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Duke 1, Trees 0

An appeals court in North Carolina ruled unanimously Tuesday that Duke Energy can go ahead and burn wood in its coal-fired power plants and call it "renewable energy." Burning wood whole trees is not what environmental groups had in mind when they urged state lawmakers to pass a law several years ago "requiring power companies to generate a portion of their electricity from renewable sources including, 'biomass.'" As the Greensboro News and Record reports: "Omigosh, cried the Environmental Defense Fund and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. You're going to burn trees? They complained to the Utilities Commission, which ruled against them." They appealed to the courts, which also ruled against them Tuesday.