Biofuels and Biomass in Michigan
Sierra Club calls on state and federal agencies to stop funding the Frontier Renewable Resources project.
Michigan is fortunate to have abundant forests and farmland. As such, our state is of keen interest to developers of biomass and biofuel projects. While our country needs to move forward with research and development of appropriate biofuel-based energy sources, it must be done with care and a guarantee of sustainability. Currently, however, Michigan is rushing forward to use our tax dollars to subsidize projects that are both economically and environmentally unsustainable.
Watch for more information from the Sierra Club about the the Frontier Renewable Resources proposal in the coming days. For questions, contact Carol Ward, Volunteer Leader, Sierra Club Three Lakes Group, or Marvin Roberson, Sierra Club Forest Ecologist.
In February 2011, the Department of Energy released a DRAFT Environmental Assessment and Notice of Wetland Involvement for the Construction and Operation of a Proposed Cellulosic Biorefinery , Mascoma Corporation, Kinross Charter Township, Michigan. You can read the Sierra Club's comments here.
Send a Message to Congress: STOP Funding for the Frontier Biofuel Boondoggle!
Michigan's 1st District Congressman Dan Benishek calls for "reducing spending and forcing the federal government to live within restraints" and says "we cannot hope to see real job growth in Northern Michigan so long as federal deficits drown out private enterprise."
You can encourage Congressman Benishek and Michigan's Senators to start at home by killing the $58.5 million Department of Energy proposed grant for the Frontier Renewable Energy wood to biofuel plant in his district.
Stopping federal subsidies for this boondoggle will save taxpayers in Michigan and nationwide more than $100 million in direct taxpayer subsidies to Frontier, including state and local taxes. Frontier wants to use our tax dollars to cut 1 million tons of Michigan trees (standing, green wood -- not waste wood) each year to feed the biofuel plant, even though it would create fewer jobs than any other forest industry investment. And in the end, the Frontier plant would use 8% of Michigan's annual forest growth to produce a miniscule 0.02% of Michigan's annual gasoline usage.
In February 2011, the Department of Energy released a DRAFT EA & Notice of Wetland Involvement for the Construction and Operation of a Proposed Cellulosic Biorefinery, Mascoma Corporation, Kinross Charter Township, Michigan.
Read the Sierra Club's comments here.