Opinion: EPA must focus on forest fact versus fiction

23 September 2014

The use of forest products for energy has been termed “dirtier than coal” by some environmental activists. One environmental group has even launched an “our forests aren’t fuel” campaign, asserting that “big energy companies are burning forests to fuel power plants” and that “burning trees to produce electricity … creates more carbon pollution than coal, gas, and oil.”

However, recent scientific findings in the upcoming Journal of Forestry conclude that “the increased use of forest-derived materials most likely to be used for bioenergy in the United States results in low net greenhouse gas emissions, especially compared with fossil fuels.”

Who are we to believe, and which view will the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) support when it unveils its accounting method for bioenergy greenhouse gas emissions?

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