Massachusetts is now reconsidering its position on wood-burning power plants, after a new study found use of New England forest biomass emits more greenhouse gases than coal. Activists in the state are pushing a ballot question, restricting the amount of carbon dioxide the power plants can emit. Gainesville was recently approved for the biomass plant, and the 30-year contract begins in 2013. Former chair of the Sierra Club of Gainesville Rob Brinkman disagrees with the Massachusetts study. WUFT-FM’s Mike Gillespie spoke with Brinkman about the study.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Brinkman.mp3]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said for the first time Monday that he supports having the state acquire thousands of acres to build a reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee to help battle toxic algal blooms.