Energy Resource Land Use Impacts Are Complex Questions

Any discussion of energy resources, including biomass fuels, has to consider land use impacts.  The analysis must  differentiate between impacts via land use changes (conversion of land area), versus those that are totally derived from existing land use patterns and have zero impact.  Environmental analyses of energy resources such as solid waste-to-energy (WTE) projects should also consider the land use issue of increasing landfill areas.

Be sure to read this article comparing land use impacts for petroleum and biofuels.

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