Carbon Credits are the Talk of the Media (Dec./Jan. 2017)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

Carbon credits are the talk of the media and at the coffee shops these days, with the pros and the cons tossed about at random. Mark Bonokoski wrote a piece for the Sun Media chain a couple of weeks ago and presented some interesting facts. http://www.torontosun.com/2016/08/10/notseeing-the-forests-for-the-trillions-of-trees.

Firstly that Canada has 990 million acres of forests. Every acre sequesters 2.6 tons of carbon, or about 2.5 billion tons per year. Canada produces about 600 million tons per year or about one quarter of what the trees absorb. So that would mean we are about 1.9 billion tons on the plus side of the equation. On top of that, we have 370 million acres of wetland that also sequesters carbon as does pasture land and cropland. At minimum, we are sequestering more than 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide more than we produce and probably a lot more.

So why are we going to pay California carbon credit monies? Obviously so we can feel less guilty and look greener to the worlds’ eco-fascists who have decided to use the “man-made global climate change” catch phrase as their vehicle to socially manipulate the people of the free world into “one world order”. The private property owners of the free world are the biggest obstacle to that world domination of this socialist agenda.

Up until the last forty years, there was never a worry about losing the protection of the private property rights, because it was recognized in the constitution and written into all laws when legislation was drawn up in the halls of government. Today however, is a different story. Pierre Trudeau brought us his 1982 Constitution that had the ‘not withstanding clause’ in it that removes individual rights to the favour of the better good of the country and Bob Rae, McGuinty and Wynne have drawn up legislation that allows government departments to try to gain the property rights away from the property owner, by any devious method they can come up with, including intimidation and extortion.

Now we have Justin Trudeau at the helm of the country, forcing a carbon tax on everyone, even provinces that refuse to do it. This is a prolonged movement, with the intent to remove those hold-outs that are left in the rural, where energy is so critical to the survival of those businesses and families. The people in the urban settings are being sold a fairy tale of part truths and lies about our energy guzzling lifestyle which is destroying our world. No one is counting the trees, no one is counting the wetlands, the lakes or the farms. They all sequester CO2 so even though I do not believe that we can change the climate in any meaningful way by paying money to someone else, I do think that those who promote this as a solution, should at least treat us fairly under their own terms and credit us for saving the rest of the world from plant-friendly air. That would mean that the world should be paying us for the carbon sequestering. That would mean that instead of paying $80 more on every gas bill, we would receive an $80 credit on each of those bills. What’s the chance of that happening?

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  1. Val Jobson on February 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm said:

    Bonokoski’s column is not factual. Sometimes forests are carbon sinks, sometimes they are carbon sources. Trees absorb carbon, then they die or burn and emit carbon. It’s a cycle. Why don’t you do some actual research before printing such blithering nonsense. Start here:

    “For the past century, Canada’s managed forests have been a significant carbon sink, steadily adding carbon to that already stored. In recent decades, however, the situation has reversed in some years: Canada’s forests have become carbon sources, releasing more carbon into the atmosphere than they are accumulating in any given year.

    Several factors have contributed to this shift. The annual total area burned by wildland fires has increased substantially. Unprecedented insect outbreaks have occurred. And annual harvest rates have shifted dramatically in response to economic demand, increasing in the 1990s and decreasing sharply with the global economic recession.

    The combination of these events and activities has resulted in Canada’s managed forest acting as a net carbon source in years when large areas are burned.”

    http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/climate-change/forest-carbon/13085

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Carbon Credits are the Talk of the Media (Dec./Jan. 2017)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

Carbon credits are the talk of the media and at the coffee shops these days, with the pros and the cons tossed about at random. Mark Bonokoski wrote a piece for the Sun Media chain a couple of weeks ago and presented some interesting facts. http://www.torontosun.com/2016/08/10/notseeing-the-forests-for-the-trillions-of-trees.

Firstly that Canada has 990 million acres of forests. Every acre sequesters 2.6 tons of carbon, or about 2.5 billion tons per year. Canada produces about 600 million tons per year or about one quarter of what the trees absorb. So that would mean we are about 1.9 billion tons on the plus side of the equation. On top of that, we have 370 million acres of wetland that also sequesters carbon as does pasture land and cropland. At minimum, we are sequestering more than 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide more than we produce and probably a lot more.

So why are we going to pay California carbon credit monies? Obviously so we can feel less guilty and look greener to the worlds’ eco-fascists who have decided to use the “man-made global climate change” catch phrase as their vehicle to socially manipulate the people of the free world into “one world order”. The private property owners of the free world are the biggest obstacle to that world domination of this socialist agenda.

Up until the last forty years, there was never a worry about losing the protection of the private property rights, because it was recognized in the constitution and written into all laws when legislation was drawn up in the halls of government. Today however, is a different story. Pierre Trudeau brought us his 1982 Constitution that had the ‘not withstanding clause’ in it that removes individual rights to the favour of the better good of the country and Bob Rae, McGuinty and Wynne have drawn up legislation that allows government departments to try to gain the property rights away from the property owner, by any devious method they can come up with, including intimidation and extortion.

Now we have Justin Trudeau at the helm of the country, forcing a carbon tax on everyone, even provinces that refuse to do it. This is a prolonged movement, with the intent to remove those hold-outs that are left in the rural, where energy is so critical to the survival of those businesses and families. The people in the urban settings are being sold a fairy tale of part truths and lies about our energy guzzling lifestyle which is destroying our world. No one is counting the trees, no one is counting the wetlands, the lakes or the farms. They all sequester CO2 so even though I do not believe that we can change the climate in any meaningful way by paying money to someone else, I do think that those who promote this as a solution, should at least treat us fairly under their own terms and credit us for saving the rest of the world from plant-friendly air. That would mean that the world should be paying us for the carbon sequestering. That would mean that instead of paying $80 more on every gas bill, we would receive an $80 credit on each of those bills. What’s the chance of that happening?

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