Briefing on Rainforest Provisions of Climate Legislation

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:30:00 GMT

The American Power Act, cosponsored by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, would cap carbon emissions, support clean energy expansion and improve oversight of oil drilling. But it cuts major provisions for the protection of tropical rainforests that reduce emissions and help keep legislation affordable.

Monday at 10:30am EDT, leading experts on climate forest policies will brief journalists by phone on the American Power Act’s tropical forests policies and the significant environmental and cost implications of these changes.

  • Douglas Boucher, Ph.D. – Union of Concerned Scientists and Chairman of the Tropical Forest and Climate Coalition
  • Mariann Quinn, Director, Environment, Health, and Safety, -Duke Energy
  • Greg Fishbein, Managing Director, Forest Carbon Program – The Nature Conservancy

Please call 888-293-6960 and ask for the Climate Forests Fix call. If asked, the passcode is 6624052.

Tropical deforestation is responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than all the cars, trucks and planes in the world. But protecting forests is one of the most affordable ways of reducing pollution, cutting the costs of legislation by approximately a third or more. It also levels the playing field for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and timber producers by helping stop illegal and unsustainable agriculture practices in tropical countries.

Previous versions of the legislation have set aside five percent of allowances for rainforest conservation and included offset provisions to allow companies to get credit for investing in tropical forest conservation. Restoring these provisions will help accelerate emissions reductions while saving consumers billions of dollars a year on their energy bills.

For more information, contact Glenn Hurowitz at 202-232-3317 and [email protected] or Ben Becker at 202-292-6974 or [email protected]