Is Governor Patrick reversing his progressive position on “trees to energy?” An August 31 Boston Phoenix article (http://thephoenix.com/Boston/news/126080-devals-green-blues) says he is. The independent Manomet Report (www.manomet.org/node/322) was unequivocal in its conclusion that large scale forest biomass energy production is not a “carbon neutral energy source.” The only woody biomass, aka trees that should be burned to produce energy are wood chips and sawdust generated in normal lumber mill operations. Small scale biomass “combined heat heat and energy boilers” don’t need taxpayer subsidizes. Large scale woody biomass plants fueled by forests and taxpayer subsides are bad for the environment and bad for the taxpayer.
I share these concerns and have written to the administration urging them to go slower on subsidizing biomass burning.
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