Pruitt’s Scorched-Earth Approach to Our Forests

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, said today that when forest materials are burned to produce electricity the EPA would deem that to be carbon neutral.

The following is a statement by Sami Yassa, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Scott Pruitt’s scorched-earth approach at the EPA continues unabated. By short-circuiting a genuine scientific review of the use of forests for fuel, Pruitt is once again rewarding his industry pals.

“This will lead to more destruction of our treasured forests and more dangerous carbon pollution.”

For background on this issue, see this recent blog.

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