Weekly Column of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) - U.S. Cannot Rely Solely on Renewable Energy

June 27 2010

 

Last week, The New York Times ran a story entitled “Biomass Under Scrutiny” about whether we’re accomplishing anything by displacing coal with biomass to produce clean electricity.  Biomass is essentially burning wood and other organic products in a sort of controlled bonfire to produce electricity.  Wood is natural, trees grow and re-grow—burn them up today and more trees grow tomorrow, but we can’t rely on biomass to replace significant amounts of the fossil-based electricity we get today from coal.