Forests are being burned for electricity, and the emissions are dirtier than coal. You read that right: the wood pellet industry is being promoted as ‘clean power,' but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
We are seeing more and more whole trees from primary forests in Canada being chopped down to produce wood pellets that are then exported around the world. It can take decades to centuries for forests to regain the majority of their carbon storage after being logged, whereas burning wood quickly dumps mass amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Amidst an ever growing climate crisis, we simply can’t afford to keep chopping down primary forests to make a fuel that’s dirtier than coal. Yet the wood pellet industry is being subsidized by governments internationally to the tune of billions of dollars a year, instead of funding real climate solutions. We need people around the world to stop decision makers in their tracks before this industry explodes.
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