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Film Screening | BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?

March 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Energy and Climate Documentary to Screen at Antioch

Locally-produced documentary exposes the destruction of forests for fuel and pulls back the green screen revealing the biomass electricity industry’s sourcing, subsidies, and pseudo-sustainability.

Antioch University New England in Keene, NH is hosting a screening of Marlboro Productions feature-length environmental documentary BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 pm. The screening, sponsored by the Antioch Environmental Studies Department, the Sierra Club NH Chapter, and Pisgah Defenders, will be held in the school’s Community Room at 40 Avon Street and is scheduled to coincide with the UN International Day of Forests. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with: local filmmaker and Antioch alum Chris Hardee; Cathy Corkery, Director, NH Chapter Sierra Club; Jamie Sayen, author and forest activist, who appears in the film; and Tom Wessels, forest ecologist and Antioch faculty emeritus, who also appears in the film.

BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for electric power generation and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the biomass power industry. The film examines the biomass pellet industry in the southeastern US, which is shipping millions of tons of pelletized trees to power plants in the UK and EU for the generation of electricity. It also covers the Burgess Biopower facility in Berlin, NH whose subsidies as legislated in NH SB 365, the biomass and waste incineration subsidy bill, are an ongoing source of political and ratepayer turmoil in New Hampshire and are currently being contested in the courts.

Throughout the world, forests are being clearcut, chipped, and pelletized. Under policy loopholes, biomass has been labeled carbon neutral and is being substituted for coal. Yet the science shows that biomass produces 40 to 60 percent more CO2 pollution per unit of energy than the coal it’s replacing. Ignoring this, the biomass power industry continues burning trees at a 25 percent efficiency rate despite the fact that trees sequester carbon better than any technology we’ve invented.

The screening is part of the BURNED Barnstorming Tour, a nationwide grassroots media campaign to expose the biomass electric power industry’s destructive forest, energy, and climate practices. In the week of March 18, there will be an international streaming and broadcast premiere of the film on Link TV, a progressive satellite TV network.

BURNED has been selected by a number of 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 Mendocino Film Festival, and the VT International Film Festival, as well as others.

For more information see

Marlboro Productions, Marlboro, VT
Chris Hardee, Associate Producer
email: [email protected]; Phone 603-762-2010


March 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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