A bill written by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, would grant tax breaks and other incentives to biofuel or biomass-power projects that use wood from lodgepole pine trees destroyed by Rocky Mountain bark beetles. Since lumber from the dead trees is unsuitable for middle- or high-end applications, Udall thinks the biomass could be turned into feedstock for ethanol and other biofuels. Udall also sent a letter to the Department of Energy to express support for a proposed biomass-power facility in Vail, Colo.

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