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[NEWS] Two Alaska Communities Receive $1.65 Million Forest Service Grants for Biomass

– by Jillian Rogers, May 20, 2016, KHNS

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Haines is one of just two Alaska communities to be awarded large wood-innovation grants from the U.S. Forest Service. The other is the Hydaburg School District.

The Haines Borough will get $250,000 to use toward expanding a wood energy, or biomass, heating system.

According to a Forest Service release, 77 applications were received nationwide with 42 grants awarded after a competitive process.

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Burning Our Forests to Power the Grid

– by Dr. Luis Contreras

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In early February, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015,” to allow coal-fired power plants to harvest U.S. National Forests and burn the trees to power the grid. The August 2015 “Modernization Act,” of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, ignores wind and solar energy and promotes increased fossil fuel production, pipelines, and mining permits. The new amendment promotes replacing coal with wood pellets and harvesting National Forests.

Who benefits from the new rules? Coal-fired power plants, wood pellet mills, Big Timber, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the pulp and paper industry are at the top of the list.

What is the social cost of the proposed rules? The extreme floods, wildfires, droughts, insect infestation, high temperatures, and other impacts of abrupt climate change in 2015 would increase. Deforestation, loss of drinking water, air pollution, poor public health from wood smoke, river contamination from continued use of coal-fired power plants and wood pellet mills, loss of biodiversity and wildlife, and many other negative impacts come to mind.

How is burning wood pellets to replace coal justified? The rules are based on flawed logic, ignorance, and deception.

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