02 May '11, 2pm

#Biomass isn’t as renewable as it seems when it’s fuel from forests. Let's call it #biomess

Government should protect us, not the polluters. In the search for alternatives to coal and other fossil fuels, power companies are looking at an energy source called biomass, which is any kind of plant matter that was recently alive. Biomass can be turned into ethanol or burned like coal to generate heat and electricity. Many types of plant matter can be used for biomass energy, including specialized crops grown responsibly just for that purpose. But now some companies are targeting wood from forests as an easy source of biomass. They want Congress to help them use our forest lands, even treasured National Forests, for energy production. The Impacts There are three main reasons we should be very concerned about how biomass for electricity is produced, and whether it comes from forests or other sources. Forest Destruction You can plant new trees, but forests aren't 'renewa...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/energy/forestsnotfuel/

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