This is a guest post by Mary Booth from Partnership for Policy Integrity
Recently, Senate friends of industrial bioenergy proposed – and passed – an amendment to the Senate version of the Murkowski Energy Bill that compels EPA to treat burning biomass as “carbon neutral.”
Bioenergy isn’t carbon neutral, of course, at least not in any timeframe we care about for addressing climate change. Wood-burning power plants emit more CO2 than coal plants, per megawatt-hour, and re-growing trees to sequester that carbon takes decades. Even when the wood fuel comes from “waste,” the emissions from burning it exceed those from coal.