Can America Salvage Its Waste-to-Energy Opportunities?
"So why hasn’t energy recovery become a staple of America’s renewable energy portfolio, as it has elsewhere?" asks Dylan Scott. "After all, it’s earned the endorsement of groups like the American Chemistry Council and the Center for American Progress (CAP). Researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that burning waste for energy, as the Alexandria plant does, is better for the environment and produces more power than burying it in a landfill and then attempting to extract energy later."
"Advocates blame the negative connotation much of the public has with trash incineration, the deep pockets of the landfill lobby, and the vocal coalition that argues America's goal should be eliminating waste altogether -- not turning it into a business."