Thursday, January 23, 2020

What's in Republicans' New Climate-Change Push

Trees, plastics and favorable tax policy are at the core of House Republicans' new push on climate change -- an effort to reassure voters they care about the problem after a decade of dismissing it.

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The research, presented at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington, D.C., argues that planting additional trees is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gases.

Trees are "our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change," Crowther told The Independent. Combining forest inventory data from 1.2 million locations around the world and satellite images, the scientists estimate there are 3 trillion trees on Earth " seven times more than previous estimates. But they also found that there is abundant space to restore millions of acres of additional forests, not counting urban and agricultural land.

"There's 400 gigatons [of CO2 stored] now in the 3 trillion trees," Crowther said. "If you were to scale that up by another trillion trees, that's in the order of hundreds of gigatons captured from the atmosphere " at least 10 years of anthropogenic emissions completely wiped out."
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#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 08:11 AM

--I really would love to better understand the psychology behind why Greta Thunberg seems to drive prominent Republicans/Trumpians so nuts.

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I really would love to better understand the psychology behind why Greta Thunberg seems to inspire cult hero worship in prominent Democrats/Leftists that they seem to get off being shamed by children and look to them for answers instead of coming up with some themselves.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 08:14 AM

Replying to @samstein

I really would love to better understand the psychology behind leftists using children as human shields.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 08:17 AM

I really would love to better understand the psychology behind why Greta Thunberg seems to inspire cult hero worship in prominent Democrats/Leftists that they seem to get off being shamed by children and look to them for answers instead of coming up with some themselves.

POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2020-01-24 08:14 AM | REPLY

She's trying to save the planet for her and future generations. What are you doing besides scratching your nuts and screaming Get Off of My lawn????

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-01-24 08:36 AM

--She's trying to save the planet for her and future generations.

Yeah a high-school dropout whose economic expertise consists of getting a "B" in home economics is going to save the planet. lol

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 08:49 AM

@#5 ... Yeah a high-school dropout whose economic expertise ...

Channeling Sec Mnuchin, eh?

So what does that have to do with what she has been saying about climate change?

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-24 10:56 AM

--Channeling Sec Mnuchin, eh?

Or he's channeling me. I've been a critic before she became a child superstar.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 11:32 AM

She's trying to save the planet for her and future generations.

So was "punchable face" SmirkBoy ....

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-24 11:44 AM

Getting back to the actual topic:

Planting billions of trees is most effective climate change solution', researchers say

As they grow and mature, trees could absorb and store 205 billion tonnes of carbon, study suggests"

Trump has endorsed the Trillion Tree Initiative, so that's a good start. Proposals for more research and development in technological carbon sequestration are another step in the right direction.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 11:53 AM

@#9 ... so that's a good start. ...

Indeed, Republicans actually acknowledging that there is a climate problem is a very good start.

They've been in denial for years.

From your #1 ... "our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change," Crowther told The Independent. ...

Using a weapon against the symptom is not a solution, it is a Band-Aid.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-24 12:14 PM

Yeah a high-school dropout whose economic expertise consists of getting a "B" in home economics is going to save the planet. lol

#5 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Better than being a worthless taker who hates everything but lacks the balls to do anything about it.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-24 12:20 PM

Planting billions of trees is most effective climate change solution', researchers say
#9 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Yep but its not enough on its own. Not even close.

To keep up with emissions, we have to plant 1.5 TRILLION trees PER YEAR.

The trees won't reach maximum effect until 50-100 years after planting.

And we can't ever cut those trees down.

Worse, we'd have to give up huge amounts of pastures and farm land to plant the trees which cuts into our food production.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-01-24 12:38 PM

--Yep but its not enough on its own. Not even close.

How woulc you know? Are you some self-identified "climate scientist" like Jane Fonda?

"To keep up with emissions, we have to plant 1.5 TRILLION trees PER YEAR.
The trees won't reach maximum effect until 50-100 years after planting."

Pulling those numbers out of your rear? That's utter rubbish.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 06:23 PM

Yeah a high-school dropout whose economic expertise consists of getting a "B" in home economics is going to save the planet. lol

#5 | Posted by nullifidian

Yeah a high school dropout who's daddy gave him everything he has is going to lead america to success.

Last person to call anyone else a cult is a trump supporter.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-01-24 08:00 PM

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