Release: Over 75 Environmental and Community Groups Call on US Senate to Reject Energy Bill Over Dangerous Biomass Provisions

“The message from conservationists and communities across the country is clear, burning wood for electricity is bad for our climate and quality of life,” said Adam Macon from Dogwood Alliance. “The US Senate should stick to the business of protecting the people and environment, not create sweetheart deals for their favorite industries at the expense of the rest of us.”

The South Has a New Commodity Export (And Not Everyone Is Happy About It)

In the last five years, the South has seen explosive growth in wood pellet manufacturing—pellets which are being shipped across the Atlantic for use as a replacement fuel in Europe’s coal fired power plants. But while these exports are generating significant profits for European corporations, questions are being asked about both the environmental and economic consequences of this rapid expansion. From April 11th to the 14th, The International Biomass Conference & Expo will draw 1,500 attendees from across industry and government to Charlotte. The subject of wood pellet manufacturing and forest-to-biomass energy is likely to be a hot topic.

VICTORY! Southern Community Stops Wood Pellet Facility

In the rural town of White Oak, South Carolina, residents breathe a sigh of relief as their months of hard work pay off: this town will not be living with a wood pellet facility in their neighborhood! Stopping the wood pellet facility is a victory for our forests, our climate and our Southern communities.

Stronghold of Resilience: Activists in the South

Last week, Rita Frost and I left the office for a two week Outreach Tour to meet with people across the South who are passionate about protecting our Southern forests. We are here to learn what issues are important to them in their communities, and how Dogwood Alliance can support them. We are here to understand what their relationships are to their local and global forests.

Could EU Biomass Investigation Signal Relief for Southern Forests?

The European Union (EU) Commission recently announced an investigation into the state aid provided for the world’s largest forest destroyer for electricity, Drax. The taxpayer dollars that the UK is providing Drax to convert to burning Southern US forests for electricity is another example of why this destructive industry is moving us backwards away from a healthy, truly sustainable future.