Wood Fiber Coalition
The Wood Fiber Coalition (WFC), formed in 2009, is a network of manufacturing and agricultural organizations and companies that depend on a reliable supply of wood fiber for the production of bio-based consumer products in the United States. They include:
• Composite wood panels
WFC supports responsible government energy and fiber polices that protect all industrial sectors that depend on wood by-products as feedstock. The Coalition works to ensure that fiber availability and the cost-effective supply of wood are not forgotten in America’s quest for alternate energy sources – and that the free market is not distorted by government subsidies.
"EXPAND, DON'T DIVERT"
The federal definition of renewable biomass should exclude materials that could be used for higher-value products, including, but not limited to, composite wood panels, lumber, finished or other manufactured wood products, mulch, nursery media, paper and packaging, as well as trees on private land that could be used for higher-value products.
Government programs and subsidies that divert these raw materials from existing, viable industries so they can be burned for energy will result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural communities – jobs that will disappear altogether or move offshore. This is bad economic policy and bad environmental policy too. Governmental policies should expand energy resources by encouraging the development of new sources of renewable energy. Focusing biomass programs on the use of unmerchantable materials, such as forest thinnings, stumps and agricultural waste, will create new jobs while also helping achieve national alternative energy goals.
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