By Genevieve Fraser
The state’s new biomass regulations shows a clear support for fossil fuels by focusing on CO2 emissions as outlined in the Manomet study. This flawed approach assures that we will continue to be awash in the toxins that fossil fuels spew. The study did this by ignoring the realities of the carbon cycle.
All human and mammal life function like mini-biomass plants. We all take in biomass as food and exhale CO2 which, in turn, is absorbed by vegetative life - trees, grass, etc. All fossil fuel gas is EXTRA to the present life cycle. Fossil fuels come from biomass that died eons ago, releases extra gas into the environment, and heats up the atmosphere causing climate change and weird weather patterns.
In addition, the Manomet study uses a woodlot for their findings as opposed to looking at a forest ecosystem as a whole. They postulate: one pine tree down, another needs to grow to complete the carbon cycle. As an analogy, imagine extrapolating information on the human population as a whole by analyzing one family. If that family fails to produce an heir and dies out, does the whole population die out? No. Neither does an entire forest derive its existence from one woodlot. Trees spring forth continuously. Cut one hemlock, and once the soil is exposed to sunlight again, dozens of seedlings will sprout in its place. The life cycle for trees, grass and other vegetative life is continuous, as is human life on the planet.