Biomass proving a pile of waste in Japan

For all you alternative energy advocates who can’t throw away taxpayer dollars fast enough in a quest to “do something” about global warming comes this cautionary tale from the Far East.

None of the Japanese government’s 214 biomass promotion projects — with public funding coming to 6.55 trillion yen — over the past six years has produced effective results in the struggle against global warming, according to an official report released last week, the Japan Times reported.

For those of you who don’t happen to have a yen-to-dollar converter handy, that’s the equivalent of a little less than $79 billion dollars.

While results aren’t known for all the projects yet, Japanese officials aren’t thrilled with the lack of results.

“The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, which evaluates public works projects, urged the agriculture and five other ministries conducting biomass projects using sewage sludge, garbage and wood, to take corrective action,” the paper reported.

Of course, closer to home, this sort of news would be greeted in some circles with, yes, a plea for more money for biomass.

(HT: Coyote Blog)

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