a point of view. We have written critiques of other papers, by among others, the World Resources Institute and Climate Central, for writing biased, incomplete, and misleading publications that use alternative facts to promote an agenda that opposes a strategy that we have coined as a rational and pragmatic off-ramp to a decarbonized future.

Now we add the Chatham House paper to the list. The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts or as uncontested conclusions. This white paper focuses on the study’s discussions that pertain to the sourcing of raw materials for industrial wood pellets.

You can download the paper from the FutureMetrics website.


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