"The Unintended Ripples From the Biomass Subsidy Program"

"It sounded like a good idea: Provide a little government money to convert wood shavings and plant waste into renewable energy.

But as laudable as that goal sounds, it could end up causing more economic damage than good -- driving up the price of raw timber, undermining an industry that has long used sawdust and wood shavings to make affordable cabinetry, and highlighting the many challenges involved in decreasing the nation's dependence on oil by using organic materials to create biofuels"

Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post January 10, 2010.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010