Think Wood Pellets are Green? Think Again.

NRDC logoThis is a re-post from NRDC.

  • NRDC’s new modeling shows that wood pellet fuel made of whole trees sourced from areas in the U.S. Southeast will emit carbon pollution comparable to fossil fuels when burned to produce electricity.
  • Unfortunately, the biomass wood pellet industry in the southeastern United States is expanding rapidly, driven largely by exports to Europe in response to flawed policy incentives on renewable resources that regard all biomass as carbon neutral.
  • The wood pellet industry has the responsibility to come clean with the public, investors, and regulators by disclosing the makeup of its fuels, and to take steps to ensure that its pellets do not increase carbon emissions.

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