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Over-regulation as the Obstacle to ‘Green’ Energy

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, government isn’t the solution to clean energy — it’s the problem. Boston Herald:

The proposed state and federal biomass rules will burden forest landowners with unnecessary regulation while sending a “go away” message to entrepreneurs looking at Massachusetts.

In 2007 the Patrick administration touted biomass – a renewable form of heat and electricity fueled by burning waste wood – as a potential $80 million-a-year industry with the potential to create hundreds of permanent jobs and thousands of construction jobs.

Less than three years later, the administration has released proposed biomass regulations so onerous and silly, they threaten to kill the nascent industry. In the process, the governor’s team is poised to waste tens of millions of dollars that has been invested by the government and the private sector.

The Patrick administration’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is not the only government agency looking to wrap up biomass in red tape. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an overreaching regulation that will equate biomass emissions with those of coal, if allowed to stand.

What gives when it comes to biomass? To start, a lot of green jobs. Prior to its stunning about-face on biomass, the Patrick administration projected nearly 600 new positions and some 2,250 construction jobs by 2015.

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