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Studies focus on drawbacks of biomass energy, benefits of Atlantic Ocean oil drilling

One study issued Thursday raised concerns about the effects on Southern forests of using wood to produce electricity while another promoted the economic benefits of drilling off the nation's Atlantic coast, including Florida.

The biomass energy report commissioned by the National Wildlife Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center raises concerns about natural forests being converted into pine plantations to feed energy plants. Some forests would benefit from thinning, researchers said, but there is a lack of regulation to guide forest management decisions.

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