To date, Enviva and others in the biomass energy industry have operated largely under the radar and with little to no regulation. The North Carolina port expansion would only fuel the unbridled growth of this industry. But this week's public outcry signals that the tide is turning.
A group of over 60 US scientists recently sent a letter to EU decision makers urging them to take swift action to "develop and adopt sustainability criteria and carbon accounting requirements to ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate."
The benefits from resilient forest ecosystems will accrue to current and future generations. But the direct beneficiaries should be the 1.4 billion people in forest-dependent communities whose rights need to be better reflected in law.
The election may be over, but our country's need to become energy independent continues. Realizing the goal of making America self-sufficient in energy remains a ways off, but advances in the scientific community are making that future less distant.
In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.
The Senate bill must not include measures that increase carbon emissions, take away the laws already on the books to cut those emissions, or weaken other protections for public health and the environment.
The bill ensures the vast majority of allowances go to helping consumers, providing a level playing field for energy intensive industries, deploying low-carbon technologies, and preventing deforestation.