In Washington, Triple Pundit offers a cynical if entertaining and erudite analysis of Senate Bill 3381, a bill that defines what is, and what is not, permitted sources for biomass feedstock, including a provision to make dead trees on federal lands available as a renewable energy source. The bill certifies that the applicable standard is that offered under the 2008 Farm Bill and extends the definition to all uses of renewable biomass and trees.
Triple Pundit exhibits a suspicion that “lax federal oversight” of the logging of federal lands will result in a host of “biocrop plantations” replacing the “natural habitat and ecosystem benefits of a diverse natural growth forest. The federal government has a history of passing regulations but not hiring the manpower needed to enforce them.”
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