Target: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
Goal: Stop letting Congress pretend that burning down forests is a good thing.
The U.S. Senate is poised to give the logging industry permission to burn forests for energy in spite of the science saying that doing so will produce considerable carbon emissions. The Senate needs to pass an energy bill, but the one currently being considered contains a provision that requires the EPA and other government agencies to ignore the fact that burning biomass is bad for the environment and contributes to climate change.
It’s not news that burning trees produces smoke that contains carbon. In fact, the science shows that burning a tree for electricity produces 50 percent more carbon emissions than burning the equivalent amount of coal. At the same time, burning forests inevitably kills mass amounts of animals in a horrific fashion and destroys habitats. No one can guarantee that a fire can be controlled, and in an increasingly warm climate, wildfires are all the more devastating.
The provision in the Energy Policy Modernization Act requiring the government to ignore these truths is completely unacceptable. Logging corporations cannot be allowed to force those who are supposed to protect our environment to ignore climate science in order to further line their pockets. Sign our petition to demand that the Senate reject this bill unless this provision is removed.
Dear Senator Reid,
The Energy Policy Modernization Act currently contains a provision that requires the EPA and other government agencies that are supposed to protect our environment to ignore the simple science that burning forests produces a large amount of carbon emission. In fact, it belches 50 percent more carbon into our atmosphere than the equivalent amount of coal that would be used to produce the same amount of electricity.
It’s ridiculous to mandate that government agencies pretend scientific truths don’t exist. It’s dangerous to ignore truths that involve climate change, which is already rapidly worsening to the point of being catastrophic. Not only this, but it’s impossible to effectively protect animal species during a forest fire, and habitat destruction is a huge contributor to the loss of members of threatened and endangered species.
There is nothing good and certainly nothing sustainable about simply burning forests for energy. This provision is just a giveaway to logging companies and, if allowed through, would be a huge threat to our climate. You should be aware that global warming is already reaching very dangerous levels, and anything that would contribute to that must be stopped. Please ensure that Senate Democrats do whatever needs to be done to block this bill until the aforementioned provision is take out.
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