The University of Georgia Research Foundation has developed an innovative way to turn dead trees into a liquid fuel and has licensed it to Tolero Energy in California. We could be driving on our dead forests as soon as 2010.
The Pine Bark Beetle, among other pests now thriving because of climate change, has decimated some forests. So this would certainly be a use for that wood.
The technology represents a leap forward for the biofuels industry. Not only does the resulting biofuel need no additional refinement before blending with diesel fuel, but it is a naturally very low-sulphur biofuel.
And it would prevent additional CO2 from being released if the forest was left to decay.