I point this out not because I'm in favor of it, but because I think it's a trend worth watching: the Klamath Falls, Ore., newspaper, The Herald and News is reporting on a project to use biomass--namely, thinned trees--to generate electricity. Here's what the article has to say about the greenhouse gas effects of the project: A major wildfire would release large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. But the controlled use of that same wood for lumber or electrical production would be positive in terms of "greenhouse gas" emissions. Future fires would not release the same amount of carbon …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Clark Williams-Derry is research director for the Seattle-based Sightline Institute, a nonprofit sustainability think tank working to promote smart solutions for the Pacific Northwest. He was formerly the webmaster for Grist.
Maybe don’t drink this billion-year-old water
The feds get seriously creepy about climate change
This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off
Look who’s squealing now: GMO lovers freak over new study of sick pigs
Scientists have found “God’s bathtub,” a lake totally untouched by climate change