They don’t count any of the CO2 emissions from the harvesting/processing and burning of biomass. (Do a search for Fixing a Critical Climate Accounting Error” by Searchinger, et al. I think it’s a good idea to use biomass, but the CO2 emissions should be counted just like they are for coal, gas, etc..
By Duggan Flanakin ~
One of the major “burning issues” of the day is whether burning wood as biomass is green – or at least green enough. The European Union has classified biomass as a carbon-neutral source of heat and electricity, and the U.S. government has endorsed its widespread use as a “clean” fuel whose use also helps reduce destruction from forest fires. But not everyone agrees.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) defines biomass as organic material that comes from plants and animals that is a renewable source of energy. Wood and wood processing wastes are used to heat buildings, produce process heat in industry, and generate electricity.
Biomass fuels provided about 5% of total primary energy use in the United States in 2017. Of that 5%, about 47% was from biofuels (mainly ethanol), 44% was from wood and wood-derived biomass, and 10% was from municipal waste.
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