Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[biofuelwatch] Earth Island Journal: Will National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?





My most recent article is published today in Earth Island Journal. Would really appreciate it if folks could take a few minutes to post comments to show that people actually care about and are working on this issue, which will make EIJ more likely to run similar articles in the future.

Thanks,

Josh

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Will National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?

- by Josh Schlossberg, October 15, 2014, Earth Island Journal

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

If we’re to believe the biomass energy industry, the US Forest Service, and a chorus of politicians from both sides of the aisle, we can solve the energy crisis, cure climate change, and eradicate wildfire by logging and chipping our national forests and burning them up in biomass power facilities.

The plotline of their story goes something like this: Years of taxpayer-funded logging and fire suppression in federal forests (at the behest of the timber industry) has resulted in “overgrown” forests crawling with icky bugs, ticking time bombs ready to burst into flames. And the fix, it just so happens, involves even more taxpayer-funded logging and fire suppression, with the trees forked over to the biomass industry to burn in their incinerators and then the “green” electricity sold to utilities and eventually the public — at a premium... READ MORE 







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Josh Schlossberg

Editor & Journalist, Energy Justice Now
Editor & Journalist, The Biomass Monitor
Steering Committee, 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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