FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff Serfass

  Phone: 202-596-3974

 

BTEC Supports Rural Jobs and Clean Air,

but Opposes the Trump Administration Rollback of Climate Change Initiatives

 

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) opposes the Trump Administration rescinding various climate change rules because it sends the wrong signals to the energy marketplace regarding social, environmental, and economic cost of energy resources.

 

President Trump traveled to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to sign an Executive Order that begins the process of reviewing and rolling back the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule that is one of the nation's key initiatives to address climate change. The order also scraps the federal guidance instructing agencies to factor climate change into policymaking, and disbands the team tasked with calculating the "social cost of carbon."

 

These actions will disadvantage renewable energy resources such as wood, which are the fuels that will heat and power our nation's future. "Biomass, which is primarily wood, is a low-carbon fuel" according to Jeff Serfass, Executive Director of BTEC. While many may be unaware, modern wood heating is now being utilized across the nation for advanced heat and combined heat and power applications in schools, hospitals, public safety buildings, commercial buildings, and thousands of residences. 

 

On the economic development front, wood is a better choice for rural job generation than coal not only because it is found in abundance in all of the areas where coal is mined, but because it is a renewable resource that regenerates itself, creating permanent jobs. "Both skilled and unskilled labor can be employed in rural areas to utilize wood energy. This includes loggers, foresters, truck drivers engineers, electricians, and plumbers," added Serfass.

 

BTEC supports carbon regulatory frameworks such as the Clean Power Plan, which properly acknowledge the carbon reduction benefits of sustainable, high-efficiency wood energy. In addition to the climate change and jobs creation impacts, BTEC also recognizes the benefits of a regulatory structure that levels the energy playing field, and uses the power of market forces to provide a boost to modern wood heating in America.

 

 

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of 100 biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies, and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean, and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast-growing biomass thermal energy industry. For more information, visit biomassthermal.org, follow us on Twitter @BiomassThermal, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BiomassThermal