US Environment Protection Agency on Tuesday announced that burning wood is carbon neutral. The announcement was made by Agency’s administrator Scott Pruit during a meeting with leaders of Georgia Forestry.
A statement issued by the Environment Protection Agency reads, “In the meeting with members of the forestry community, Administrator Pruitt issued a statement of policy making clear, that future regulatory actions on biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. The Agency will also be assessing options for incorporating non-forest biomass as carbon neutral into future actions.”
Pruitt said, “Today’s announcement grants America’s foresters much-needed certainty and clarity with respect to the carbon neutrality of forest biomass.” He also called this change a win for sustainable energy and forestry industry.
Earlier in February, Pruitt suggested that global warming may actually be good for human beings. He had previously denied that carbon-dioxide was the key driver of climate change.
Interestingly, Pruitt served as the attorney general of Oklahoma before being appointed by Trump administration to the EPA. During his term at Oklahoma, Pruitt had sued EPA 13 times. At the time of his nomination, Huffington Post wrote, “It’s a safe assumption that Pruitt could be the most hostile EPA administrator toward clean air and safe drinking water in history.”
A New York Times report suggests that Pruitt while serving as Oklahoma Attorney General, used his position to deliver favourable regulatory actions and government contracts to his business associates.