The United States of America Meets the Planet Earth

by Tadeusz W. Patzek
Year: 2005


Patzek, T.W., "The United States of America Meets the Planet Earth," Presented at the National Press Club, Washington, D. C., August 23, 2005.


In a year, all vegetation in the USA delivers less biomass energy than the fossil and nuclear energy we consume. Most of the annual biomass production is committed to food, feed, lumber, paper pulp, fiber, etc., and is heavily subsidized with fossil fuels. Most of the remaining land is covered with sparse and remote vegetation, but some of it could be used for biofuel production. Compared with current energy use in the U.S., the impact of biomass is almost negligible, regardless of its source.