“We Can’t Wait!”—Bio-Energy Still Waiting

From an August 7 press release from the White House:  “Today, as a part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, President Obama announced that seven nationally and regionally significant solar and wind energy projects will be expedited, including projects in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming.  Together, these job-creating infrastructure projects would produce nearly 5,000 megawatts of clean energy—enough to power approximately 1.5 million homes—and support the President’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand American made energy.”


Without commenting on the advisability of subsidized federal renewable energy initiatives, we find it characteristic that within the world of expedited “all-of-the-above” energy projects, biomass-based systems remain invisible, in spite of the volume of diseased timber and fuel-loading in the very region on which the White House statement focuses.