Today, with the imminent release of the Governor’s Clean Energy Plan, 28 national to local organizations representing tens of thousands of North Carolinians sent an open letter to Governor Roy Cooper urging him to exercise all regulatory and political authority to stop the expansion of dirty energy projects throughout the state.
Biomass is not Renewable
The wood pellet industry is shipping North Carolina forests across the Atlantic to be burned in power stations and calling this “biomass” a renewable fuel. This worsens the climate crisis by turning carbon-absorbing living trees into a fuel that emits more carbon than coal when burned.
Enviva, the world’s largest wood pellet exporter, already has 3 mills in North Carolina and plans to build a fourth in Richmond County. Help stop the practice by joining the Dogwood Alliance’s Our Forests Aren’t Fuel campaign.
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The Concerned Citizens of Richmond County and Dogwood Alliance joined with faith, justice, health and science leaders to call on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to stop the continued growth of the wood pellet industry in the state.
A four-year-old biomass certification program has led to increased carbon dioxide emissions, accelerated the loss of natural forests, and created negative impacts on local communities – the very results it was designed to avoid, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Dogwood Alliance.