Burning Biomass for fuel will not protect us from wildfire! 

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Please watch this very important film as soon as you can.  “BURNED: are trees the new coal?“ about the devastating impacts of the biomass industry is available online.  Biomass is being billed as clean, green and sustainable but it is just the opposite, even more impactful than burning coal.https://burnedthemovie.com

Senator Feinstein introduces a flawed bill, S. 4431 “Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020”  

Opposing organizations including the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, and National Parks Conservation Association, collectively representing millions of Americans,are saying that rather than focusing on making our homes and communities safer, the bill would result in increased unregulated logging in areas far from communities and call for more biomass energy production. 

Read more here to find out why the bill will not do what it says it will do. 

PRESS RELEASE 

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) have co-authored a bill, S.4431, the “Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020” which would increase wildfire risks to communities and ignore environmental laws. Opposing organizations including the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, and National Parks Conservation Association, collectively representing millions of Americans,are saying that rather than focusing on making our homes and communities safer, the bill would result in increased unregulated logging in areas far from communities.

Congress needs to directly support communities in hardening homes and creating defensible space, rather than spending hundreds of millions for increased logging efforts – which have exacerbated recent fires in the West in areas where clear-cutting and thinning operations have removed the largest, most fire-resistant trees. 

  1. 4431 is calling for more biomass energy production, which spews carbon dioxide and other toxic byproducts into the air by the ton. This bill completely ignores the value of forests as storehouses of carbon.  

Burning forest products in biomass plants is ineffective in protecting communities and forests during wildfire, is expensive, while masquerading as clean energy, and relies on government subsidies, hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars, so fewer dollars are then available for making us safer. Spending more on biomass would also take finite resources away from true clean energy sources.

  1. 4431 is a discredited, unscientific initiative that will take us in the wrong direction. It is not a climate solution, will cause heavy increases in carbon released into the atmosphere and will drastically reduce the ability of forests to store and sequester carbon. The top fire scientists have shown us that we need to focus on defensible space and on creating and maintaining fire-safe homes. This bill needs to be completely modified, focusing on protecting homes and communities.

Editors: For further info please contact Jenny Blaker, jennyb01@wllw.net, 707 792 4422

 Please contact your senators: Let them know you oppose S4431. 

 Joe_Petrzelka@feinstein.senate.gov (DC staff for Feinstein) or 202-224-3841

Isaac_Irby@harris.senate.gov   or 202-224-3553 Senator Harris who is sponsoring a better bill S.2882 – “The Wildfire Defence Act “

 Bryan_Petit@energy.senate.gov (Dem staff for Senate ENR)