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How Europe's wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South
by Danielle Purifoy
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19 November 2020
On 19 November 2020 Environmental Health News reported:
An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals -- instead bringing air pollution, noise, and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities. In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner's community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. ...According to a 2009 study on climate accounting published in Science Magazine, at the point of combustion, wood pellets put more carbon into the atmosphere than coal, despite generating less energy per unit than coal.
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The corporation, which manufactures wood pellets as a purportedly renewable alternative to coal, did what most industries do in prospective communities -- they promised jobs, economic development, and minimal impacts. What Ahoskie got was approximately 50 direct jobs, local tree loss, noise, heavy traffic, air pollution, and combustible dust from wood drying and processing that threatens their health and enjoyment of their homes. On top of those impacts, as many scientists and environmental groups now say, wood pellets are not the hoped-for transition fuel championed just 11 years ago.
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