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Scott Pruitt wades into a fraught science debate, declaring biomass burning 'carbon neutral'

Apr 23, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

Scott Pruitt's Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the burning of biomass, such as trees, for energy in many cases will be considered "carbon neutral" by the agency.

"Today's announcement grants America's foresters much-needed certainty and clarity with respect to the carbon neutrality of forest biomass," Pruitt said at an event with forest industry leaders in Georgia.

But the idea that biomass is carbon neutral is contentious among scientists, who fear that forests, o...