The Use of Wood as Fuel in North America: Prospects and Problems

Thomas P. Huber
Eve C. Gruntfest
Lise Lapalme-Roy

DOI: 10.2190/53G7-810J-0VK9-R2PU


The increases in wood use for heating and power generation since the 1973 oil embargo have been staggering. More wood burning leads to positive and negative ramifications for the affected economies and the local environments. This article describes and evaluates efforts by state and federal governments to mitigate negative tradeoffs of increased wood burning in the United States and Canada.

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