Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[biofuelwatch] 2014 Farm Bill Logs National Forests for Bioenergy





So here's the interesting part...Whenever I talk to the Forest Service about logging for biomass, they insist that these logging operations would happen whether or not the biomass facility existed. Yet, this USDA press release directly contradicts that statement, basically saying that without the incentives, these trees wouldn't have been cut.

This is similar to when the biomass industry claims that the logging they do is only based on "residue" from logging that already is happening, yet somehow every time they build a new facility they tout how many more "jobs in the woods" they are creating. If it's just "residue," why would they need to hire more loggers?

So, which is it?

Josh

2014 Farm Bill Logs National Forests for Bioenergy

- December 17, 2014, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provided incentives for the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands for renewable energy, while reducing the risk of forest fire. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in the program...

READ MORE / COMMENT at The Biomass Monitor

--   Editor, The Biomass Monitor  Editor, Energy Justice Now


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Posted by: Josh Schlossberg <josh@energyjustice.net>



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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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