Marketing “renewable” power, the timber industry has been able to raise money and scale wood pellet production faster than even industry insiders forecasted five years ago. This is because wood pellets are easy political decisions to achieve climate policy targets. Like coal, wood pellets are used to manage baseload power, and help keep jobs in the same logistics, storage, transportation, and power plant infrastructure.

The problem is that despite industry (and some policy) classification of wood pellets as carbon neutral—politically equivale

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