Bark wins on biomass!

Thanks to Barker’s hundreds of calls and emails to the Multnomah County Commission and Portland City Council this week, both governments included special protections for public lands and forests in 100% Renewable Energy Resolutions approved on Thursday.

Bark volunteer testimony at Portland City HallWhen it was proposed that biomass be considered as part the plan to transition to renewable energy, Barkers leapt into action to urge caution and ensure definitive protections for public lands like Mt. Hood National Forest.

Fact: Burning wood in industrial biomass facilities can generate even more carbon dioxide than coal-fired power per unit of energy generated.

Unsurprisingly, climate change deniers in Washington, D.C. have gone so far as to legislatively define biomass as “carbon neutral”, but according to Mary Booth of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, “you can’t legislate away basic physics”. As industries bent on privatizing and exploiting public lands continue maneuver for access, their renewed focus on biomass is a significant threat to ecosystems and the climate.

On Thursday, as Portland pushed back against Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords approving a sweeping resolution to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050, Bark was there as always, looking out for the future of Mt. Hood and rallying to raise community awareness about the incredible role our forests play in mitigating climate change.

Mt. Hood is the 6th largest carbon-sequestering national forest in the country, an incredible asset to local communities working to find creative solutions to climate change. Bark is thrilled to advocate for strong, invested community action to maximize protections for this forest!

Please take a moment to send a message of thanks to Portland and Multnomah County leadership for standing up for Mt. Hood National Forest!