Living Green Magazine – Don’t Burn Forests to Make Electricity By Josh Schlossberg

Posted by Trish Riley, July 5, 2011

What are they thinking???? –TR

The Obama administration and Congress insist that burning forests for electricity, a technology called biomass power incineration, is “clean and green” – right up there with solar and wind. But burning trees for power is bad economic policy, ruinous for forests and hazardous to your health.

Despite that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass Crop Assistance Program has established $461 million in subsidies for biomass development over the next fifteen years, while Congress has extended Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,paying for up to 30 percent of construction costs for new biomass facilities.

The states are responding enthusiastically to these incentives with plans for dozens of new forest incinerators centered in New England, the upper Midwest, Southeast, and Pacific Northwest where trees are plentiful. Eight new biomass incinerators are on tap for Ohio, and five in East Texas. Five more big facilities are planned for Massachusetts – a move calculated to quadruple logging in the state but only provide about one percent of its electricity. Florida, meanwhile, is processing permits for one of the biggest biomass facilities ever built, a 100-megawatt monster in Gainesville.

via Living Green Magazine – Don’t Burn Forests to Make Electricity By Josh Schlossberg.

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