See the devastating destruction of Southern US wetland forests as they're clearcut, turned into pellets, and shipped to Europe to burn for electricity in biomass power stations.
Right now, an emerging environmental disaster is underway across the Southeast. Energy companies are moving quickly to cut our southern forests and burn the trees as a fuel for electricity-generating power plants.
Burning trees to produce electricity is dirty and destructive. It creates more carbon pollution than coal, gas and oil. It destroys forests and our heritage along with them.
Yet, in the southeastern U.S., the massive fuel needs of these energy companies could double logging rates and increase carbon emissions significantly – contributing to climate change at a time when we need to be rapidly cutting our carbon pollution.
We know our forests aren’t meant to be burned as fuel. Forests are the places where we hike, camp, hunt and fish with our families. Forests enhance our quality of life and our wellbeing. Forests are home to native animals, plants and other species that will have nowhere to go if their habitats are destroyed. Once a Southern forest is destroyed through industrial logging, its benefits for our communities vanish with it.