FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10th, 2010
This Tuesday, January 11th, Olympia Rising Tide will join climate justice activists from around Washington in Seattle to protest the speech of Peter Goldmark, Washington Public Lands Commissioner, at the Pacific West Biomass Conference and Tradeshow. Olympia Rising Tide opposes the expansion of the biomass industry and the continued degradation of our public lands through logging.
Biomass as an industrial-scale fuel source is not sustainable, not socially responsible, and is not a solution to climate change. By protesting the Pacific West Biomass Conference and Tradeshow, Olympia Rising Tide is calling attention to the lies put forth by Peter Goldmark and the timber industry. The only thing green about logging forests for energy is the money - we need to regenerate forests to fight climate change, not destroy what little we have left.
The timber industry loves biomass because it could breathe new life into a failing market. With the housing slump limiting the options for selling wood, Big Timber sees biomass as the innovation that's going to save their bank accounts. This conference is an opportunity for timber interests to strategize on how best to milk our forests for as much money as possible.
According to Jo Lillian of Olympia Rising Tide, "As the reality of climate change becomes more and more clear, industries that are largely responsible for climate change are jumping on the 'green' bandwagon, but only in name. They are stopping short of any real meaningful change, and instead greenwashing their products to avoid any responsibility. The biomass industry is a prime example of this - cutting down our forests or displacing poor subsistence farmers in the global south will only exacerbate climate change."
The Pacific West Biomass Conference and Tradeshow is being held at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Protesters will be there from 8 am until 10 am.