sustainability

Massachusetts Legislature Should Put the Brakes on Bad Biomass Regs

The regulations allow unprecedented double-dipping of renewable energy subsidies by polluting bioenergy

Air Pollution, All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, Massachusetts

Vermont’s plans for bioenergy threaten forests

“Until the state has a solid understanding of how much wood is realistically available without diminishing the long-term health and diversity of our forests, and until there is a protective harvesting standard in place, there should be a moratorium on any new, large-scale facilities in Vermont.”

Air Pollution, All posts, Carbon emissions, Forests, States, Vermont

Massachusetts Manomet Study: Biomass Worse Than Coal for 40 Years

The only independent, multi-stakeholder study of the carbon impacts of burning trees to generate electricity found that it would take 40 years of forest regrowth just to get to parity in carbon pollution with burning coal for those same four decades. To get to parity with natural gas would take almost a century.

All posts, Carbon emissions, Forests, Massachusetts, Reports

Washington State’s Carbon Ponzi Scheme

Acting as if the carbon emitted from trees cut and burned here will be sequestered by trees over there makes as much sense as letting a coal plant write off its emissions because it’s not cutting trees over there, either.

All posts, Carbon emissions, States, Washington

Carbon neutral? Think again.

The current boom in biomass energy depends entirely on the mutually reinforcing myths of renewability and carbon neutrality. But in practice, biomass energy is far carbon neutral and actually looks a lot more like coal and oil.

All posts, Carbon emissions, Science/Analysis