Why It Matters

In response to increasing demand from Europe and Asia, the largely unregulated wood pellet industry is converting mature Southeastern forests into energy plantations, clearcutting wetlands and coastal hardwood forests. Biomass is often described as a green or renewable fuel, and as a viable alternative to coal. The science, though, is clear: wood pellet combustion is an overall net negative for the environment, and the carbon footprint of their production and transport contributes to global warming. The Moore Charitable Foundation supports nonprofits curbing the expansion of the wood pellet industry in North Carolina, to protect its precious older-growth forests and the impacted communities where wood pellet plants contribute to major and often unregulated environmental problems. Partners include ClientEarth, Dogwood Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council.