Right now, Massachusetts is considering approval for five new biomass plants.If built these plants would only generate 1% of our state's electricity but consume the equivalent of 50 football fields of trees every day!1
Massachusetts recently commissioned a study to look at the effects of burning trees for electricity and Gov. Patrick is considering stregthening the state's biomass regulations to protect our forests and our health.
Because trees grow back, forest biomass is currently treated as "renewable energy." But new science shows that inefficient and polluting biomass facilities emit even more greenhouse gases than most coal plants.
Our nation needs to move beyond coal and oil but we need to make sure we are replacing them with truly clean, renewable sources like wind and solar power.