Monday, August 1, 2011

Anti-Biomass Spokesperson Chris Matera Threatens Lawsuit over Genevieve Fraser’s OpEd Rebuttal


Anti-Biomass Spokesperson Chris Matera

Threatens Lawsuit over Genevieve Fraser’s

OpEd Rebuttal

Journalist, Genevieve Fraser
In three strongly worded email notices, anti-biomass activist Chris Matera has threatened legal action against Genevieve Fraser, including seeking damages, if an OpEd appearing on her Farm, Field and Forest website (www.FarmFieldForest.org) is not taken down.  

The article, "Chris Matera's ‘Burning Wood Better Left to Cavemen’ Touts the Advantages of Coal vs. Wood,” was written as a rebuttal to a Matera OpEd where he claimed that burning wood is inefficient and “burning living trees is actually worse than burning coal.”  The Fraser rebuttal was published December 21, 2010 on her website and subsequently appeared in a number of newspapers and other blogsites throughout the region.

  “Unless you can show me something where I am touting the advantages of coal, (which you cannot), you need to take down your false and public post,” Matera writes.  “My interest is in clean energy, so in respect to my career plans, I will not accept public statements falsely claiming that I tout the advantages of coal.  For the record, I think coal plants should be closed.”

“Though I am willing to acknowledge that Matera does not tout the advantages of coal per se, he certainly does so in comparison to wood, which is what I actually claim,” Fraser responded.  “And though Matera may be well intentioned, as a professional engineer, I suggest that he apply the same standards he uses to wood – namely a cradle to grave accounting of the carbon footprint - and apply that to coal as well as all the other fossil fuels that are responsible for extensive and possibly irreparable environmental damage.”   


"Chris Matera is quick to exercise his right to free speech," Fraser commented.  "Instead of threatening to sue over my rebuttal, he should respect my right to free speech too."

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