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The U.S. Congress is considering wood pellets as a carbon neutral fuel source

Wood pellets could power the U.S. power plants in the near future.


Donald Trump vowed a week ago that he plans to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports in order to help the U.S. timber industry, but yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget bill that creates way for nearly $1.2 trillion in federal spending, which directs the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to consider biomass as a carbon neutral energy source.

Biomass (wood pellets, wood chips) is considered a renewable energy source due to the fact that trees grow back, but scientists consider that burning biomass is more harmful for the environment than burning fossil fuels.

The lawmakers passed the spending bill because they want to push the U.S. government agencies to promote the use of wood pellets for power plants instead of fossil fuels.

The EU considers biomass as a carbon neutral energy source and provides subsidies for its production.

It seems that the new bill is only appreciated by the U.S. biomass industry group and the National Alliance of Forest Owners, while the environmentalist groups are against the measure, saying that the use of biomass will only increase the level of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

The new bill that will keep the U.S. government funded through the end of the fiscal year (by Sept. 30, 2017), is now moving to the Senate, which is expected to pass it before the deadline (midnight Friday).

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