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  •  Ain't Nobody Much Listening (18+ / 0-)

    Of course trees sequester carbon and even the ash in biomass power plants burning waste is sold for both soil conditioners and inclusion in cement.

    The Sierra Club and other environmentalists are determined to put a stop to that for reasons you will have to ask them to explain.  They prefer burning coal.

    Forests are not the only means of sequestering carbon.  Peat bogs do it quite well too.  

    A company attempting to market a peat moss substitute from fiber produced by anaerobic digesters that would at least reduce the destruction of peat bogs was sued by Canadian peat moss purveyors for not making it clear to consumers that they were not buying the real thing.

    The lawsuit was not the only reason the marketing of the peat moss substitute failed but it was one.

    An interesting claim by alfalfa growers in Minnesota is that the very long roots of alfalfa sequesters carbon.  The co-op attempting to build a power plant to burn the inedible parts of alfalfa while producing food pellets for livestock was defeated by the usual "environmentalists" but finally got a permit to produce fuel pellets after a 15-year war.  The co-op was reduced from hundreds to a handful of remaining farmers.

    Not always easy to tell your friends from your enemies.

    Best,  Terry

    •  If you were really thinking (1+ / 0-)
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      you'd realize the oceans have the most potential to sequester CO2 via photosynthesis.  Most area and the ocean bottom could sequester anything that fell there quite nicely.

      Show me the POLICY!

      by Fabian on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 04:53:40 AM PDT

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    •  Buddy... (0+ / 0-)

      it was a joke.  There were plenty of clues to that...

      •  I didn't overlook your smiley (0+ / 0-)

        But, in fact, trees are a grand way of storing carbon.

        Some think wildfires are just dandy because it is Mother Nature tidying things up.

        I bet there aren't too many Russians that would agree just now.

        Take care.

        Best,  Terry

        •  I know trees are good. (0+ / 0-)

          I don't understand your point.   The title of the diary suggested a new discovery to "use sunlight to remove CO2 from the atmosphere".

          This struck me as funny because the first thing that sprang to my mind was something that isn't "new" but does exactly the same thing.

          That's all.

          •  Much Scientific Research Centers On Duplicating (0+ / 0-)

            natural processes artificially.

            Some is rather comical when viewed remotely.

            The komodo dragon has a bite that is so poisonous that its victims can die within minutes but it is not a venomous reptile like the gila monster.  The dragon is far more lethal than the monster but not venomous.

            What the komoda dragon has is a filthy mouth that the wingers can only envy.  

            So how does the dragon survive its own mouth?

            That is what medical researchers would like to know.

            I was in a meeting where a math professor angrily denounced a company for purporting to be developing an artificial pancreas for diabetics.  Such a device would "cure" diabetes but nobody can do it because nobody can figure out how the pancreas collects data for timing its injections of insulin into the bloodstream.  The company was left stammering excuses for even mentioning it.

            Mother Nature is a great healer but we understand so little.

            She can also be a mass murderer beyond compare when not treated right.

            We ain't treating her right.

            Best,  Terry

            •  Science is the art of cheating (0+ / 0-)

              Or perhaps a better word is invention as science gets a lot of credit for things it didnt do (most of our technology for instance).

              The lever is a "cheat". As is the wheel.  As are light bulbs. Nature creates light in immeasurable ways. But its pretty silly to start a 12' bonfire in your livingroom at 8pm every night. Or coat your walls with bioluminescent slime. Even nuclear fission is cheating. We're just stripping out a whole lot of middlement and grabbing the energy at one of its foundations.

              Our entire civilisation is based on learning the rules of the universe and figuring out how to cheat.

              I am an excellent whore. -- CWalter

              by cdreid on Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 04:38:04 AM PDT

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            •  Are you even reading my comments? (0+ / 0-)

              It's like you're on a completely different thread here, man...  what does this have to do with my comments?

    •  I wonder if you get (0+ / 0-)

      that your diary is either disengenuous or , more likely, inadequately educated.

      You seem to spend a lot of time attacking environmentalist groups and science (which is fair) but not providing detailed explanations of what it is theyre supposedly doing wrong.

      From my reading the Sierra Club wanted so-called "green" producers to live under the same environmental standards as the "nongreen".. and if they cant do that they arent very green now are they.

      I am an excellent whore. -- CWalter

      by cdreid on Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 04:34:01 AM PDT

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