BURNED Exposes the Destruction of Forests for Energy

Marlboro, Vermont, June 14, 2018: Marlboro Productions will present their feature-length environmental documentary BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? at The Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, NH on Friday, June 22nd at 7:30pm. The screening is part of the NH BURNED Barnstorming Tour, a grassroots campaign to expose the biomass energy industry’s destructive forest, energy, and climate practices. The screening is being sponsored by the Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team and the NH Chapter of the Sierra Club, with grant support from Patagonia. Future NH screenings are scheduled to include Portsmouth, Concord, Hanover, and Plymouth. Admission in Bethlehem is by donation.

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.

Throughout the country, 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.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Producer/Co-Director Lisa Merton and Associate Producer Chris Hardee. Other panelists will include David Van Houten, Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team, and Jamie Sayen, forest activist and author.

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 and for more information about this or upcoming live events find The Colonial on Facebook (Facebook.com/BethlehemColonial), follow The Colonial on twitter (@ColonialNH), visit the Colonial on line (BethlehemColonial.org) or tune in to North Country Community Radio, WZNC, broadcasting from atop the historic Colonial Theatre at 99.9 on the FM dial.