The mammoth pandemic stimulus and spending bill Congress passed last month includes billions of dollars to expand solar, and wind energy. These are good measures to address greenhouse gas emissions. But the bill also contains a rider that would undercut those efforts.
A provision added to the bill, pushed for by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, declares that cutting down trees and burning them for energy is carbon-neutral. This, of course, makes no sense. Burning wood will add to global warming – even if the wood replaces coal or natural gas, as scientific organizations and hundreds of scientists have long argued.