The Great Biomass Boondoggle

A handful of fuel from the then-new biomass facility at Drax Power Station, Selby, N. Yorkshire, England, 2013. - Anna Gowthorpe/PA Images via Getty Images

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The urgency of the climate crisis is inspiring some extreme and unproven ideas for how to hide carbon and cool the planet, such as ocean fertilization, turning CO2 into rocks, and seeding the atmosphere to dim the sun.

Arguably one of the most reckless ideas, though, is already well underway: burning “forest biomass”—that is, trees—in power plants as a replacement for coal. The problem with this so-called green energy source is that instead of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, it increases the amount of CO2 coming out of the smokestack compared to fossil fuels, and the climate “benefit” is claimed by simply not counting the emissions.

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Source: NYR Daily

 

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