Thanks to Adam Macon, Campaign Director, Our Forests Aren’t Fuel, at the Dogwood Alliance for providing this action alert.
Right now, utilities in the U.S. are lining up to burn trees for electricity, releasing dangerous carbon pollution into the air and devastating hundreds of thousands of acres of Southern forests.
The science is clear: when power plants chop down our forests and burn them for electricity, it’s even dirtier than burning coal.
Burning our forests for fuel contributes heavily to climate change, and it also destroys one of our best tools to fight it: the trees that help absorb carbon emissions.
The EPA promised to analyze the climate impacts of burning trees and other organic matter for energy three years ago, and it took a lawsuit by us and our allies to force them to follow through.
We knew our science was right. The EPA’s own panel of science experts agreed and has told the agency to account for carbon pollution from utilities that burn trees.
With the new rules from the EPA on carbon emissions, we’re getting closer to curbing carbon pollution. But we can’t let false solutions to climate change like fracking and biomass get a free pass, ignoring how dirty and unsustainable it is to burn our trees.
For our forests and communities,