Why Use Biomass Energy?
Today, California is highly reliant on burning fossil fuels to power the state. Burning fossil fuels release tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Using biomass energy has several advantages, especially when seen in the context of global climate change and greenhouse emissions. Burning biomass to produce energy has a “net zero” carbon impact on the atmosphere.
California is a leader in clean, renewable energy technology and policy. Our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and lessen our dependency on fossil fuels highlights more possibilities for the state to be energy independent.
In the West, forests have been hit hard by drought and pest infestations, leaving unmanageable and unsafe amounts of wildfire fuel in the forest creating ideal circumstances to spark catastrophic wildfires. We spend billions of dollars every year in the U.S. trying to control wildfires. Reduce hazardous fuel, which provide renewable energy and better protects forests from wildfires and offers a win- win situation for environmentalists, industry interests and taxpayers.
Forestry has a significant role and opportunity in providing renewable energy while safeguarding our forests from the threat of wildfires and boosting local economies.