Sen. Kit Bond calls for tax incentives, increased clean-energy output by businesses

Monday, August 23, 2010 | 1:48 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 23, 2010
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., participates in a round table discussion on biomass production on Monday morning at the Bond Life Sciences Center. "We have the opportunity in Missouri to be the Saudi Arabia of energy," Bond said regarding the state's potential to convert large supplies of grass and timber to clean energy.

COLUMBIA — Missouri Sen. Kit Bond is urging state lawmakers to make it easier for new businesses to turn sawdust, wood pellets and other unused forest products into a source of cleaner energy.



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The retiring Republican senator hosted a round-table discussion Monday intended to promote cleaner energy sources as a way to boost the state's economy. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that nearly 80 million cubic feet of logging residue sat idle in privately owned Missouri forests in 2007. State lumber mills accounted for another 80,000 tons of leftover sawdust.


Bond encouraged several state lawmakers, local elected leaders and business owners to support tax incentives to encourage the use of wood waste and other biomass products. That's the approach used by some southern states to promote the industry.



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Ellis Smith August 24, 2010 | 7:52 a.m.

No problem, as long as everyone understands that when you combust (burn) this fuel an end product is carbon dioxide. Am I suggesting that the fuel shouldn't be used? Not at all, but designating something as being "clean" doesn't alter combustion chemistry.

Solar, wind, and nuclear fusion are examples of power sources that do not create carbon dioxide.

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