U.S. lumber producers take aim at climate initiatives

The U.S. Lumber Coalition is spearheading an attack on four Canadian federal climate programs which it says amount to unfair subsidies. It has joined with other players, including Weyerhaeuser Co., under the umbrella of COALITION. (The acronym stands for Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations Or Negotiations).

The targeted programs include two Natural Resources Canada initiatives, the Clean Growth Program and the Green Freight Assessment Program. Also under fire are the Tax Savings for Industry incentive for renewable energy use and the Western Business Scale-up and Productivity Program, which funds growing businesses in that region.

In a written response, lawyers for Canadian parties including the federal government cautioned the U.S. Commerce Department not to “undermine the Biden administration’s stated policies on combatting climate change, reducing greenhouse gases and protecting the environment.”