GoGreenNation: Great. Now they want to mill our national forests to feed biomass plants. This is just a bad idea, folks.>>>
The definition of a renewable feedstock was carried over from the 2007 energy bill, which prevents biomass collected from federal land from being used in the renewable fuels mix — a nuance reflecting the concern among environmental groups that demand for biofuels could eventually trump sustainable forestry practices and further degrade national forests.
Greenwire reports, however, that the latest draft of the Waxman-Markey bill contains a compromise on the definition — one that would allow the use of some non-commercial biomass removed from federally managed forests only in order to prevent forest fires or restore ecosystem health.