Wood energy under fire

A planned wood-burning plant will release less pollution, but more carbon dioxide.

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Seneca Sustainable Energy plans to build a wood-burning plant by the end of the year that will release less pollution than burning slash piles.

But the plant, which will qualify for millions in tax credits, will also release more greenhouse gases than a comparable coal-fired plant.

Supporters, including state and federal leaders, say wood energy is effectively carbon neutral because the carbon emitted in burning it will be balanced by new trees that pull carbon from the atmosphere…

But community and environmental activists are raising questions about the wisdom of treating wood energy as green power.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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