RISI VIEWPOINT: Taking away wood power as a viable alternative energy source could bring back landfills and tipi burners. Is this what the "antis" want?

RISI VIEWPOINT: Taking away wood power as a viable alternative energy source could bring back landfills and tipi burners. Is this what the "antis" want?

LOST RIVER, WV, Dec. 6, 2012 (Viewpoint) - By William R. Perritt, Senior Editor, RISI

A Canadian forester recently transplanted to the States asked what sweeping federal policies exist concerning utilization of wood biomass for energy, to which I could only answer, "None." What we do have is a schizophrenic regulatory landscape, in which about 30 states have actual renewable energy targets, but no federal mandate.

With the divisive four-year political cycle, chances are pretty slim a cohesive US renewable energy policy will ever come to bear. Terms like "cap-and-trade" appear in the national dialog, only to be twisted, shot down, and turned into four-letter words before any rational discussion can take place. Little wonder we are no closer to a federal renewable standard now than we were four years ago.



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