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07/15/2020
Activist Asks Bill McKibben to Help Stop Biomass Facility

Bill McKibben was a big supporter of biomass energy for years but has since come out against biomass electricity (one form of it).

In this clip from Episode 14 of the Green Root Podcast, Mike Ewall with Energy Justice Network--a group that works with communities to oppose biomass proposals--publicly asks McKibben to help stop a facility at Dartmouth College.

Clip from Green Root Podcast #14 where Mike Ewall, director of Energy Justice Network, asks prominent environmentalist Bill McKibben to help stop a biomass f...

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02/24/2020
The Biomass Monitor

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Biomass Energy Becomes Lightning Rod in Race for New Hampshire Governor- by Paul Steinhauser, August 29, 2018, Concord M...
09/01/2018
[NEWS] Biomass Energy Becomes Lightning Rod in Race for New Hampshire Governor

Biomass Energy Becomes Lightning Rod in Race for New Hampshire Governor

- by Paul Steinhauser, August 29, 2018, Concord Monitor

"With New Hampshire paying some of the highest energy bills in the country, it’s no surprise that the issue’s front and center in this year’s campaign for governor."

– by Paul Steinhauser, August 29, 2018, Concord Monitor With New Hampshire paying some of the highest energy bills in the country, it’s no surprise that the issue’s front and center in this y…

OSHA: Inadequate Training Contributed to Biomass Worker Death- by John Lippman, August 4, 2018, Valley News"Biomass powe...
08/30/2018
[NEWS] OSHA: Inadequate Training Contributed to Biomass Worker Death

OSHA: Inadequate Training Contributed to Biomass Worker Death

- by John Lippman, August 4, 2018, Valley News

"Biomass power plants, a warren of hazardous machinery, can be dangerous places to work, especially if care is not taken to ensure a safe working environment. This was made tragically clear when a young man was killed while working at Springfield Power last year."

– by John Lippman, August 4, 2018, Valley News Biomass power plants, a warren of hazardous machinery, can be dangerous places to work, especially if care is not taken to ensure a safe working…

UPDATED: Bioenergy Industry Fires and Explosions "The most recent bioenergy-related accident occurred on August 8, 2018 ...
08/30/2018
[EXCLUSIVE] Bioenergy Industry Fires and Explosions

UPDATED: Bioenergy Industry Fires and Explosions

"The most recent bioenergy-related accident occurred on August 8, 2018 when recycled wood ignited in an industrial hopper at E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows biomass power facility in Tinsley, UK."

Fires and/or explosions have occurred at over 50 industrial bioenergy facilities and storage areas over the last fifteen years, resulting in multiple injuries and nine deaths, based on research fro…

Beet Ethanol Refinery Breaks Ground in North Dakota- by Lisa Gibson, August 22, 2018, Ethanol Producer Magazine"An ethan...
08/29/2018
[NEWS] Beet Ethanol Refinery Breaks Ground in North Dakota

Beet Ethanol Refinery Breaks Ground in North Dakota

- by Lisa Gibson, August 22, 2018, Ethanol Producer Magazine

"An ethanol plant that will process sugar beet tailings, as well as potato and pasta processing waste held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 22"

– by Lisa Gibson, August 22, 2018, Ethanol Producer Magazine An ethanol plant that will process sugar beet tailings, as well as potato and pasta processing waste held a groundbreaking ceremon…

Anti-Waste Incineration Bill Fails in New York - by Cole Rosengren, June 21, 2018, Waste Dive"The New York State Assembl...
08/28/2018
[NEWS] Anti-Waste Incineration Bill Fails in New York

Anti-Waste Incineration Bill Fails in New York

- by Cole Rosengren, June 21, 2018, Waste Dive

"The New York State Assembly failed to pass A11214, meaning efforts to advance this proposed law are effectively stalled until the legislature returns for regular session in 2019."

– by Cole Rosengren, June 21, 2018, Waste Dive The New York State Assembly failed to pass A11214, meaning efforts to advance this proposed law are effectively stalled until the legislature re…

Activists: Sustain Veto of New Hampshire Biomass Burning Bill  - by Glynis Hart, August 24, 2018, Eagle TimesTwo bills a...
08/27/2018
[NEWS] Activists: Sustain Veto of New Hampshire Biomass Burning Bill

Activists: Sustain Veto of New Hampshire Biomass Burning Bill

- by Glynis Hart, August 24, 2018, Eagle Times

Two bills about renewable energy sources — biomass burning and small electrical generation originators — that were vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu June 19, drew public comment at the Claremont City Council meeting Wednesday."

– by Glynis Hart, August 24, 2018, Eagle Times Two bills about renewable energy sources — biomass burning and small electrical generation originators — that were vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu J…

EPA Proposes Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan- by Erin Voegele, August 21, 2018, Biomass Magazine"On Aug. 21, the U.S. E...
08/26/2018
[NEWS] EPA Proposes Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan

EPA Proposes Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan

- by Erin Voegele, August 21, 2018, Biomass Magazine

"On Aug. 21, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to create the Affordable Clean Energy program, which aims to establish emissions guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants."

– by Erin Voegele, August 21, 2018, Biomass Magazine On Aug. 21, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to create the Affordable Clean Energy program, which aims to establish emissions guideli…

Tucson, Arizona Looking at Biomass Power Generation- by David Wichner, July 2, 2018, Arizona Daily Star"After boosting i...
07/10/2018
[NEWS] Tucson, Arizona Looking at Biomass Power Generation

Tucson, Arizona Looking at Biomass Power Generation

- by David Wichner, July 2, 2018, Arizona Daily Star

"After boosting its solar power generation and adding wind-energy projects in recent years, Tucson Electric Power Co. is looking at biomass generation from burning wood or other organic matter."

– by David Wichner, July 2, 2018, Arizona Daily Star After boosting its solar power generation and adding wind-energy projects in recent years, Tucson Electric Power Co. is looking at biomass…

Third N.H. Biomass Company Winds Down Operations Following Energy Bill Veto- by Ethan DeWitt, July 3, 2018, Concord Moni...
07/09/2018
[NEWS] Third N.H. Biomass Company Winds Down Operations Following Energy Bill Veto

Third N.H. Biomass Company Winds Down Operations Following Energy Bill Veto

- by Ethan DeWitt, July 3, 2018, Concord Monitor

"A third biomass power company has made plans to temporarily wind down operations following Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill that sought to prop up the industry, an official confirmed on Tuesday."

– by Ethan DeWitt, July 3, 2018, Concord Monitor A third biomass power company has made plans to temporarily wind down operations following Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill that sought to p…

New Hampshire Loggers Say Biomass Subsidy Veto Hitting Them Hard- by John Lippman, June 30, 2018, Valley News"Eric Cole ...
07/06/2018
New Hampshire Loggers Say Biomass Subsidy Veto Hitting Them Hard

New Hampshire Loggers Say Biomass Subsidy Veto Hitting Them Hard

- by John Lippman, June 30, 2018, Valley News

"Eric Cole was at home on Poverty Lane making dinner earlier this month when his phone rang. One of his customers was calling with bad news: A new $390,000 logging skidder that Cole, a heavy equipment salesman, had just delivered would have to be returned."

– by John Lippman, June 30, 2018, Valley News Eric Cole was at home on Poverty Lane making dinner earlier this month when his phone rang. One of his customers was calling with bad news: A new…

New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Extending Subsidies to Biomass Facility - by Daniela Allee, June 27, 2018, NHPR"Govern...
07/06/2018
[NEWS] New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Extending Subsidies to Biomass Facility

New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Extending Subsidies to Biomass Facility

- by Daniela Allee, June 27, 2018, NHPR

"Governor Sununu signed a bill on Wednesday that would extend the subsidy for the Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin by three years."

– by Daniela Allee, June 27, 2018, NHPR Governor Sununu signed a bill on Wednesday that would extend the subsidy for the Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin by three years. Under a 2011 …

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Biomass Bill- by Ethan DeWitt, June 19, 2018, Concord Monitor"One bill, Senate Bill 365, w...
07/03/2018
[NEWS] New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Biomass Bill

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Biomass Bill

- by Ethan DeWitt, June 19, 2018, Concord Monitor

"One bill, Senate Bill 365, would require utilities to purchase power from New Hampshire’s six independent biomass power plants. Supporters of the bill said on Tuesday it was critical to the survival of the plants and the 900 jobs they support, including one plant in Penacook. But Sununu said on Tuesday that the bill amounted to an “immense subsidy” for the companies."

– by Ethan DeWitt, June 19, 2018, Concord Monitor Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed two energy-related bills on Tuesday in a bid to block efforts he says would have cost electric ratepayers…

Farm Bill Benefits Bioenergy Industry - by Erin Voegele, June 29, 2018, Biomass Magazine"The Energy Title includes a var...
06/30/2018
[NEWS] Farm Bill Benefits Bioenergy Industry

Farm Bill Benefits Bioenergy Industry

- by Erin Voegele, June 29, 2018, Biomass Magazine

"The Energy Title includes a variety of programs that benefit the bioenergy and biofuels industries, including the Biomass Research and Development Initiative; the Biobased Markets Program; the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Product Manufacturing Assistance Program; the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels; the Rural Energy for America Program; and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program."

– by Erin Voegele, June 29, 2018, Biomass Magazine On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agric…

The summer 2018 issue of The Biomass Monitor is out: On Neutral Ground?https://bit.ly/2JZo1XKFEATURE: "Did Trump’s Quest...
06/22/2018

The summer 2018 issue of The Biomass Monitor is out:

On Neutral Ground?

https://bit.ly/2JZo1XK

FEATURE: "Did Trump’s Quest for 'Energy Dominance' Factor into EPA’s Carbon Neutral Biomass Decision?"

OPINION (PRO): "Biomass Energy is Carbon Neutral" by Tim Echols, Vice Chair, Georgia Public Service Commission

OPINION (CON): "Biomass Energy is NOT Carbon Neutral" by Scot Quaranda, Communications Director, Dogwood Alliance

Financial Concerns Around Idle Texas Biomass Facility - by Mark Lisheron, May 7, 2018, Texas Monitor"For almost six year...
06/12/2018
[NEWS] Financial Concerns Around Idle Texas Biomass Facility

Financial Concerns Around Idle Texas Biomass Facility

- by Mark Lisheron, May 7, 2018, Texas Monitor

"For almost six years, Austin Energy customers have been paying about $54 million a year for a power plant in East Texas not to produce biomass energy."

#biomass #energy #texas

– by Mark Lisheron, May 7, 2018, Texas Monitor For almost six years, Austin Energy customers have been paying about $54 million a year for a power plant in East Texas not to produce biomass e…

Solar Surpasses Biomass in U.S. Electricity Generation - by Rukhushan Mir, May 10, 2018, Urdu Point"Electricity generati...
06/11/2018
[NEWS] Solar Surpasses Biomass in U.S. Electricity Generation

Solar Surpasses Biomass in U.S. Electricity Generation

- by Rukhushan Mir, May 10, 2018, Urdu Point

"Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing annual generation from biomass resources for the first time, the U.S."

#biomass #energy #solar

– by Rukhushan Mir, May 10, 2018, Urdu Point Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing annual generation from…

Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Not Dead- by Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker, June 7, 2018, Bloomberg News"A day aft...
06/10/2018
[NEWS] Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Not Dead

Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Not Dead

- by Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker, June 7, 2018, Bloomberg News

"A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz."

#biofuels

– by Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker, June 7, 2018, Bloomberg News A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chi…

Maine Utility Regulators Approve $1.2 Million Subsidy For Biomass Facility - by Steve Mistler, April 5, 2018, Maine Publ...
06/08/2018
[NEWS] Maine Utility Regulators Approve $1.2 Million Subsidy For Biomass Facility

Maine Utility Regulators Approve $1.2 Million Subsidy For Biomass Facility

- by Steve Mistler, April 5, 2018, Maine Public Radio

"The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a $1.2 million taxpayer subsidy to an embattled biomass company operating two plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro."

#biomass #energy #maine

– by Steve Mistler, April 5, 2018, Maine Public Radio The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday to approve a $1.2 million taxpayer subsidy to an embattled biomass company operatin…

University of Maine Energy Proposal Calls for Biomass, Solar- by Tux Turkel, May 22, 2018, Portland Press Herald"The Uni...
06/07/2018
[NEWS] University of Maine Energy Proposal Calls for Biomass, Solar

University of Maine Energy Proposal Calls for Biomass, Solar

- by Tux Turkel, May 22, 2018, Portland Press Herald

"The University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the university system and Honeywell International."

#biomass #energy #maine

– by Tux Turkel, May 22, 2018, Portland Press Herald The University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally ha…

Arizona Biomass Developers Want Forest Service to Speed Up Forest Thinning- by Emery Cowan, May 26, 2018, Arizona Daily ...
06/06/2018
[NEWS] Arizona Biomass Developers Want Forest Service to Speed Up Forest Thinning

Arizona Biomass Developers Want Forest Service to Speed Up Forest Thinning

- by Emery Cowan, May 26, 2018, Arizona Daily Sun

"APS is looking for new proposals that would use the small trees and branches from Arizona forests to generate a small portion of the energy the utility sends to customers around the state."

#biomass #energy #arizona

– by Emery Cowan, May 26, 2018, Arizona Daily Sun APS is looking for new proposals that would use the small trees and branches from Arizona forests to generate a small portion of the energy t…

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Not Moving Forward This Year- by Avory Brookins, June 1, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio"A Rho...
06/03/2018
[NEWS] Rhode Island Biomass Bill Not Moving Forward This Year

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Not Moving Forward This Year

- by Avory Brookins, June 1, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

"A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session."

#biomass #rhodeisland

– by Avory Brookins, June 1, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session. Biomass …

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Sparks Debate Between Environmentalists, Energy Developers- by Avory Brookins, May 21, 2018, R...
05/25/2018
[NEWS] Rhode Island Biomass Bill Sparks Debate Between Environmentalists, Energy Developers

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Sparks Debate Between Environmentalists, Energy Developers

- by Avory Brookins, May 21, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

"Environmentalists and green energy companies in Rhode Island are at odds over a bill that could advance the development of biomass power plants in the state."

– by Avory Brookins, May 21, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio Environmentalists and green energy companies in Rhode Island are at odds over a bill that could advance the development of biomass…

Forest Biofuel Facility Gets Go-Ahead in Oregon- by Kurt Liedteke, April 15, 2018, Herald and News"After countless meeti...
05/18/2018
[NEWS] Forest Biofuel Facility Gets Go-Ahead in Oregon

Forest Biofuel Facility Gets Go-Ahead in Oregon

- by Kurt Liedteke, April 15, 2018, Herald and News

"After countless meetings, hearings, discussions and planning, all hurdles have been cleared for construction of a new renewable energy biofuels plant in Lake County."

#biofuel #oregon

– by Kurt Liedteke, April 15, 2018, Herald and News After countless meetings, hearings, discussions and planning, all hurdles have been cleared for construction of a new renewable energy biof…

EPA Makes Decision on Carbon Neutrality of Biomass Energy– April 23, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency"Today, d...
04/26/2018
[NEWS] EPA Makes Decision on Carbon Neutrality of Biomass Energy

EPA Makes Decision on Carbon Neutrality of Biomass Energy

– April 23, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"Today, during a meeting with Georgia forestry leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt discussed the importance of environmental stewardship and announced a new decision on the carbon neutrality of forest biomass."

#biomass #energy #EPA

– April 23, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Today, during a meeting with Georgia forestry leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt discussed t…

The Society of Professional Journalists was kind enough to give Josh Schlossberg, editor of The Biomass Monitor, two awa...
04/23/2018
Will Colorado Communities Adapt to Climate-Driven Wildfire? - Boulder Weekly

The Society of Professional Journalists was kind enough to give Josh Schlossberg, editor of The Biomass Monitor, two awards at the Top of the Rockies - Excellence in Journalism Awards (Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah) ceremony.

Josh won 1st place in Agriculture and Environment for "Buried in the Past?" his piece about the opening of the lands around Rocky Flats--the former nuclear weapons facility--to recreation.

Here's the link: http://www.boulderweekly.com/news/buried-in-the-past/

Josh also won 3rd place for Science and Technology for "Will Colorado Communities Adapt to Climate-Driven Wildfire?" his article about recent studies determining the best way for people to protect their homes from burning.

Here's the link: http://www.boulderweekly.com/news/will-colorado-communities-adapt-to-climate-driven-wildfire/

Josh wants to thank all of his readers and sources!

“It never crossed my mind,” says Nederland resident Rick Rudstrom when asked if he had ever considered the possibility of his home burning in a wildfire. But all that changed on July 9, 2016, when the Cold Springs Fire ignited and spread from a campfire left burning in the nearby forest on that ...

[OPINION] National Forest Project Bad for Environment and Climate– by Rocky Smith, Forest Management Analyst"In late Dec...
04/18/2018
[OPINION] National Forest Project Bad for Environment and Climate

[OPINION] National Forest Project Bad for Environment and Climate

– by Rocky Smith, Forest Management Analyst

"In late December, 2017, the White River National Forest proposed to approve the Upper Fryingpan Vegetation Management Project in an area northwest of Aspen, Colorado, with more than 1,400 acres of clearcuts and 400 acres of less intense logging... The project is strongly opposed by many local residents and conservation organizations."

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Energy Justice Network did a review of the popular and controversial new documentary, Planet of the Humans, which features Biomass Monitor editor, Josh Schlossberg while he was with Energy Justice. Thankfully, the biomass part of this film, filmed 8 years ago, is still totally accurate. That cannot be said for some other parts of the film, which misrepresents the state of the wind and solar industry. Check out this review of what the film got right, wrong and missed -- and please share!
Anyone want to educate the author
Why is it when I go to a story I get page can't be found?
Please sign: Save the orangutans and tigers – tell the EU to drop biofuels! https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1111/save-the-orangutans-and-tigers-tell-the-eu-to-drop-biofuels?t=3896 345,294 signatures so far – please SHARE!
Yet another climate crime to add to Pruitt's mounting list....
My heart bleeds for these guys....not really...
Huh? Non toxic!?