- MembersJoint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction or "Super Committee"
- Chris Van HollenSenator
- Max BaucusSenator
- William CowanSenator
- Jeff FlakeSenator
- Jeb HensarlingRepresentative
- James ClyburnRepresentative
- Fred UptonRepresentative
- Dave CampRepresentative
- Gary MillerRepresentative
- Pat ToomeySenator
Cut Billions in Wasteful Biomass Power Subsidies
Billions of taxpayer dollars a year are being taken from the wallets of struggling Americans to line the pockets of corporate profiteers pushing a costly, polluting, and controversial energy source, poorly disguised as “clean” energy -- "biomass" power incineration. Cutting federal subsidies for biomass power incineration is the low-hanging fruit for the Super Committee: the easiest way to cut wasteful federal spending, relieve an unnecessary burden from taxpayers, gain bi-partisan support, protect public health, and address our clean energy future.
- Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction or "Super Committee"
Chris Van Hollen
We, the undersigned, are writing to ask the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to make cuts in federal spending that will save American taxpayers up to billions of dollars per year and help prevent an increase in public health costs, pollution, and a worsening of climate change. We urge the Committee to cut subsidies for so-called “renewable” biomass and waste combustion for electricity—a polluting form of energy that competes with genuinely clean, renewable energy sources, such as community-scale solar and wind.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration calculates $1,117,000,000 of federal subsidies diverted to biomass combustion from direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research & development, Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program, and Federal & RUS electricity in 2010. As of May 2011, $102,532,534 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has financed the construction of nine biomass power facilities.
The Committee can protect American taxpayers from bearing the burden of these costly subsidies by eliminating federal supports for these uneconomical, controversial, and polluting biomass power facilities.
At a time when our nation is faced with a mounting federal deficit, record high unemployment, and a ballooning number of Americans who are struggling to pay the bills, cutting of government funding to private industries and corporations that take subsidies for industrial biomass power combustion must be on the table.
Scarce and precious taxpayer dollars that Americans expect to be to invested in the future of clean energy development must no longer be diverted to costly, inefficient, polluting, 19th century technology, which is in many ways worse than the dirty fossil fuels it would replace.
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