Anti-forestry activist organizations like the Dogwood Alliance and the Partnership For Policy Integrity have attacked sustainable, renewable wood energy with misleading claims about the technology’s environmental benefits. But as leading climate science organizations like the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have found, renewable wood biomass is necessary to combat climate change and reduce emissions.
Now, more than 100 scientists are joining the IPCC in embracing the environmental benefits of wood biomass. These scientists have signed on to a letter published by the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) confirming that biomass decreases carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels.
Read the full letter and list of scientists here.
“The long-term benefits of forest biomass energy are well-established in science literature,” the letter reads. “Forest biomass energy yields significant net decreases in overall carbon accumulation in the atmosphere over time compared to fossil fuels.”
The science is clear: renewable wood energy is a better, more environmentally-friendly alternative to dirty power sources like coal.