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EPA Declares Burning Woody Biomass Is Carbon Neutral

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Monday that burning trees is carbon neutral. The announcement, made by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during a meeting with Georgia forestry leaders, signals an administrative policy shift that will treat all burning of biomass as carbon-neutral “when used for energy production at stationary sources,” according to an EPA statement. […]

Congress Confirms Biomass Should Help Fight Climate Change

In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate just passed a far-ranging energy bill. Critics have quickly homed in on a unanimously adopted amendment recognizing the renewability and carbon benefits of biomass energy derived from wood and plant material. That designation puts biomass in the same category as wind, solar, and other renewables in […]

Oregon Gov. Vetoes Energy Bill

Oregon Gov. Kulongoski recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed existing biomass, hydropower and municipal solid waste facilities built before 1995 to qualify for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The standard dictates that 25%  of all retail electricity sales in Oregon must come from renewables by 2025. Proponents of the bill argued that it […]

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