US Federal Policy

Federal policies promoting burning forests for fuel are undermining climate action and harming communities.

In the US, our federal work focuses on shaping national climate and forest policy. With the persistent threat of the biomass industry pushing for energy subsidies and unsustainable harvesting of American forests, PFPI fights to limit the role of biomass in our energy sector, advance science and protect nature. To promote the integrity of environmental policy, PFPI works to ensure science-based standards for energy and carbon accounting. We collaborate with climate justice advocates around the country to increase awareness of the health and environmental impacts of biomass energy and advocate for forest protection, healthy communities and clean renewable energy.

Key resources:
The Bioenergy Boom from the Federal Stimulus: Outcomes and Lessons (2018)
Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal (2014)
Burning Money: Biomass Gasification and the DOE Loan Guarantee Program (2013)


Groups call on Congress to ditch the biomass “carbon neutrality” rider

More than 100 local, state, and national organizations are urging House and Senate leaders to keep the biomass carbon…

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PFPI Statement on Selection of Tom Vilsack as USDA Secretary

Biden taps Vilsack for agriculture post – can we afford more business as usual?

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EPA rears up, acknowledges co-firing biomass with coal increases GHG emissions

Combustion physics lend support to a minor rebellion against lawmakers who legislated biomass as “carbon neutral”

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Groups Urge Senator Udall to Clean Up His Renewable Energy Bill

Why are pro-climate action legislators still advocating burning trees for energy?

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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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New report reveals negative community and financial impacts of bioenergy boom

The elite group of plants receiving hundreds of millions in taxpayer handouts had cost overruns, air and water violations, early closures, and lawsuits.

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Trump Coal Power Plan Could Increase Use of Forest Biomass as Coal Replacement

Allowing states to co-fire biomass with coal will undermine the main objective of increasing coal plant efficiency

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Pruitt’s parting shot: a Clean Power Plan that will actually increase CO2 emissions

Co-firing biomass with coal will increase emissions, decrease power plant efficiency, and increase forest destruction, to boot.

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Comments to EPA on “Regulatory Reform”

Regulatory reform at EPA is a stalking horse for gutting environmental protections. Citizens must watch EPA’s process carefully to ensure it doesn’t give away the store on a clean and safe environment.

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Status of amendments that would force EPA to treat bioenergy as carbon neutral, and the urgent need for legislative opposition

Legislating that biomass energy has no carbon pollution is legislating a lie.

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