Biden administration seeks to lower industrial greenhouse gas emissions — and that won’t be easy, [bill needs teeth for good or better results-AB] Last week, the Department of Energy released a four-part “roadmap” laying out the possible pathways to decarbonizing the industrial economy.

Note: pellets carbon emissions worse than I ik and gas-AB (see below):

“Many scientists have long been skeptical of biomass’s climate benefits. Wood releases more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity produced than coal or gas, and a newly planted tree can take decades to reabsorb the carbon dioxide emitted by burning. ‘Wood is a sucky fuel,’ said Tim Searchinger, a researcher at Princeton.

“In 2009, a group he led wrote in the journal Science protesting what they called a ‘critical climate accounting error.’ They argued that certain major international climate policies and legislation designed to reduce countries’ greenhouse gas emissions allow nations to burn biomass and discount their smokestack emissions but fail to account for the carbon losses caused by cutting down trees to burn them.

“‘It’s just cheating,’ Mr. Searchinger said.”

Source: In: N.Y.Times, reported from GARYSBURG, N.C. — Erin Schaff contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on April 22, 2021, Section A, Page 20 of the New York edition with the headline: A Fast-Growing Industry Embraces America’s Forests. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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