Ocean Acidification from Green Energy

As promised, let's talk about ocean acidification. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "Ocean acidification (OA) refers to changes in global ocean carbon chemistry in response to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)." NOAA asserts that the surface absorption of CO2 in our oceans and Great Lakes is causing them to... Continue Reading →

Burning Trees for Clean Energy

Welcome back to my blog! It's pretty ridiculous when you think about it; chopping down forests and burning them to make clean energy. I remember the first time I read this article, it was all about how America was chopping down its trees to send to the UK as "renewable energy." I couldn't believe it; the more... Continue Reading →

Forests Are Climate Change Warriors

Welcome back to my blog! Let’s talk about forests. To understand the power of forests to sequester carbon, look no further than the yearly drop in CO2 levels from NOAA’s Mauna Loa station (graph below). Those dramatic seasonal drops are from forests absorbing gigatons of CO2 during their summer growth cycle. Our forests are doing... Continue Reading →

Felling Forests for Profit

Welcome back to my blog, and Happy Halloween! This week, I'm picking up where I left off talking about deforestation from biomass. There are lots of states that harvest trees for biomass energy and wood pellets, some of these include: Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Oregon and California. By far, America's southern states are the key battleground forests... Continue Reading →

Clearcutting Forest Certification

Welcome back to my blog! As promised, let's talk about forest certifications for the woody biomass industry. Keep in mind, when looking at the certification agencies for the woody biomass and wood pellet industries, we have to identify those agencies that are also certifying the timber industry, which supplies the biomass industry with their "certified... Continue Reading →

Who’s Watching the Biomass Watchers

Welcome back to my blog! This week let's talk about the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), which is a primary certifying agency for the wood pellet and woody biomass industry. SBP was formed in 2013 from the Initiative of Wood Pellet Buyers (IWPB), which was the leading agency that developed biomass and wood pellet standards in... Continue Reading →

America’s Wood Pellet Bonanza

Welcome back to my blog! As promised, let's talk about the residential U.S. wood pellet market. Unfortunately, the U.S. Government has been slow to get statistical numbers regarding the scope and amount of domestic wood pellet fuel in America. The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) just started collecting some data on wood pellet sales and... Continue Reading →

Chasing Carbon Neutral

Welcome back to my blog! This week we'll explore the meaning of carbon neutral. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, carbon-neutral is defined as, "Having or resulting in no net addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere." They also give another definition, "Counterbalancing the emission of carbon dioxide with carbon offsets." Additionally, according to UK's Cambridge Dictionary, carbon... Continue Reading →

The Big Green Con

Welcome to my blog! If you have an interest in global climate change, please keep reading... For those of you that don't know what biomass and biofuel is; according to Dictionary.com, it's "organic matter, especially plant matter, that can be converted to fuel and is therefor regarded as a potential energy source." There's an entire... Continue Reading →

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