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Re: “The Sound of Silence: Bernie Sanders Spurns Seven Days for 1,000 Days

Seven Days, particularly Paula Routly needs to get over itself/herself. Maybe then it can grow up beyond the provincial, self-serving publication that it is.

I am sure Bernie has his reasons, but my personal experience is that Seven Days would not even print a respectful letter to the editor about biomass simply because the content did not fit the editors world view.

Chris Matera

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Posted by Chris Matera on 01/24/2018 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Hard Lesson: A UVM Econ Prof Fights to Keep His Job

Bravo Professor Summa, keep fighting the good fight for a sane economic system.

Infinite growth (and beyond!) on a finite planet is impossible and insane and going to destroy the planet and the people.

It has already destroyed the souls of too many of us. This is what you are fighting against:

http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/dont_…

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Posted by Chris Matera on 03/16/2017 at 9:21 AM

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

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