Critics target burning wood for heat, electricity as a “climate problem” – Seven Days

Enthusiasm for burning wood to make heat and power is ebbing in New England. Now state forestry experts are trying to create a path forward for climate-friendly management and growth of Vermont forests.

"If burning trees for power is so bad for the climate, should the Burlington Electric Department, which operates McNeil, trumpet that its energy is all from renewable sources? Should ratepayers continue subsidizing power generated at Ryegate by up to $5 million per year? And are all those Vermonters stacking cords of wood in their yards or pallets of pellets in their garages actually contributing to climate pollution?"

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