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Wood-burning power plants: Misguided climate change solution?

November 9, 2013

It is hysterical to think that the solution to coal fueled power plants, is to switch to wood! The brilliant people trying to save the ecosystem are beyond stupid! Fire up the chain saws, and start cutting down trees to save the climate!

Watts Up With That?

clip_image002By Steve Goreham

Originally published in The Washington Times

Is wood the best fuel to generate electricity? Despite wood’s low energy density and high cost, utilities in the US and abroad are switching from coal to wood to produce electrical power. The switch to wood is driven by regulations from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other international organizations. These regulations are based on the false assumption that burning wood reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

Wood has never been a major fuel source for electrical power. In 1882, when Thomas Edison built the first power plant in New York at Pearl Street Station, he used coal to fire the plant. A switch to wood is not going back in time; it’s adopting a fuel that was regarded as inferior at the dawn of the electrical age.

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