Chris Matera 
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Re: “With Backing from Key Institutions, Burlington to Pursue District Heating

What a colossal charade!

Biomass is NOT "clean" or "green".

McNeil is the biggest local source of air pollution in Vermont and emits hundreds of tons of toxic emissions each year. Additionally, according to the EPA, McNeil emits 400,000 TONS of CO2 per year at a rate per unit of energy produced 50% higher than a coal plant, but delusional Vermont waves a magic wand and succumbs to their own feel-good “carbon neutral” greenwashing and does not even counting these emissions.

Burning trees is NOT “carbon neutral”. It is hard to give up the truth fairy, but it is better in the long run.

If Vermont is serious about actually reducing its carbon footprint instead of just pretending so, McNeil (and Ryegate) tree-burning biomass facilities are going to have to close, and the energy replaced with genuinely clean sources and/or and Vermont is also going to have give up its new publicly subsidized programs for increased in tree burning.

Science Journal “Serious Biomass Accounting Error”
http://www.maforests.org/SCIENCE.pdf

Dr. Moomaw IPCC, Biomass NOT Carbon Neutral:
https://eubioenergy.com/2015/11/20/bioener…

90 Scientists Letter to Congress “Count Biomass Carbon”:
http://www.maforests.org/90scientistslette…

Logging, Bio-energy and Carbon Emissions:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/…

78 Scientists to EPA, Biomass Bad for Forests & Carbon:
http://www.maforests.org/76%20Scientist%20…

Dr Schlesinger, EPA should follow the science:
http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/209863-on…

Biomass Never Carbon Neutral From Trees:
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20Assumpt…

Biomass Biogenic Carbon, Same impacts:
http://www.maforests.org/BiogenicGeologic%…

European Environment Agency, Biomass Accounting Error:
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20energy%…

Schulze Et Al: “Biomass not carbon neutral”
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20energy%…

Dr Eric Johnson, “Biomass Carbon Neutrality” Mythbuster:
http://www.maforests.org/Carbon.pdf

PFPI, Biomass Basics:
http://www.pfpi.net/biomass-basics-2

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Posted by Chris Matera on 09/29/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Unilever to Buy Seventh Generation

Very sad indeed.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 09/20/2016 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Bayberry Commons Hopes to Grow Burlington's Housing Market — and a Community

Too bad this project downwind from McNeil biomass which belches tons of toxic air pollution, including more than 30 TONS per year of particulate matter.

http://www.maforests.org/VermontBiomassBio…

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Posted by Chris Matera on 09/18/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Developer Gets Permit for 232 Burlington Apartments, Offers Parkland

Oh boy, this project is right downwind from McNeil biomass belching tons of toxic air pollution, including more than 30 TONS per year of particulate matter.

http://www.maforests.org/VermontBiomassBio…

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Posted by Chris Matera on 09/18/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “World Climate Experts Converge for Conference in Burlington

Meanwhile Burlington ignores its own 1.5 coal plants.

According to the EPA, McNeil biomass pumps out 400,000 tons of CO2 per year at a rate per unit of energy produced at 150% of a coal plant and delusional Burlington waves a magic wand and pretends it is "green energy" and "carbon neutral".

No it isn't.

78 Scientists to EPA, Biomass Bad for Forests & Carbon:
http://www.maforests.org/76%20Scientist%20…

90 Scientists Letter to Congress “Count Biomass Carbon”:
http://www.maforests.org/90scientistslette…

Biomass Carbon Realities, Dr Harmon, Dr Searchinger, Dr Moomaw:
http://www.maforests.org/CarbHMS.pdf

Logging, Bio-energy and Carbon Emissions:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/…

Biomass Never Carbon Neutral From Trees:
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20Assumpt…

Biomass: Biogenic Carbon, Same impacts:
http://www.maforests.org/BiogenicGeologic%…

Science Journal “Serious Biomass Accounting Error”
http://www.maforests.org/SCIENCE.pdf

Science Journal “Accounting Error” explained:
http://www.princeton.edu/~tsearchi/writing…

European Environment Agency, Biomass Accounting Error:
http://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/governan…

“Biomass not carbon neutral” Schulze et al:
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20energy%…

Biomass: Dr Eric Johnson, “Biomass Carbon Neutrality” Mythbuster:
http://www.maforests.org/Carbon.pdf

NRDC: Don’t use Forests for Fuel:
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/slyutse/…

There is much more science as plain as the nose on our faces for anyone interest in biomass facts instead of dangerous industry fiction.

By the way, this is NOT an endorsement of coal, but just used to show how hypocritical Burlington really is.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 03/23/2016 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Annette Smith Is a Lightning Rod in the Renewable-Energy Debate

Much of the excuse given for increased wood burning is that it is “local”, but local pollution from wood is no better than local pollution from fossil fuels, it is just wrapped in feel good “green” delusion. In fact it is worse. Wood is 25% more carbon intense than oil, and 100% more than gas for heat, and is 50% more carbon intense than coal, 200% more than gas for electric. http://www.maforests.org/BioCheck.pdf

It can’t just be local, it has to be clean. What do you think West Virginians think of their coal? Good local energy!

Burning trees just because it is local is just as dumb, and anyone who claims they care about carbon emissions but wants to burn more trees is either a hypocrite or dumber than a stump.

I am NOT defending coal, or fossil fuels, just using the data to show how bad wood burning really is. The fact is, and always will be, burning wood is dirtier than burning fossil fuels, and further cutting of forests is not “green”. Just because one does not want to hear the facts does not change the physics and no amount of self-deluding greenwashing will change these are inconvenient truths.

Such policy madness and resulting public anger often occurs when someone has their hands in the cookie jar. With biomass, maybe the fact that Chris Recchia, Governor Shumlin’s Secretary of ANR was previously the executive director of The Biomass Energy Resource Center is the reason for such counterproductive public policy?

In summary, we need to stop following self-serving vested interests off the cliff and thoughtfully tap the boundless genuinely clean and green energy from the sun above, the earth below (geothermal), properly scaled and located wind and hydro, and reduce energy use through easily implemented conservation and efficiency measures.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 02/10/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Annette Smith Is a Lightning Rod in the Renewable-Energy Debate

As a citizen who believes we need to switch to genuinely clean and green energy, and that we should protect and restore the environment, I believe we are lucky to have Annette uncompromisingly fighting for the environment, and us.

If we were to rely on what has sadly become of heavily compromised Green Inc, we are doomed. No doubt there are well intentioned people within these organizations, but too many of these groups have sadly become impotent shadows of themselves due to their addiction to corporate/foundation money and careerist leadership by corporate players.

Consequently, “renewable” energy has too often morphed into a “green” gravy train for vested interests rather than something that actually helps the environment.

One important example is the tree-burning, aka. biomass madness.

Vermont is poised to force citizens to subsidize increased cutting and burning of forests allegedly to “help” the climate. Wood burning is a large portion of the so called “clean” energy plan, yet this is one of the dirtiest forms of energy that exists (even with the newest technology) and is significantly more carbon intense than fossil fuels. http://www.maforests.org/BioCheck.pdf

Supposedly “green” Vermont already has one of the highest rates of asthma in the entire country http://healthvermont.gov/research/asthma/d… in large part because Vermont has more wood burning pollution than any state in the country: http://www.vnews.com/news/16011119-95/vt-w…

The idea that increased forest logging and burning will “lower” atmospheric carbon emissions is delusional thinking insanity. Such delusional thinking includes McNeil biomass in Burlington which emits 450,000 TONS of CO2 each year according to the EPA, but Burlington waves a magic wand and pretends it doesn’t exist.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 02/10/2016 at 8:33 PM

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