The wood pellet industry is a disaster for our forests, climate, and communities. Every year, Enviva — the world's largest wood pellet manufacturer — destroys tens of thousands of acres of North Carolina's forests, grinds them into wood pellets, and ships them overseas to be burned for electricity.
Governor Roy Cooper has implemented an executive order on climate change and has been called a climate leader. Meanwhile, Enviva has undergone a massive expansion in North Carolina under his administration's watch. North Carolina is ground zero for forest destruction, but the state could be ground zero for forest protection. If North Carolina can reverse the trend of unchecked expansion of Enviva, it will send a huge signal to leaders across the region and overseas. The world is watching to see what NC's leaders do.
Governor Cooper can protect our forests by placing a moratorium on the expansion of the wood pellet industry. Send him a personalized message today: no more forest destruction!
Dear Governor Cooper,
I am writing to urge your administration to place an immediate moratorium on the expansion of the wood pellet industry in North Carolina. The wood pellet industry is a disaster for North Carolina's forests, communities, and our climate. Every year, Enviva -- the world's largest wood pellet producer -- destroys tens of thousands of acres of North Carolina's forests, grinds them into wood pellets, and ships them overseas to be burned in power stations.
I am opposed to this industry for many reasons. 1) Wood pellet production facilities are an environmental injustice to rural North Carolinians, 2) forest degradation and destruction makes North Carolina less resilient to hurricanes and flooding, and 3) cutting down forests and burning them for electricity is worse for the climate than burning coal.
The continued expansion of this industry directly undermines the climate and resilience goals your administration has made under Executive Order 80. Yet Enviva continues to be approved for rapid expansion across the state, and the industry has been allowed to grow without proper scrutiny. I urge you to address these threats by placing an immediate moratorium on the expansion of the wood pellet industry until a full study of the industry's impacts on our state's forests, climate, economy, resilience, and public health can be completed