BIOMASS

Natural Resources Canada GHG Calculator confirms Nova Scotia forest bioenergy schemes are worse than coal
Post on this website Jan 3, 2017.

Forest Biomass Energy Policy in the Maritime Provinces: Accounting for Science
East Coast Environmental Law Report by Jamie Simpson, Dec. 2015. “We evaluate whether government policy on forest biomass in the Maritimes is keeping pace with science. Is the harvest of forest biomass sustainable from a biodiversity perspective and does the burning of forest biomass reduce overall carbon emissions? If not, then should governments continue to offer incentives to make forest biomass energy economically feasible?”

Stop destroying Nova Scotia’s forests for biomass power generation
Started by a St. Margaret’s Bay resident in March 2016, this electronic petition garnered more than 25000 signatures in less than 10 days. Likely as a result, the province amended renewable electricity regulations, eliminating the “must run” designation for the Port Hawkesbury biomass plant. (View CBC news item.) As well, it led to the creation of the Nova Scotia Healthy Forest Coalition. The petition remains open. A paper petition for submission to the Nova Scotia legislature is now in circulation.

Healthy Forests Coalition Biomass Briefing Notes
Key issues are identified by the Healthy Forests Coalition.

If we can't burn it, we'll find another way to use it.

“If we can’t burn it, we’ll find another way to use it. After all, we pay next to nothing for it.”

First steps on a crooked path
Short Update on Biomass, July 20, 2016. “On April 8, 2016, the NS Government announced that the Nova Scotia Power biomass plant will no longer run 24/7, which the Ecology Action Centre and others called ‘a great first step’ to eliminating biomass”… However, it wasn’t long before alternative uses of the “low grade” wood were being promoted such as marine biofuels…”

Feeding the Fire Biomass and Nova Scotia’s Race for the Bottom
Article by Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner, March 4, 2016. She explains why “calling biomass “renewable” in Nova Scotia is about as inconsistent as giving up liberty for freedom. It’s basically a lie and in the context of how forestry is done in this province it’s about as Orwellian as you can get.”

Oh Dear, “Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy”
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The Great Carbon Scam
Article in new Scientist 21 Sep 2016. You may have to take out a free membership to view the article. It describes why biomass burned to produce electricity should not be counted as renewable energy.