Please tell your MP: No subsidies for forest-destroying biomass electricity
The government is cutting subsidies for genuinely low carbon onshore wind and solar power, yet at the same time, Drax power station is on track to pocketing nearly £2 million in renewable energy subsidies every single day for burning millions of tonnes of wood pellets in addition to coal every year.
The UK burns more wood in power stations than any other country in Europe. Companies like Drax, who have been lobbying hard for generous subsidies, are importing millions of tonnes of wood pellets, many of them made from whole trees from clear-cut wetland forests in the southern US. Those are forests teeming with plant and animal species, many of them endangered and some of them – such as the Venus flytrap – found nowhere else in the wild. Cutting down such forest ecosystems fuels climate change, too. Many peer-reviewed studies, including DECC's own, confirm that burning wood pellets sourced in this way can be even worse for the climate than burning coal.
This industry is unviable without renewable energy subsidies - subsidies which ought to be reserved for genuinely low carbon and renewable forms of energy.
Please ask your MP to call on the new government change its energy policy. Support needs to go towards energy efficiency, home insulation and truly climate-friendly renewable such as sustainable wind and solar power – not to dirty, destructive and high-carbon biomass electricity.
Many MP's may not themselves have heard about the impacts of large-scale bioenergy. And if an MP gets more than one letter on an issue it really moves it up the agenda!
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