Back in the 80s when it was called global warming I asked a very leftist friend this question:
“It is claimed that (in the US) $15 billion a year in new tree plantings will completely eliminate any increases in CO2 from man made sources. $15 billion is chump change in the federal budget. So, why do liberals want to institute trillions in economic regulations to the average person when that is the case?”
Essentially, he just refused to answer me. So I told him, it’s socialism and control. Not the climate. Silence.
It’s amazing how much forests are increasing in the US.
According to the terrific book “The Bottomless Well” by Peter Huber and Mark Mills (2005):
“America’s forest cover today is between 20 million and 80 million acres higher than in 1920... We’re adding new lumber-quality trees 30 percent faster than we’re harvesting them. For the first time in history, a Western nation has halted, and then reversed the decline of its woodlands. Within a generation, if current trends continue, America could return to the levels of forestation last seen by the Pilgrims.”
The book also gives evidence that the US is a carbon sink, e.g. the air on the west coast (from China!) has more CO2 in it than when it gets to the east coast. So CO2 has been scrubbed out as it crosses the US.
The increase in global CO2 is due other countries. So even if CO2 were a problem, it’s not due to us.