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Trump Backs Wood Power Scientists Call Dirtier Than Coal

  • Agencies say ‘biomass’ is carbon neutral and aids rural areas
  • Environmentalists say it increases carbon dioxide emissions
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The Trump administration endorsed burning trees and other biomass to produce energy on Thursday, vowing to promote a practice some scientists have declared more environmentally devastating than coal-fired power.

The Environmental Protection Agency joined the departments of Energy and Agriculture in a letter to congressional leaders committing to “encourage the use of biomass as an energy solution.” The EPA also reasserted its view that power plants burning trees and other woody materials to generate electricity should be viewed as carbon neutral, because when the plants eventually regrow they remove carbon dioxide from the air.