|Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon. Photo: Wyden|
Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon is advocating for increased production of sustainable biomass to heat and power homes and businesses while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas.
Wyden issued two letters to Senate appropriators in March, highlighting the important role of biomass programs at the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Energy. According to Wyden, bioenergy not only provides a source of low-carbon energy, it provides a way to utilize dead trees, underbrush and other wood material that overcrowd forests and worsen the risk of wildfires. As a result, the production of biomass energy helps restore healthier, more resilient forests. More here.