Asheville, NC – In early February, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R – ME), introduced an amendment to the Energy Modernization Act  of 2015 (S. 2012) that declares the carbon neutrality of all forest bioenergy and recognizes biomass as a renewable energy source. This amendment was passed by a voice vote without discussion.

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“Senator Collins’ amendment completely fails in its attempt to support the key role that forests can play in addressing the energy needs of the United States,” said Adam Macon, Campaign Director at Dogwood Alliance. “Instead of the short-sighted approach of burning our forests for energy, our government should be promoting the conservation and restoration of our forests because they are our best defense against climate change, provide clean drinking water to millions of Americans, and serve as vital habitat for wildlife.”

The Energy Modernization Act of 2015 was stalled in the Senate while Republicans and Democrats wrangled over a Democrat proposed amendment for emergency funding for Flint. The legislation may hit the Senate floor for full debate as early as Thursday, March 25th.