Scientists urge Biden to remove logging, fossil fuels, biomass from budget bills

  • More than 100 scientists have issued an open letter urging U.S. President Joe Biden and members of Congress to remove provisions promoting logging and fossil fuels from the multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and reconciliation (Build Back Better) bills.
  • Both bills contain provisions for logging for lumber and for forest biomass energy, with the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 5.
  • Although the infrastructure bill promises $570 billion in tax credits and investments to combat climate change, it also includes a mandate for 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of “additional logging on federal public lands over the next 15 years.”
  • “The logging and fossil fuel subsidies and policies in the Reconciliation and Infrastructure Bills…

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