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Right now, energy companies are cutting and burning our Southeastern forests to make electricity in power plants. Burning trees for electricity creates more carbon pollution than coal, gas and oil. It's a dirty process that destroys our forests.

Three companies--Enviva LP, Dominion Power, and Drax Group--lead the industry in cutting and burning forests for electricity. Virginia-based Dominion Power and UK-based Drax Group buy millions of tons of wood from our Southern forests for fuel. Enviva, the South’s largest wood pellet manufacturer, supplies them both—and plans to double production in the coming years.

Defend our forests - tell these companies that burning trees for energy isn't green!

Letter to
Chairman and CEO, Enviva LP John K. Keppler
Chairman and CEO, Dominion Power Thomas F. Farrel II
CEO, Drax Group Dorothy Thompson
I am writing to express my concerns with Enviva's production of wood pellets that are shipped overseas to Europe and burned to generate electricity. Your company's production of these wood pellets from Southern forests negatively affects our health, environment and quality of life. Protecting forests helps slow climate change--so burning trees is taking us in the wrong direction.

In fact, mounting scientific research shows that burning wood pellets manufactured from trees will increase near-term carbon emissions and accelerate climate change. In addition, our forests are home to countless species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. They provide our communities with clean air to breathe and water to drink.

These Southern forests are already under significant stress from industrial logging, as they lead wood and paper production in the world. Alternatives do exist - mill and agricultural waste for pellets, and true renewables like solar, wind and geothermal energy are significantly less destructive sources.

Take action now - consider these alternatives and stop using trees for fuel. The future of our forests, climate and health depends on it.

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