The extraordinary growth of American forests -- a 50 percent increase in volume since the 1950s -- is a major reason why biomass offers such significant carbon savings. New trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere, reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biomass. In fact, the net growth in U.S. forests offsets 13 percent of total U.S. CO2 emissions annually.
The Senate is right to recognize the carbon benefits of biomass energy. It is another important source of hope for bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions.
Roger Sedjo and Stephen Shaler, The Hill (5/31/16)