Friday, October 4, 2013

[biofuelwatch] Please Submit LETTERS TO THE EDITOR on Wildfire & Biomass Incineration





Greetings Bio-masochists:

As I’m sure you’re well aware, the mainstream media only sporadically covers the health and environmental impacts of biomass incineration. While we must keep putting out press releases and contacting reputable journalists, there’s another way for us to insert our perspective into the media: opinion pieces and letters to the editor.

Every month, the Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign votes on monthly topics relevant to biomass so we can incorporate them into our Campaign calls, The Biomass Monitor newsletter, action alerts and letters to the editor.

October’s topic is WILDFIRE. It’s nearly impossible to discuss biomass incineration out west without explaining how the fear of wildfire is being exploited by industry to cut and burn more forests for energy. With California’s Rim Fire still on people's minds, there’s ample opportunity to add our voices to this typically one-sided discussion.

Be a part of the national Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign by submitting a letter to the editor to your local or state newspaper focusing on the wildfire and biomass connection. Below are a few points (with links to references) you may choose to incorporate into your letter:

-Wildfire is a natural and essential component of western forest ecosystems

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/the_ecological_importance_of_californias_rim_fire/

-Large wildfires are nothing new

http://www.johnmuirproject.org/pdf/Hanson_Fire_Science_Aug_2013.pdf

-More logging won’t stop wildfire and can actually make fires more dangerous

http://wuerthner.blogspot.com/2008/12/logging-thinning-would-not-curtail.html              

-The only effective way to protect homes from wildfire is by creating defensible space 100-200 feet around a structure http://www.johnmuirproject.org/pdf/Cohen-Fire-Threat-to-Homes.pdf

-Burning more forests in biomass incinerators will only increase air pollution and CO2 emissions

http://saveamericasforests.org/Forests%20-%20Incinerators%20-%20Biomass/Documents/Briefing/index.html

http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20Assumptions.pdf

 

Please contact me at Josh@energyjustice.net if you submit a letter or if you need assistance crafting one.

In Solidarity,

Josh

--
Josh Schlossberg
Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign, Energy Justice Network

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