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Attitudes Improving

I’ve come across more mainstream news articles lately that are not so blindly anti-biomass. Too often, the loud opinions of opposition groups catch the eyes and ears of reporters more than the business-as-usual demeanor of a developer.
By Lisa Gibson | February 03, 2012

I’ve come across more mainstream news articles lately that are not so blindly anti-biomass. Too often, the loud opinions of opposition groups catch the eyes and ears of reporters more than the business-as-usual demeanor of a developer or city councilor who is in favor of a biomass project.

 What reporter wants to talk to a calm man in a suit when she could pick the group of loud people holding signs and photos of what they believe to be smoke from a smokestack at a biomass plant? Even though most of those are actually of steam, the scene has more, you know…entertainment value.

 But I have begun to see a shift.  I hope. I can’t quite label it a trend, but mainstream biomass coverage has been more positive, and therefore more accurate.

Some small towns are anxiously waiting to fully realize the benefits sure to come with their proposed biomass plants. And big towns too. Chicago has a multi-faceted project in the works at a 93,500-square-foot former meat packing plant that includes, among many other operations, vertical farms and a beer brewery, with an anaerobic digester for the brewery waste. The anaerobic digester will provide energy for the 20 tenants of the three-story building. Neighbors are excited, as are alderman, and developers of the facility say even Mayor Rahm Emanuel has shown interest.

So maybe it’s not quite a trend, but might be the beginning of a transition to a less biased and more accurate portrayal of biomass in the U.S. It’s been hard to build up the biomass industry with so many misinformed people who have made it their main goal to ensure it crumbles. 

 

2 Responses

  1. Mark Trivett

    2012-02-03

    1

    Lisa, I appreciate your comments. I agree with you, I feel knowledge has begun to "fill in" where speculation has been laying. I am the Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast. I spent 2 hours in Vermont at a "town meeting" in December, discussing the wood basket, sustainable harvest, asthma... Some folks are so filled with fear and mis information... but we keep doing what we're doing cause we know it's right. Thank You Mark Trivett Laidig Systems, Inc. 574-256-0204 ext 261

  2. Richard Arthur

    2012-02-03

    2

    Right on Lisa. The regulatory process is slow but moving steadily toward approval of the biomass plant in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Jobs for an area that really needs them, improved forest health, reduced slash burns, renewable energy, etc. It appears most people "get it."

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