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Bioenergy Feedstocks at Low Risk for Invasion in the USA: a “White List” Approach

Description:
Proposed introductions of non-native bioenergy feedstocks have resulted in disagreements among industry, regulators, and environmental groups over unintended consequences, including invasion. Attempting to ban or “black list” known or high probability invasive species creates roadblocks without offering clear alternatives to industry representatives wishing to choose low invasion risk feedstocks. Therefore, a “white list” approach may offer a proactive policy solution for federal and state agencies seeking to incentivize the cultivation of promising new feedstocks without increasing the probability of non-native plant invasions in natural systems.

Related Topics:
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7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable

Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12Public

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