2016 Challenge

What if our power plants could burn dry brush and forest waste

The best way to change somebody's behavior is to pay them. If power plants in wildfire prone areas could burn forest waste and dry brush to generate electricity.... and if they paid a bit of money for quantities of dry brush... then individuals and businesses would be encouraged to clear overgrowth, haul it to the power plant, and sell it. Adding the value of lives, property, and firefighting dollars saved to the benefit-cost analysis of this proposal makes it look pretty attractive. This proposal might be a bit off-point... but for certain parts of the country it's a good one.



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Idea No. 278