New Rules May Cloud the Outlook for Biomass

Posted by Trish Riley, July 10, 2010

In Massachusetts and elsewhere, environmentalists are questioning the clean and renewable energy claims made by developers of biomass power.

“Whether you call it biomass or simply chopping down trees, it’s still deforestation,” said Franz A. Matzner, climate legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, which supports the sensible use of biomass power. “Burning trees for energy is an age-old practice that we know can cause some pretty bad effects if we don’t get our heads around doing it the right way.”

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