Forest Impact


Virginia Groups to EPA: Tree-burning Isn’t “Clean” Power

Dominion Power and other big utilities want to replace coal with wood, threatening forests and the climate.


Fracking in the George Washington National Forest: An Unnecessary Risk

The Bureau of Land Management has a terrible track record for inspecting gas wells its own scientists have said are high risk. Now the George Washington National Forest is at risk from drilling, and BLM oversight.


Dispelling the myth of clean, green biomass power

How did something that emits so much conventional pollution, and more greenhouse gases than coal, come to be incentivized as “green” energy?


Bioenergy in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has spent millions of dollars in public funds on bioenergy that emits more pollution than oil and gas.


Biopower in CA: do claims about forest thinning and emissions hold up?

Plans for forest thinning and biopower in California would require logging millions of forest acres per year. Is this really the state’s “carbon free” renewable energy plan?


Claims of “clean” energy uncovered for Vermont’s next high emissions biomass plant

The biomass plant proposed for North Springfield VT will be a large source of pollution and use unsustainable amounts of wood for fuel.

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Massachusetts Cuts Renewable Energy Subsidies for Biomass Power

The State of Massachusetts is serious about reducing carbon emissions and policymakers realized that providing renewable energy subsidies to a technology that makes climate change worse didn’t make sense.


Massachusetts issues first-in-the-nation limits on biomass energy

High-emissions biomass power doesn’t belong in a renewable energy portfolio alongside no-emissions technologies like wind and solar.


New Survey Shows Americans Don’t Support Biomass Energy

Americans across the political spectrum want renewable energy that protects health and the environment, and understand that burning trees for energy is not “clean and green”.


“Renewable” biomass power cuts forests, pollutes the air, drains rivers, and worsens global warming

There’s no faster way to move carbon into the air than by cutting and burning forests, and permit data shows biomass is dirtier than coal. But consumers pay more for this so-called “clean” energy.

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Class action lawsuit alleges wood pellet maker Enviva is “engaged in textbook greenwashing”

We’re shocked – shocked! – to hear of Enviva’s “reckless disregard for the truth

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EU climate plan bets on non-existent technology to reduce emissions

Plans for climate neutrality rely on doubling biomass burning and trapping CO2 using geological storage, locking EU into climate failure.


Estonian law student takes on state-owned Finnish forestry company in battle to save her childhood singing fields

Case could make it easier for communities and NGOs to protect forests across Estonia, where vital woodland has been decimated by industrial logging

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An Ambitious Climate Plan that Doesn’t Waste Time on False Solutions

The US Climate Action Network (USCAN) Vision for Equitable Climate Action roundly rejects biomass energy and offers a progressive plan for saving the planet


“Paper Tiger” report shows new EU biomass rules greenlight increased forest destruction

Analysis supports appeal of lawsuit against EU on forest biomass

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Advocates Urge Mass Legislature to Pass Bills Protecting Forests and Climate

Bill McKibben, E.O. Wilson, Join Call for Urgent Action


Enviro Advocates Call Out MA Gov. Baker For Promoting Dirty Fuels As Renewable Energy

If the Baker administration gets their way, more so-called “clean energy” in MA will come from burning garbage and biomass


The Truly Green Path Forward in 2019

Focusing on forests in the Green New Deal can create jobs and save the climate

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The IPCC’s Recipe for a Livable Planet: Grow Trees, Don’t Burn Them

Only one pathway avoids dangerous temperature rise without relying on unscalable and unproven technologies.


Environmentalists applaud UK Government decision to restrict subsidies for new biomass power stations

Decision is key to protecting forests in the US Southeast, which are being cleared to fuel UK wood pellet demand


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