APRIL 26, 2011
A few days after the Obama Administration proudly announced its latest multi million-dollar infusion for green energy plants, a news report reveals that the government-backed projects actually infest the air with a “toxic brew of pollutants.”To support the president’s aggressive push for renewable technology, the administration has steered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to dubious projects that claim to create energy that’s environmentally friendly. Instead, the new power plants are polluting the earth with nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and particulate matter. They also release thick plumes and visible dust and fail to monitor equipment or file emissions reports.Details of how Obama’s precious green power plants are actually destroying the climate are featured in an in-depth story published this week by an investigative journalism group. Known as biomass power plants, the facilities are promoted as innovative and environmentally-friendly generators of electricity that are popping up nationwide thanks to Uncle Sam’s generous contributions.Many powerful lawmakers, mostly Democrats, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have put their weight behind the biomass plants, which burn trees, construction debris, poultry litter and agricultural mass to create alternative energy. However, concerns about health hazards have created alarms in communities where the plants operate.Not to worry because the politically-connected and government-backed biomass industry has managed to delay for three years a study into claims that pollution from their factories contaminates the air and harms health. There have even been reports that the variety of pollutants contribute to asthma and heart disease.In the meantime, the government keeps pouring big bucks into the biomass power industry. Earlier this month the USDA and the Department of Energy allocated $30 million to a“Biomass Research and Development Initiative” that promises to help advance “biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products.” This is simply part of Obama’s goal to ensure a cleaner, safer and more secure energy future, according to his Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.Obama’s Energy Secretary (Steven Chu) asserts that the biomass projects will reduceAmerica’s dependence on imported oil, which in turn, will improve the nation’s “energy security” and give it an “innovative edge in the global market for clean energy technologies.” How can you argue with that?
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