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Future Forests + Jobs initiative launched to combat misinformation about biomass

For years, activist organizations in the United States (US) such as the Dogwood Alliance, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) have waged a misinformation campaign against the wood biomass industry as well as the entire forest products sector. Future Forests + Jobs is a new initiative to advance a "fact-based conversation" around renewable wood energy and hold those who spread misinformation about the industry to account.

Replant a future forest with jobs, or not? It depends in part on local markets for unmerchantable timber, logging residues and wood waste such as a wood pellet plant. Wood biomass is part of an integrated forest product sector.

The new initiative “Future Forests + Jobs” (FFJ), which was presented at the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) 9th Annual Exporting Wood Pellets conference in Miami Beach, Florida (FL), is a bid to advance a “fact-based conversation” around renewable wood energy and hold those who spread misinformation about the industry to account.

Misinformation misleads the public about the integrated forest products industry – including timber and renewable wood energy – and its role as a necessary solution to mitigate global climate change, which has been repeatedly affirmed by the world’s leading climate research authority, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

FFJ agrees with the scientific consensus that sustainably-sourced wood biomass is a vitally important tool for replacing coal, helping mitigate global climate change, and promoting good-paying jobs in rural communities.

FFJ will combat misinformation through a new website as well as through media engagement and other grassroots activities. It is supported by USIPA and will be led by Brian Rogers, who served as a senior staffer to US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for nearly a decade and previously worked as Research Director for former Vice President Al Gore’s Repower America campaign for comprehensive climate and energy legislation.

These activist groups ignore the science and advance policies that would result in burning more coal and losing more forests – exactly the wrong approach we need to fight global climate change today. Our mission is to set the record straight and expose the well-funded and coordinated misinformation campaigns targeting this industry, and to stand up for the hundreds of thousands of forest products workers across America, said Future Forests + Jobs spokesman Brian Rogers.

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