Europe’s most popular source of ‘renewable’ energy is worse for the planet than coal

Europe’s biggest source of renewable energy is actually terrible for the environment.

We’re not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.

Burning wood — technically labeled a “renewable” resource since more trees can be replanted and they’ll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union’s largest source of “renewable” energy, and will continue to be through the year 2020, according to the European Parliament.

Yet using wood biomass in power plants is heating the atmosphere faster than using coal does, a deeply reported Climate Central investigation found.



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