Speaker: Biomass a ‘colossal mistake’

March 31, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joyce Tarnow for this article from the Traverse City Record-Eagle in Michigan.

Biomass? Try “biomess.”

That’s the message Rachel Smolker had for a large crowd gathered to explore the local and statewide ramifications of a wood-burning power plant in Traverse City.

Smolker, a forest researcher and climate advocate, came as a guest of the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council to speak about Traverse City Light & Power’s biomass plans.

About 100 people gathered in a conference room at the Traverse Area District Library Monday night as she expressed her concerns. Biomass plants pollute no less than coal facilities, she said, and their proliferation is a significant threat to the nation’s forests.

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