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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, July 24th
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
Free and open to the public. Admission is by donation to support Pentangle Arts.
Join Sustainable Woodstock for a free screening of the film “Burned.” Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Co-Producer/Co-Directors Lisa Merton and Alan Dater and Associate Producer Chris Hardee.
BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for energy generation, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. A dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens fight to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the US and abroad.
The subject caught the attention of filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton when they first learned about the biomass pellet industry in the southeastern US and the enormous quantity of pelletized trees that are being shipped to power plants in the UK and EU for the generation of electricity. They then started investigating other biomass power plants around the country, including the Burgess Biopower facility in Berlin, NH and the L’Anse Warden Biomass plant in L’Anse, MI, both documented in the film. Burlington, VT’s 50 MW McNeil electric facility has been burning wood since 1984.
Throughout the US and world, forests and whole trees are being clearcut, chipped, and pelletized. Under policy loopholes, biomass is being substituted for coal and labeled clean, green, renewable, and carbon neutral. Yet the science shows that biomass produces fifty percent more CO2 pollution per unit of energy than the coal it’s replacing.
BURNED has been selected by film festivals including the American Conservation Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the Utopia Film Festival, the Amsterdam Film Festival, and the VT International Film Festival, as well as others. For more information see www.burnedthemovie.com.