Report highlights potential effects of climate bill on U.S. land use

08/26/2009 | Bloomberg · Investor's Business Daily

The proposed U.S. climate change bill, which seeks to increase power generated from biofuels and wind turbines, would boost the amount of land required for energy development by up to 48% over the next two decades, according to a study from the Nature Conservancy. The measure "could have a significant impact on land use in the U.S., but it might not if it's properly designed," said Robert McDonald, the report's lead author. Biomass for producing electricity, as well as corn-based biofuel, takes up the most land per unit of energy generated, while nuclear requires the least space, the report added.

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