So on my way to work on Thursday I heard a little blurb on NPR about the new laws in NC mandating that energy companies get at least 10% of their energy from renewable sources. One of the sources outlined as “renewable” was biomass. According to the political definition this includes trees in general and the waste that is produced while cutting them down. So Duke Energy in their infinite wisdom has announced that they will begin clear cutting a vast amount of the trees on the properties they own so they can say they are using renewable resources. Why? Well they said that currently all the byproducts from the lumber industry in NC would not be sufficient to produce enough tree waste (biomass) to get them to their 10% mark. Hmmm, and how long will it take for those trees to grow back? Renewable? huh???