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Trees Trump Al Gore

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ex Greenpeacer Patrick Moore lays the smackdown on the libtards and general anti-science morons in Hollywood. If that isn't a double positive.

Key paragraphs:
As a lifelong environmentalist, I say trees can solve many of the world's sustainability challenges. Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials. Rather than cutting fewer trees and using less wood, DiCaprio and Berman ought to promote the growth of more trees and the use of more wood.

Trees are the most powerful concentrators of carbon on Earth. Through photosynthesis, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in their wood, which is nearly 50 per cent carbon by weight. Trees contain about 250 kilograms of carbon per cubic metre.
He also makes the excellent point that 500 year old furniture is still, get this, binding the carbon. Like Jane Fonda's thighs, only firmer.

But 250KG of carbon/m3. Like Al Gore's stomach or Silky Pony Edward's Carolina manse. Amazing, really.

And while I think man-made climate change is as enduring a notion as zoom pants on straight men, this paragraph makes a lot of sense:
To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees and to produce more wood. That means we can then use less concrete, steel and plastic -- heavy carbon emitters through their production. Trees are the only abundant, biodegradable and renewable global resource.
The reason I think it makes sense is because even very poor countries can grow trees successfully and learn from this free market solution for producing construction materials.


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  • At 1:46 PM, Blogger markcshepherd said…

    For more information on carbon sequestration or life cycle analysis check out www.corrim.org or www.thegbi.org.


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