Cut Billions in Wasteful Biomass Power Subsidies

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Anne McHale
9 years ago
There is a proposed plant (Nippon Paper) in my community that continues to earn its various permits by the various entities, making its eventual existence a very real possibility. With my employer, we are rallying to educate ourselves, our neighbors, our local healthcare providers, and our local government officials in an effort to prevent this company from succeeding. I abhor the fact that my government is funding such irresponsible behavior, and will not stand voiceless. Signing a petition is the least I can do to voice my concern.

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Katherine Batsis
9 years ago
I don't want to pay polluters! Use my tax money for solar power, not biomass!

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Beth Adams
9 years ago
"You cannot get clean energy from a smokestack!" Incineration is bad for human health, bad for climate health and bad for CO2 and other toxic gas sequestration!

It makes no sense to subsidize biomass incineration! Harvard Forest says that trees are best "left alone" and certainly must not be clearcut. We need a regional approach to clean energy conservation, efficiency (first) and then a compliment of locally-owned and managed cleanest energy resources.

Meanwhile, the American Lung Association, Massachusetts Medical Society (Produce the American Journal of Medicine) and the Breast Cancer Coalition all have issued statements saying that biomass is a "significant risk to human health". Only a representative of the 1% would approve of subsidizing such a dirty, climate unhealthy industry with tax dollars!

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Sean Mugrage
9 years ago
I live next to a pulp paper mill/soon to be a biomass burner.

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mary missig
9 years ago
I am very concerned about the negative health and environmental impacts from biomass power incineration. I oppose the creation of a biomass incineration plant in my hometown, Port Townsend, WA. I oppose the creation of biomass incineration plants in other citizens' hometowns.

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Beverly Michaelsen
9 years ago
controversial energy, toxic

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Camille Speck
9 years ago
I do not want to see the biomass generator that is slated for my town every come to happen! Please don't let them pollute our air & water under the guise of "green" energy!

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lois barnett
9 years ago
because I want to breath clean air !!!

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Peter Vanderhoof
9 years ago
When doing an environmental policy and assessment degree fifteen years ago, the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest had one of the highest organic soil reserves of any place in the world. Consequently, even though already degraded due to forest management of the last 100 years, the forest system could still grow trees without additional inputs. Already that is no longer true, as timber companies and DNR fertilize by air.

Any incentive to remove even more organic matter from the forest soil systems will accelerate long-term costs for limited and questionable short-term benefits to some special interests. Such a path makes no sense.

The petition points are valid. However, there remain so many persuasive reasons why biomass projects are neither sustainable or prudent for short- or long-term reasons.

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Lindsay Hamilton
9 years ago
Biomass has been categorized as clean energy by mistake. It is extremely polluting and hazardous to our health. The capitalist who build them are doing it only for the money. Take away the subsidies and energy credits and they will be way less motivated to pursue the biomass nonsense. Thank you for paying attention to this matter!