The solution to the climate-change problem should focus on carbon extraction rather than suppression of the use of fossil fuels that remain so critical to our economies. The objective should be to reach an equilibrium between the amount of carbon put into the atmosphere by man-made activities and the amount removed from the atmosphere, so that the net difference is zero.
- There should be widespread and government-sponsored reforestation programs in every state in the United States as well as a ban on all wood burning, whether in homes or for generating fuel. Trees must be regarded as nearly sacred entities.
- There should be a similar widespread and government-sponsored soil enrichment program, so that arable land is allowed to restore itself at least every other year with natural vegetation, which naturally absorbs huge quantities of carbon if allowed to restore itself.
- New industrial technologies should be further developed for extraction of carbon and other greenhouse gases directly from the atmosphere, and done on a large enough scale to impact the critical equilibrium.
- There should be a carbon tax on plants that release carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, so that these plants will need to quantify the amounts released and pay a tax on those amounts, which should induce them to either reduce the amounts released or seek an alternative to releasing them, i.e., trapping and solidifying the gases into solids that can be buried as an alternative, and thereby avoiding the carbon tax altogether.
The solution to the climate-change conundrum is EXTRACTION, not suppression.
Climate Change Disagreements
The so-called Green New Deal is from lala land. It presupposes that fossil fuels can be replaced by alternative energy sources such as sunlight, wind, etc. Problem is those alternatives barely make up a small fraction of the total, and far from being reduced, it looks like the use of fossil fuels is actually accelerating — China, for instance, doubled their use of oil in just one year in 2016. So the real issue is how to deal with the amount of excess carbon in the atmosphere despite this acceleration, despite the use of fossil fuels, which are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
A more practical approach — that might actually achieve something — might be removing the carbon from the atmosphere. Can we tackle the climate change problem by filtering out carbon from the air around us? The link below explores the practicality of this approach in some detail.
I also think we must come up with solutions for capturing the carbon before it is released as a gas into the atmosphere. This would be for both cars with their exhaust pipes as well as for factories with their chimneys spewing the stuff into the air. A carbon tax might be made so costly that private companies would see the cost/benefit of investing in a technology that would allow them to trap the carbon instead of releasing it as a gas. Ditto for cars that continue to spew the gas out of tailpipes.
There should be a national Plant A Tree program to get each family involved in exploiting this natural remedy. Trees inhale carbon and exhale oxygen — what am I missing? Isn’t that a real solution and not from lala land.
Carbon Removal Techniques
Next year, we all should start a new tradition for Christmas. Yes, buy a small tree like last year, but include the roots, and plant it outside, in your backyard. Imagine if everyone in the whole country did that, how much carbon all those new trees would take out of the atmosphere in a year’s time.
And then repeat every year. In 10 years, you would be responsible for 10 trees taking carbon out of the atmosphere — not 10 dead trees doing nothing.
Instead, we will continue buying small trees and putting them, a fire hazard, in our homes during the holiday, and then discard them as rubbish afterwards, while complaining there is nothing anyone can possibly do about the rising carbon levels in the atmosphere. Why?