Leading from the Left

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Talkin' Turkey

Check out this article from the New York Times about Fibrowatt, a company that makes energy from poultry droppings. Here in North Carolina, Fibrowatt has been lobbying the General Assembly hard to be included in the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards bill that is being negotiated currently.

Now, after all I've written on this blog about renewable energy and looking for new ways of doing business, you'd think I...and other environmentalists like me...would be a big supporter of outfits that make energy from poultry waste. Well, it's a little more complicated than it might appear on the surface. I do favor using animal waste as an energy source whenever and where ever appropriate. Turkey droppings, as this article points out, aren't the best source however.

This New York Times article also demonstrates the success business is having at using climate change as a lobbying tactic and securing special tax incentives and other sweet heart deals. The lobbying is intense, and only time will tell of the NC General Assembly has the fortitude to withstand Fibrowatt's appeals or does North Carolina, like other some other states, include sketchy waste-to-energy programs in our Renewable Energy legislation.