The Potential for Biomass Energy and the Implications for Climate Change

  • David C. Rinebolt
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 47)


Using wood and other types of biomass for fuel can slow the buildup of carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gases’ in the atmosphere. Growing biomass removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converts it to carbon stored in the plant fiber. As long as wood used for fuel is replaced by new wood growth a carbon cycle is created and there is no net increase in the amount of carbon dioxide released. To the extent that wood replaced by new growth is substituted for fossil fuels there is a net reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.


Wood Fiber Wood Waste Energy Information Administration Fossil Fuel Price Short Rotation Woody Crop 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Rinebolt
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  1. 1.Office of Representative Collin C. PetersonUSA

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