Web Resource Informs Debate on Biomass Energy

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A new resource is available to inform the national and regional debate on biomass energy from wood. The site contains questions and answers, links to scientific papers, and tools for citizens to take action.

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The site slices through the rhetoric and hyperbole in the discussion on biomass energy.

As the EPA solicits comments on deferring the regulation of biomass energy greenhouse gas emissions, the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) made available a website dedicated to offering information to inform the national dialogue on renewable biomass energy from wood.

David P. Tenny, President and CEO of the National Alliance of Forest Owners, said, "The site slices through the rhetoric and hyperbole in the discussion on biomass energy by offering credible information so policy makers can make an informed decision about our energy future."

The site, available at http://www.renewablebiomass.org, contains:

o    Why won't forest owners use whole forests or large, healthy trees for bioenergy?
o    Why do we need forest biomass in addition to other renewable sources, such as wind and solar?
o    Why is forest biomass energy sustainable?
o    Why is forest biomass energy beneficial to the atmosphere?

The EPA is soliciting public comments on the proposed rule until May 5, 2011.

NAFO is an organization of private forest owners committed to advancing federal policies that promote the economic and environmental benefits of privately-owned forests at the national level. NAFO membership encompasses more than 79 million acres of private forestland in 47 states. Private, working forests in the U.S. support 2.5 million jobs. To see the full economic impact of America’s working forests, visit http://www.nafoalliance.org/economic-impact-report.

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