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I thought our excuse was to burn the wood rather than letting it decay in the forest where it creates more carbon.
How can that work? Don't the trees take the carbon from the atmosphere (CO2) and convert it to carbon in the wood where it stays in the ground rather than going back into the atmosphere? Unless someone comes along, picks up the wood, burns it and converts it to CO2 and CO which does go back into the atmosphere, or wait a million years until the carbon turns into coal and some fracking maniacs drive out the methane (CH4) releasing it into the atmosphere or burn the stuff to melt iron ore to build new cars rather than fixing old ones.
Funny you mentioned rammed earth. I've actually worked w/that and also straw bales. We built one house w/rammed earth and three w/straw bales working w/a Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in West Virginia. I have to say, it was fun and interesting.