Washington, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Finding a Future for Forests in Energy and Climate Solutions, with Robert Bonnie.”
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Robert Bonnie, a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University and the former Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the US Department of Agriculture. Robert Bonnie discusses the role that forests play in a changing climate, and explains how a market for forest products and bioenergy could incentivize landowners to maintain forested land (rather than converting the land to other uses). Bonnie also elaborates on how forests are factored into deep decarbonization goals.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “When there are markets for wood, people invest in timber, they invest in reforestation, they keep forests as forests.”—Robert Bonnie (10:06)
- “[Forest biomass for energy] could be a good thing from a carbon standpoint; it could be a less than good thing. I think generally speaking it is, it's mostly very positive.”—Robert Bonnie (9:07)
- “We have to create value for standing forests. People have to want to invest in those forests, and that value can be created through its market incentives as well as governmental incentives.”—Robert Bonnie (25:14)
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