A request from the FOJ Web site
Recently we have seen a rash of proposals to build wood burning biomass electric plants in Michigan. Huge government subsidies are being handed out to build these plants under the guise of being carbon neutral and renewable, and at the expense of developing truly green technology such as wind and solar. Far from being "green" energy, wood burning biomass plants emit 1.5 times as much CO2 as coal plants. Each megawatt of power requires 13,000 tons of wood each year, presenting a dangerous and unsustainable use of our forests.
Citizens groups and coalitions have formed in several states to fight the proliferation of these wood burners. The state of Massachusetts has temporarily banned the building of new plants. You are invited to attend a meeting the Friends of the Jordan will be hosting on Tuesday, June 15, at 7:00 PM at the Watershed Center in East Jordan, to discuss what we can do to protect our forests and stop these tree burning plants in Michigan.
At right is a fact sheet on this issue, and here is a link to a letter to Governor Granholm, which can be printed out and sent. For more information, please visit our website at www.friendsofthejordan.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at this meeting. Together we can make a difference.
Dr. John W. Richter
Friends of the Jordan