Skip to comments.New California rules allow timber firms to sell carbon credits
Posted on 09/25/2009 9:10:55 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
The Schwarzenegger administration pushed through new rules Thursday allowing California's biggest timber firms to cash in on the fight against global warming even as they clear-cut parts of their forests.
Forest owners stand to reap tens of millions of dollars in the coming decades by selling the capacity of their woods to cleanse the air of carbon dioxide, offsetting greenhouse gases belched by industrial polluters.
But the administration's successful effort to allow loggers to sell their carbon credits to industry while also clear-cutting their lands sparked intense opposition from several conservation groups.
Ecologists say the self-styled "green" governor, an opponent of global deforestation, is undermining his credibility by letting logging firms profit from the global-warming battle while practicing California-style deforestation.
"The governor is using Vietnam-era logic: We have to burn the village to save it," said Jeff Shellito, an environmental consultant. "It's hypocrisy. How can the governor be a leader on the world stage if his own regulators are saying it's OK to do clear-cutting?"
Supporters say the new rules, approved by the California Air Resources Board, provide airtight accounting standards for trading carbon credits and will become the gold standard for other states.
"California is adopting the most stringent forestry protocols in the world," said Linda Adams, Schwarzenegger's environment secretary. "We're very proud of this effort."
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Jaaa sure. Most of it is gonna burn up eventually anyway if the beetles don't get to it first.. or it dies of old age.
What a bunch of malarky. Anybody want some bulbs? I’ve got a bag here.
What a hoot!
I’ve got about 12 trees out back -— who wants to buy my carbon credits?
Oh, it only works for friends of politicians?
Gee what a surprise ......
You gotta admit; this IS pretty stupid (if it is as advertised).
Selling my ability to wash your car AND selling my washrag is just a bit fraudulent, isn't it?
Click on the Link to see what this is all about. It is an explanation of GOD’s carbon sequestration scheme.
“I just don’t like clear-cutting,” board member Dorene D’Adamo said......
There is hardly ANY clear-cutting anymore. Most forests are carefully inventoried and just certain percentages of trees are removed. I want to thin my 30 acres but if they want to pay me the same in carbon credits, maybe I won’t.
This ought to get interesting.
Yup, you could be rich and not even know it. ;-)
It’ll take a LOT of credit to cover $30K for a THP!
The Mountain Pine Beattle only kills pine tree species such as Lodgepole Pine and Ponderosa Pine. THey do not infest/kill Douglas Fir, Engleman Spruce, Redwood , Sitka Spruce, Grand Fir, Red fir or White fir.
Also, most of the fires are in southern California. Most of the commercial timber is harvested north of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada and the Coast range.
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