Biomass bill progresses

A bill in Congress could turn Oregon forests into power sources and economy builders.

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Congress is considering a bill that would give power to Oregon forests: Mills could burn biomass and sell the renewable energy to power companies.

Tucked into a sprawling, 1,200-page climate change bill before Congress today is a tiny paragraph that touches the federal forests covering a quarter of Oregon.

It says these lands, that already give us trails to hike and clean water to drink, can provide renewable power for our toasters while helping to replace long-gone lumbering jobs.

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