Thursday, October 10, 2013

[biofuelwatch] TAKE ACTION & SPREAD THE WORD: Speak Up On “National Bioenergy Truth Day” – Thursday, October 17





Speak Up On ��National Bioenergy Truth Day�� �� Thursday, October 17 ��

Please take 5 minutes of your time on Thursday, October 17 to make phone calls to select members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (listed below with talking points) to voice your opposition to the latest piece of legislation that would open the door to dozens more air-polluting, climate-changing, water-fouling, forest-trashing biomass incinerators.

The biomass incineration industry has dubbed Thursday, October 17, 2013 ��National Bioenergy Day.�� Biomass energy and logging corporations will be holding events in collaboration with trade groups, schools, and universities across the U.S. and Canada to ��raise awareness about the benefits of bioenergy�� �� ��a.k.a. spew industry propaganda.

The Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign has renamed October 17 ��National Bioenergy Truth Day�� so we can unite the voices of our national network to expose the truth about the dire health and environmental consequences of biomass incineration.

Like the National Forest legislation recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives,�� Senator Ron Wyden��s (D-OR) framework would kick off a free-for-all logging fest in Oregon and lead the way to a similar logging binge in other Western states, financed by your tax dollars, and partly sold under the guise of unscientific ��wildfire prevention�� and phony ��restoration.�� The biomass energy industry is dependent on getting its hands on more forestst to ��to feed more hungry incinerators, so let��s cut them off at the source!

Please contact Samantha Chirillo at Energy Justice Network today (samantha [at] energyjustice [dot] net) with your pledge to call Congress on Thursday, October 17, to ensure that sound science and common sense are front and center on ��National Bioenergy Truth Day.�� (If the U.S. government has not reopened by October 17, we will reschedule the call-in day)

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Members - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Senator Ron Wyden (OR) - (202) 224-5244

Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) - (202) 224-3441��

Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) - (202) 224-5653

Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) - (202) 224-5521

Senator Brian Schatz (HI) - (202) 224-3934

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TALKING POINTS:

������������������ Biomass energy is an air and climate polluter, NOT ��clean and green.��

������������������ More logging will worsen runaway climate change, increase soil erosion and flooding, foul watersheds, and kill fish and wildlife.

������������������ Backcountry logging can��t protect homes from wildfire, maintaining defensible space 100-200 feet around homes can.

������������ ������������������ Stop the export of raw and chipped logs to keep jobs and forests at home.��
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Josh Schlossberg
Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign, Energy Justice Network

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"Compromise is often necessary, but it ought not to originate with environmental leaders. Our role is to hold fast to what we believe is right, to fight for it, to find allies, and to adduce all possible arguments for our cause. If we cannot find enough vigor in us or our friends to win, then let someone else propose the compromise, which we must then work hard to coax our way. We thus become a nucleus around which activists can build and function." -- David Brower


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