As Future Forests + Jobs has reported, this News & Observer series is deeply misleading and was written by freelance reporters with a noted anti-bioenergy bias. For instance, the series portrayed bioenergy opponents as reasonable for not opposing all forestry. That’s not true – Dogwood has openly advocated against all forest products and against all logging in North Carolina.
Unfortunately for Dogwood, they’re not just spreading misinformation. They’re actively refuting their own arguments.
In its latest misleading missive, the Dogwood Alliance calls attention to an interview with North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan. But Regan’s actually statements undermine some of Dogwood’s most-used (and false) arguments.
First, Secretary Regan refutes Dogwood’s claims that forests in North Carolina are shrinking or being deforested because of biomass. According to Secretary Regan, forests in North Carolina are growing, not shrinking, stating: “We are not seeing a loss of forest lands in the state; we’re actually seeing an increase.”
Second, Secretary Regan refutes Dogwood’s claims that the wood bioenergy industry is not making efforts to protect air quality. Regan specifically notes that the leading bioenergy company in the state “has gone above and beyond what we could require from a legal or regulatory standpoint.”
The very article Dogwood cites actually refutes two of their main claims about North Carolina’s vital bioenergy sector. Perhaps they should read the articles they’re quoting before blasting out misleading blog posts.