Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Groups Denounce Clearcutting in California's Cap and Trade as a False Climate Solution

Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth Press Release

King Clearcut You Tube Award Video
Groups give billionaire timber baron Red Emmerson mock “climate champion” award 

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Today, a coalition of environmental groups including Sierra Club California and Friends of the Earth delivered a letter to California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and Climate Action Reserve Chair Linda Adams urging them to fix a fundamental flaw in the cap and trade regulations implementing AB 32, the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, that allows companies to sell offset credits for “even-age management” -- a practice that involves clearcutting forests and replanting monoculture stands of uniform age.

The letter charges that California’s current forest protocol “undermines the credibility of California’s cap and trade system by incentivizing the destruction of old-growth forests,” and calls on CARB and CAR to adopt an immediate moratorium on registration of carbon credits from forest projects that entail clearcutting.

At a carbon trading conference at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco’s financial district last week, a group of forest community members awarded a mock “Climate Champion” award to the multi-billionaire owner of Sierra Pacific Industries, Red Emmerson, dubbing the timber magnate “King Clearcut." Notorious for its rampant clear-cutting practices across California's forested watersheds, SPI is also a primary player in the forest offset market, a cornerstone of the state’s cap and trade program. READ MORE

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