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Do trees cause global warming? (rotting wood in rainforests biggest culprit)
Politico ^ | DARREN SAMUELSOHN

Posted on 05/26/2011 9:04:39 AM PDT by Libloather

Do trees cause global warming?
By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 5/25/11 8:33 PM EDT

Looking for a solution to global warming? Maybe start clear-cutting many of the world's forests, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says.

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs oversight subcommittee made it clear during a Wednesday hearing that he doesn't believe in man-made global warming.

But if it were true — and most of the world's scientists agree it is — Rohrabacher said he's hit on an answer by tackling the 80 to 90 percent of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions "generated by nature itself": Namely, yank down old trees and get rid of the rotting wood in rainforests.

"Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?" the California Republican asked Todd Stern, the top U.S. climate diplomat and lead witness at the hearing. "Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?"

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming; rohrabacher; trees
Nature - it should be a crime.
1 posted on 05/26/2011 9:04:45 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

wow.

The greenies might need to think on this one for a long time.


2 posted on 05/26/2011 9:06:09 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Libloather

“...But if it were true — and most of the world’s scientists agree it is...”

Bull Obama!

Most real scientists (e.g., those who are doing something other than “climate change” research) would never sign up to such idiocy.

Politico, you might try hiring someone who actually passed physics 101...if there are any around willing to work for your rag.


3 posted on 05/26/2011 9:09:01 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Libloather
Namely, yank down old trees and get rid of the rotting wood in rainforests.

OK, so what then? Bury them? Burn them? Don't those activities generate the same byproducts as regular ground rot, although at different rates?

4 posted on 05/26/2011 9:10:00 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Da Coyote

I wish these lib clowns who come up with this nonsense would just hang themselves due to the waste of oxygen, which could harm their mother Gaia.


5 posted on 05/26/2011 9:10:50 AM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: Libloather
But if it were true — and most of the world's scientists agree it is

It sill amazes me that liberals continue to make this claim, without any effort to offer proof of this statement, and in contradiction to the clear evidence that is publicly available.

6 posted on 05/26/2011 9:10:57 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Build with the material.

I did my part, last year we clear cut quite a few acres.


7 posted on 05/26/2011 9:11:19 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


8 posted on 05/26/2011 9:11:28 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Libloather

Maybe we could convince the “tree-huggers” to start eating rotten wood. Afterall...aren’t most of them vegans too?


9 posted on 05/26/2011 9:12:14 AM PDT by moovova (Obama...a man, a president, a loser.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

A better idea would be to do more LOGGING in hardwood forests, grab older trees in their prime BEFORE they rot, make good furniture with the wood, and re-plant the area.


10 posted on 05/26/2011 9:18:19 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Libloather

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

— Mark Twain


11 posted on 05/26/2011 9:21:05 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. -- John Steinbeck)
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To: Libloather

The late Pat Paulson once said that the number one cause of forest fires is TREES. Get rid of the trees and no more forest fires. LOL

About as sensible as this theory.


12 posted on 05/26/2011 9:24:12 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Pearls Before Swine
OK, so what then? Bury them? Burn them? Don't those activities generate the same byproducts as regular ground rot, although at different rate

That's true. In fact, the net oxygen production of trees (and any other plants) is exactly zero. Every atom of carbon they extract from the atmosphere (as part of CO2) and incorporate in their structure is returned to the atmosphere as CO2 when the tree rots, is burned, is eaten by termites, or whatever. Growing plants do not make any permanent net addition of oxygen to the atmosphere, or make any permanent net reduction of CO2. It's too bad the greens are ignorant of science.

The only way to use trees to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere is to let them grow, turn them into paper, use the paper once (no recycling), and bury the paper where the oxygen in the air can't get at it. But try telling that to the greens whose sacrament is recycling.

13 posted on 05/26/2011 9:26:17 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Use the trees for building material. Protected from the weather, walls and furniture are not breaking down into CO2.


14 posted on 05/26/2011 9:28:50 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Libloather
Such basic errors in logic:

I'm concerned about Warming -- and what I mean by that is that I'm concerned about CO2

The other night I wanted to cook up a steak. What did I do? Well, naturally, I got out a fire extinguisher and sprayed CO2 all over the beef. I like my steak well done, so I sprayed it for quite a while. It turned out great! Just the way I like it!

Sarcasm aside: Wood has been rotting in forests for quite a while. If the earth is going to heat up based on that, then we have to say that's just nature doing what nature does. Human guilt and concern over this is 100% mis-placed.

15 posted on 05/26/2011 9:28:50 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Well yes, and for that matter coal is doing the same thing just on a longer time cycle. It’s just returning carbon to the environment after bottling it up for a while.

It’s also true that the Earth has a zero net change in carbon, as a whole. There’s never more or less of any element on earth. It just moves from one place to another.


16 posted on 05/26/2011 9:41:21 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Libloather

It’s the termites that are responsible, I tell ya!

CO2-emitting little buggers.


17 posted on 05/26/2011 9:43:30 AM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: Libloather

Goodness! We must make sure no tree ever dies a natural death. We must abort them — with chainsaws.


18 posted on 05/26/2011 10:07:03 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“OK, so what then? Bury them? Burn them?”

Cut them into small pieces, and store them in ZipLok bags!


19 posted on 05/26/2011 10:08:45 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Da Coyote

“...But if it were true — and most of the world’s scientists agree it is...”
Also if my Aunt had a ____________________ he would be my Uncle!


20 posted on 05/26/2011 10:15:15 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: Libloather

I know there’s not a lot of IQ on the left ... but stop the wood rotting and how much cooler would it get? Now, turn off the sun ... whadduyathink? Global Warming is SUN-MADE thank to God.


21 posted on 05/26/2011 10:19:10 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: Army Air Corps; DollyCali; markomalley; Bockscar; Thunder90; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Normandy; ...
Thanx for the ping Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

22 posted on 05/26/2011 10:33:26 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Libloather

Thats pretty much true. The best way to sequester CO2 would be to cut down young trees, and then bury them deep underground. New growth gobbles up CO2, burying it keeps it from rotting and releasing Co2 to the atmosphere. This idea really bugs the greenies, but it is consistent with their desire to lower Co2.


23 posted on 05/26/2011 11:20:38 AM PDT by Paradox (Obama gets Trumped.)
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To: Libloather

Many eminent physicists including the great Dr. Edward Teller, dispute that the global warming theory cannot be supported by the laws of Physics. There is some very good information at this link: http://www.petitionproject.org/


24 posted on 05/26/2011 11:40:05 AM PDT by Hillary'sMoralVoid
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To: Pearls Before Swine; Libloather
Namely, yank down old trees and get rid of the rotting wood in rainforests.

Think of how many species would lose their HOMELAND and go extinct. Don't the greenies care about insects, and the millions of other life forms that depend on them ?

25 posted on 05/26/2011 11:57:13 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2
Don't the greenies care about insects, and the millions of other life forms that depend on them ?

Yes, they focus on them when they can be used to hod up an energy project or block irrigation.

26 posted on 05/26/2011 12:48:16 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Libloather

Trees release a lot of water vapor into the air.


27 posted on 05/26/2011 1:12:02 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Libloather

Ronald Reagan said this when he was president and the left slammed him for it now the left is picking up the flag.


28 posted on 05/28/2011 1:11:36 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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