Three medical doctors and a scientist presented the first-ever Congressional briefing on the health hazards of biomass incineration in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on September 25, 2012. The briefing was arranged and sponsored by Save America's Forests.
Pediatricians William Sammons, M.D. of Massachusetts and Norma Kreilein, M.D. of Indiana, William Blackley, M.D. of North Carolina, and Rachel Smolker, Ph.D., co-director of Biofuelwatch, educated the attending staff of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the toxic... READ MORE
Medical Doctors Brief Congress on Biomass Energy Health Hazards
Bronchogenic Carcinoma, aka lung cancer (Chapel Hill School of Medicine)
New Report Slams "Sustainable" Biomass Energy
Biomass energy is not sustainable at an industrial scale, according to a new report by Biofuelwatch, an international organization based in the US and United Kingdom (UK). Sustainable Biomass: A Modern Myth, sounds the warning bell on trends that would make the UK the world’s largest consumer of biomass electricity, along with the inevitable impacts on the climate, forests, public health, and human rights.
The first-of-its-kind report dissects “sustainability standards” being proposed... READ MORE
Southern Forests Felled for UK Biomass Incinerators
- by Scot Quaranda, Dogwood Alliance
Utility companies have been devising schemes to burn large amounts of wood from Southern forests for electricity. Recently, there has been an alarming increase in wood from our forests turned into pellets which are then shipped to Europe and burned for electricity by big utility companies to meet short sighted EU climate requirements. Currently there are 25 operational export pellet mills in the region with approximately 15 more planned across the South.
Essentially, we are destroying our Southern forests so Europe can burn them to meet its climate goals, which are based on the mistaken blanket assumption that biomass energy is carbon neutral... READ MORE
Carbon Accounting Errors Skew Burlington, Vermont's Climate Plan
The City of Burlington, Vermont’s Draft Climate Action Plan reports only a fraction of the carbon dioxide (CO2) smokestack emissions from the McNeil Generating Station—a 50 megawatt biomass incinerator supplying roughly one-third of the city’s electricity—hindering the city’s efforts to accurately measure and reduce its carbon footprint.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates McNeil’s CO2 emissions alone at 444,646 tons per year yet the Burlington Plan reports the entire City of Burlington’s emissions for 2007, from all sources, at 397,272.4 tons. Critics contend that the inaccurate carbon accounting invalidates... READ MORE
Are Pro-Logging Green Groups Hurting Anti-Biomass Movement?
- by George Wuerthner
It seems more and more there are fewer conservation organizations who speak for the forest, and more that speak for the timber industry. Many conservation groups have uncritically adopted views that support more logging of our public lands based upon increasingly disputed ideas about forest health, fire ecology as well as age-old bias against natural processes like wildfire and beetles.
I tend to believe that their support for logging represents a failure to challenge many of the flawed assumptions that are guiding federal logging programs and in some cases even repeating many of the same pejorative language helps to undermine in the long term conservation efforts. After all if the public believes our forests are sick and unhealthy; that logging will cure them; that logging... READ MORE
Beyond Burning: Harnessing Energy Created By Our Bodies
- by Eco20-20.com
Kinetic energy is formed whenever we move around. Harnessing that power by various forms of technology allows that energy to be transformed into electrical power and used for a number of applications. It is happening at this very time in various locations and in many ways.
From soldiers with specially fitted backpacks to bras, phones, and other applications to gather kinetic energy, our daily activities can possibly create enough power to run the appliances and lights around us... READ MORE