Congressmen to hear experts talk timber as a clean energy source

A trio of U.S. congressmen will gather Monday morning in Vancouver to explore the possibility of using Northwest timber to produce clean energy.

Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, will chair the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee field briefing at 9 a.m. Monday. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., will join Baird for the briefing at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center.

The committee will hear from several panels of experts on using timber products to produce clean energy with low carbon dioxide emissions.

"The answer to our nation’s energy problems could literally be in our own backyard," Baird said in a prepared statement.

"Our timber economy has been hit particularly hard by this recession. These new technologies could not only help put thousands of people back to work, but help generate clean, green energy that can power a 21st century economy, and help end our addiction to foreign oil."