Alternative roles for biomass in coping with greenhouse warming

D.O. Hall, H.E. Mynick, R.H. Williams, "Alternative roles for biomass in coping with greenhouse warming," Science & Global Security, 2, no. 2-3, (1991): 113-151.
Displacing fossil fuel with biomass grown sustainably and converted into useful energy with modern conversion technologies would greatly reduce the build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere. This use of biomass for fossil fuel substitution would be far more effective in decreasing atmospheric CO2 than sequestering carbon in trees. Some industrial restructuring would be required to bring about a major energy role for biomass. However, the prospect that electricity and liquid fuel from biomass could often be less costly than from coal and petroleum makes this strategy for coping with greenhouse warming inherently easier to implement than many alternatives.

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