The EPA vs. Maine’s Sustainable Energy Industry
Another example of the environmentalists as the impediment to the sustainable energy future they dream of:
EPA puts Maine’s Biomass Industry on Notice
That’s right: the EPA placed Maine’s most prominent source of power – and one of only a handful of large-scale, environmentally-conscious energy projects in the country – on its list of carbon-causing industries in need of reform. And although the EPA issued this list back in May, they still haven’t carved out any exemptions for biomass or biogenic sources of energy, leaving them to be treated exactly the same as any other producer of greenhouse gasses – even ones who operate exclusively in a carbon neutral manner. Obviously, this comes as a bit of a shock to the biomass industry, who are afraid that biomass producers will just turn right back to fossil fuels.
This would not only mean the potential end of what the industry claims is a clean and renewable form of energy production, refusing to allow this exemption could be disastrous to Maine. Senator Susan Collins noted that Maine’s biomass plans, paper mills and industry facilities could face closures, leading to major job losses and a disastrous economic impact. She noted in June that at least 14 facilities in Maine alone would be on the chopping block, to say nothing for the national impact.
It seems particularly counter-intuitive for a country in dire economic straits to not only put an industry out of business, but one that seems to represent the future of renewable energy production.