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Sleep Now in the Fire: Why burning wood biomass for energy isn’t clean or carbon-free

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Online Zoom Webinar

The burning of wood biomass to produce energy is often promoted by various industries as a “clean” alternative to burning coal or natural gas. But the reality is that burning wood in large energy facilities produces more carbon emissions than burning fossil fuels. It also releases air toxins and other pollutants into neighboring communities and can incentivize the clear-cutting of precious woodland, contributing to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. While Minnesota’s biomass sector has been in decline, the industry is eyeing a comeback, looking to “clean” and “carbon-free” energy policies and financial incentives at federal and state levels. But what are the implications of this for Minnesota’s climate, forests, and communities?

This webinar kicks off our educational series on the Minnesota 100% Carbon Free Energy Law. We’ll explore the contested ground around what “carbon-free” energy really means, who will benefit, and who will bear the burden.

Co-hosts – CURE, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Minnesota Environmental Justice Table

Guest presenter – Partnership for Policy Integrity

*** ZOOM REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZRS-y4xjR6Gdi51HkjTwRw#/registration ***