What Is BECCS? Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage Isn’t as Green as We Think

Guest Post By Spencer Moyle, Climate Impacts Stanback Fellow 2023. Have you ever wondered about Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)? Have you heard that it may hinder the transition to clean energy? BECCS aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But in reality, burning wood pellets releases more carbon than fossil fuels. Solar and […]

Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy: What’s the Difference?

You’re probably familiar with the terms clean energy, green energy, and renewable energy from the news. You may even think that they mean roughly the same thing. I’m sorry to say that’s not the case. (It’s ok, you’re not alone in that.) It turns out that each of the three terms differ from one another […]


The Economic Benefits of Solar Power

Fossil fuels (especially coal and natural gas) are still the largest source of energy in the United States. Together, they accounted for 59% of the total electricity generation in the country in 2020. The air pollution fossil fuels cause every year is aggravating climate change and endangering the health of millions of people. In 2018, […]

Forest Friday with Zev Friedman

We met the founder of Co-operate WNC, Zev Friedman, at Earthaven Ecovillage. Earthaven Ecovillage is an intentional community near Asheville that focuses on learning and living sustainably through natural building, organic farming, and community collaboration. Zev walked us around the neighborhood where we saw gardens and a set of solar panels, that took up about […]

Leading the Charge to Keep Biomass Out of the Clean Power Plan

Unfortunately, climate deniers and special interests are fighting tooth and nail to destroy or water down this plan. Despite the fact that our forests are our best defense against climate change and the scientific community widely views burning forests for electricity as the wrong direction, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering including biomass electricity as a potential pathway for meeting the goals of the plan.