The biomass industry is at it again, this time gearing up to take advantage of clean energy tax credits. Wood bioenergy sources such as wood pellets have often been touted as one of the exciting forms of renewable energy that will help usher in a new era of carbon neutrality. Nothing be further from the truth.

Research shows that burning wood pellets actually produces more carbon emissions at the smokestack than fossil fuels like coal. But wood pellet production companies like Enviva still receive millions in state tax credits across the southeastern region and often draw from taxpayer dollars to fund their operations and facilities. Using deceitful greenwashing tactics, companies such as Enviva and Drax portray their wood bioenergy production as among the leading renewable energy sources. And what’s worse, wood pellet production plants are often located in environmental justice communities facing noise pollution, traffic increases, higher carbon emissions, fewer forest cover, premature mortality, and more.

We need you to act now to do all we can to ensure that industrial-scale wood bioenergy producers aren’t included in the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) program. Tell your Member of Congress TODAY to sign on to Congressman Beyer’s letter to the Secretary of Energy and the Commissioner of the IRS asking that green energy tax incentives NOT be made available to this dirty, unjust energy source.

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