EPA’s biomass climate mess

Dr. Roger Sedjo of Resource for the Future, and Dr. Stephen Shaler of the University of Maine wrote recently that, “[A]s the biomass industry steadily expanded, forest stocks in the American South – a key source of raw biomass – have actually increased by almost 1.2 billion tons of volume…. [F]or every ton of low quality hardwood removed for biomass energy each year, forests are growing an additional 2.4 tons of volume.” They added that, “Removing biomass from growing forests… helps prevent wildfires – themselves a source of CO2 pollution – by clearing out dense undergrowth that increases fire risk.” Today, carbon storage in our forests offsets thirteen percent of US CO2 emissions annually.

Janaki Alavalapati, The Hill (12/19/16)