Public Perceptions of Bioenergy

Public Perceptions of Bioenergy

Leslie Boby, Extension Associate, Southern Regional Extension Forestry; Sarah Hitchner, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia; William Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension Forester; Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University; Robert Radics, Research Associate, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University; and John Schelhas, Research Forester, US Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Business, Finance, and Economics, Conservation Education, and Policy and Administration

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Opportunities for converting biomass to biofuels are strong, and ongoing research is continually leading to improved technologies. Despite these advancements and the potential environmental, economic, and social benefits to the American public, members of the “bioenergy web” (e.g., biomass producers and consumers; employees of the bioenergy, forestry, and transportation sectors; members and leaders of rural communities; policymakers), have varying – and sometimes conflicting – opinions about the use of biomass for bioenergy development. Understanding these different perceptions and the potential beliefs behind them is important for overcoming barriers to the continued development of a strong biofuels economy. 

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