Target: Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Goal: Reject European Union’s wood energy proposal that would increase the effects of climate change.
A new proposal brought forth to the European Union would increase the amount of energy created by burning wood, and also increase deforestation. In this proposal, power plants throughout Europe can label themselves as “green” if they use pellets from wood gathered from American forests instead of coal. A loophole in current regulations allows wood energy to be labeled as “clean energy.”
This “billion dollar” transatlantic trade, however, will have worse effects on the climate and environment than regular coal burning would. Studies have found that switching from coal to wood actually increases carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, the harvesting of wood pellets requires vast deforestation across American forests. Increased deforestation will reduce trees’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide, exacerbating the effects of climate change.
While it is admirable that countries are seeking ways to acquire cleaner, greener energy, moving forward with this wood energy proposal will do more harm than good. The European Union has the resources and ability to pursue methods of energy that are actually clean, like wind and solar. Sign the petition to demand that the European Commission listen to the warnings of scientists and reject the wood energy proposal.
Dear Mr. Ristori,
The European Commission is considering a proposal that would allow power plants to burn wood in an effort to be labeled as green energy sources. However, this wood, taken from American forests, will emit more carbon dioxide when burned than coal would. In addition, the lack of trees caused by this deforestation would prevent the carbon dioxide from being absorbed.
The European Commission is correct in believing that clean energy is the means of the future. However, wood burning is not the energy we should be dependent upon. While no source of energy is perfect, wind and solar energy are much cleaner than wood or coal. I ask that you and the European Commission reject the proposal and instead look for means of powering the European Union on real clean and green energy.
[Your Name Here]
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