Kyra Anderson: All hands on deck

Published: 3/12/2021 4:15:15 PM We face the biggest fight for environmental justice in our own backyard and how we rise to defend o...



Published: 3/12/2021 4:15:15 PM

We face the biggest fight for environmental justice in our own backyard and how we rise to defend our neighbors is a true test of our commitment to equity.

In Springfield, the stalled plans to build the super-polluting Palmer Biomass Plant may get new life if changes to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) are approved. The Baker administration’s Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently proposed amendments to the RPS that would give Palmer Biomass the same renewable energy subsidies as wind and solar power.

We need clean, renewable energy for our state. To be clear: Biomass is not clean energy. Biomass burning actually generates more carbon dioxide than any fossil fuel.

This plant will spew 2,490 pounds of ash into the air, per hour. It will emit 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year, including harmful particles linked to asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. To be sure, that toxic pollution will be carried north to us as well.

Springfield, ground zero for this project and already dubbed the “asthma capital” of the country, needs our help. We must stop this Palmer Biomass Plant from becoming a reality.

Here are two things you can do right now: First, call on Gov. Baker (617-725-4005) to immediately withdraw his rollbacks to the RPS regulations; and second, financially support the Conservation Law Foundation’s promising legal challenge to Palmer Biomass (clf.org).

Kyra Anderson

Northampton



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