Often I write against “green energy”, which I am aware stymies many people who read my posts, website and books, but the reason is simple: because a lot of what is touted as green energy plays upon the ignorance of the general public and their aptitude for wishful thinking and their tendency to fall for trendy terms. Like solar panels despite the rare earths required to make them, and wind farms despite their detrimental effects on bat and raptor populations.
Nova Scotia is a province with a long tradition of government and big industry going to bed together and having orgies of bad ideas, and then like cheating spouses, lying to the public about it all along the way. “Biomass” is just such a scam.
In the biomass scam, “green energy” (notice that awesomely trendy wording) is created through the apparently harmless act of entirely denuding–right down to the roots–an entire forest and burning that forest in a biomass generator. I won’t mince words: the people from government officials to energy industry reps who brought it to you are knowingly and willingly lying to you when they tell you this is “environmentally friendly”. It is the equivalent of burning down the Amazon to grow cheap beef for MacDonald’s. There are few things more harmful you could to the land than biomass energy. The closest comparison I can think of is a massive oil spill or melting down a nuclear power plant.