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Today, many scientist believe emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are leading to unusually high warming of the atmosphere – global warming. The theory of global warming has gained international awareness and scrutiny, leading to a worldwide, concerted effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the nation’s waste-to-energy plants produce electricity with “less environmental impact than almost any other source of electricity.”
When a ton of trash is delivered to a waste-to-energy plant, several things happen: the energy content of the waste is retrieved, metals are recovered and recycled and electricity is generated.
A U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA)-sponsored lifecycle analysis evaluated a variety of waste management options and their associated environmental and energy impacts, and found that waste-to-energy does the most to reduce greenhouse gas releases into the atmosphere.
EPA’s Municipal Solid Waste Decision Support Tool has demonstrated that a modern waste-to-energy plant provides for the avoidance of greenhouse gases through three different operations:
You won’t believe where this is located. Right Next To Indian Point!! Let’s get more trash! Hey New York City. Send us your trash so it doesn’t sit in a landfill in Pennsylvania! Boom!
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