MCEA Staff blog regularly about current environmental issues and how they relate to MCEA's work.
Bill McKibben criticizes the proposals from the forest products industry to burn wood to produce electricity, and have it "deemed" carbon-neutral or carbon-friendly by an act of Congress. It's a bad idea, but, for a contracting timber industry, the prospect of manufactured wood pellets as a new fuel source for generation of electricity sounds great. We can expect to hear more about this from Minnesota's forest products industry, and we can expect lots of legislators to support it because it will feel like a win-win--help a struggling industry and do something good for the climate. The problem is that it won't be good for the climate, for the reasons McKibben outlines. We need to plant more trees, not cut more trees down.