Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Biomass isn't carbon neutral, study finds
Published: Feb. 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Burning wood for electricity instead of using fossil fuels might increase levels of atmospheric carbon, a study of the U.S. Southeast determined.

A study conducted for the National Wildlife Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center concluded that using wood for large-scale power plants could lead to higher levels of atmospheric carbon for the next half century.

"This study brings us to the crux of the matter regarding biomass electric power and atmospheric carbon, which is that consideration of near-term tipping points versus long-term carbon reductions must be assessed as we develop climate and energy policy," Andrea Colnes, policy director for the Biomass Energy Resource Center, said in a statement.

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