The carbon underground

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A short and interesting interview with someone that gets it.
The Carbon Underground brings down-to-earth solution to climate change | The Organic & Non-GMO Report
What are the sources of CO2?

Newmark: It's coming from a variety of sources including burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, and from agriculture. But people don't focus on agriculture. They say that we need to switch to wind and solar energy. And, of course, we should transition from a fossil fuel-based energy system to clean energy. But we fail to confront the reality that it is the agricultural malpractice of current farming and ranching systems that contribute to more than half of human-caused CO2 emissions. Food and textile production are contributing billions of tons of CO2 each year.
The worst part of the challenge is that if we were to stop all CO2 emissions into the atmosphere--not one new molecule--that won't do anything to abate the climate crisis. We are already over 400 ppm and we need to get back to 350 ppm. Ideally we would like to get back to the pre-industrial era levels of 275 ppm.
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    I realize that the thrust of the discussion is how we farm and otherwise tend to plant life, but if one is willing to step back a bit, the sentence, "Food and textile production are contributing billions of tons of CO2 each year.", shows that there are simply too many of us, in relation to the planet's fixed resources. Here's a real simple comic that shows where things stand today, and of course, our population's still growing:



    Source: xkcd: Land Mammals
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      Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

      I realize that the thrust of the discussion is how we farm and otherwise tend to plant life, but if one is willing to step back a bit, the sentence, "Food and textile production are contributing billions of tons of CO2 each year.", shows that there are simply too many of us, in relation to the planet's fixed resources. Here's a real simple comic that shows where things stand today, and of course, our population's still growing:



      Source: xkcd: Land Mammals
      Actually the thrust of the discussion was about how important healthy soils are to our environment and in combating the effects of man on climate change. People here and around the country seem to think that getting off fossil fuels is the answer when asked what can we do to stop climate change. While that will slow down our contributions, it won't solve the problem or will it clean up what is already out there effecting our climate.
      As for your point of there being to many of us based on the amount of CO2 created from food and textile production, that's not really true. It's the way that food is produced and what is used for textiles and how they are produced that is the problem.
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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

        As for your point of there being to many of us based on the amount of CO2 created from food and textile production, that's not really true. It's the way that food is produced and what is used for textiles and how they are produced that is the problem.
        Thom; Actually, both can be true. Both can contribute.

        But the reality is, climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by every climatologist on the planet....and anyone keeping records......and the instruments themselves......and the weather people.....and all governments on Earth.....

        My new book, Climate Change; The War On Christmas...... is coming out soon.
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          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          Thom; Actually, both can be true. Both can contribute.

          But the reality is, climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by every climatologist on the planet....and anyone keeping records......and the instruments themselves......and the weather people.....and all governments on Earth.....

          My new book, Climate Change; The War On Christmas...... is coming out soon.
          No one's saying climate change is a hoax Claude. What is a hoax is blaming it all on fossil fuels and thinking that if we cross over to alternative energy sources it will end.
          As for food and textile production, there are safe non threatening ways to produce both that would not only be sustainable but also would have a positive effect on the climate.
          The methods we now use to produce our foods and textiles will not only turn the land into desserts and dust bowls but they also are incapable of handling the droughts they are in no small part responsible for. Meanwhile in Africa Once a Desert, Ethiopia Turns Wasteland Into Fertile Farms - Good News Network
          AFRICA: “The Man Who Stopped the Desert” | Inter Press Service
          One of the side benefits of what is going on there is the carbon retention of the soil (Soil Carbon Sequestration)is greatly increased which has a positive effect on man's contribution to climate change.
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          • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
            Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

            No one's saying climate change is a hoax Claude. What is a hoax is blaming it all on fossil fuels and thinking that if we cross over to alternative energy sources it will end.
            Thom; I know. I was joking.
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              Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

              Thom; I know. I was joking.
              I know you where Claude.

              My problem is with climate change being a very serious subject to me. So I'm usually inclined to reply with a short lecture rather then another joke
              Honestly I wish I could joke about it now and then, being serious all the time about anything isn't really my nature.
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              • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
                Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

                I know you where Claude.

                My problem is with climate change being a very serious subject to me.
                It's a serious subject to me as well. My sarcastic post was making fun of the uninformed.

                Sarcasm is my choice of weapon.......and my favorite tonic.
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                  Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                  It's a serious subject to me as well. My sarcastic post was making fun of the uninformed.

                  Sarcasm is my choice of weapon.......and my favorite tonic.
                  Same here at one time. Like I said being serious all the time on any subject really isn't my nature. Maybe it's part of my aging process or the result of smoking so much cannabis all the time. Funny thing is I use to feel sorry for the type of people I'm turning into
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      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      If you only flush your toilet on Thursdays you'll save $0.37 a month on the water bill & help the environment outside of your house for six days out of the week.
      Be sure that you use only one square of TP each time. (Some famous musician proposed that.)
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        Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

        Be sure that you use only one square of TP each time. (Some famous musician proposed that.)
        I'm organic, I use leaves.
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          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          I'm organic, I use leaves.
          That's just plain silly. Think of all the parking tickets, IRS delinquency notifications, jury duty letters and AARP membership invitations that could be put to good use instead of simply being ignored. Additionally, if you are lucky, you might have an energetic and persistent band of Jehovah's Witnesses leaving butt-wipe wedged in your screen door on a continuous basis.

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            Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

            That's just plain silly. Think of all the parking tickets, IRS delinquency notifications, jury duty letters and AARP membership invitations that could be put to good use instead of simply being ignored. Additionally, if you are lucky, you might have an energetic and persistent band of Jehovah's Witnesses leaving butt-wipe wedged in your screen door on a continuous basis.

            Cheers. - Frank
            Good idea, might also cut down on the poison ivy rash.
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              Originally Posted by yukon View Post

              Good idea, might also cut down on the poison ivy rash.
              See? Everything has a 'silver lining.'

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        Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

        Be sure that you use only one square of TP each time. (Some famous musician proposed that.)
        One of the house rules in your hotel?
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          One of the house rules in your hotel?
          They quarter one square for anyone under 48" tall. Tip: wear high heels.
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          • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
            Originally Posted by yukon View Post

            They quarter one square for anyone under 48" tall. Tip: wear high heels.
            That's why Dan Riffle always packs his stilettos when staying at Biz'es hotel.
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            • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
              Originally Posted by yukon View Post

              They quarter one square for anyone under 48" tall. Tip: wear high heels.
              Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

              That's why Dan Riffle always packs his stilettos when staying at Biz'es hotel.
              That's probably why Riffle does not stay here. He told me it was because he was sick that
              time he visited Colorado. Don't go anywhere with him, he probably "forgets" his wallet is at home.


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              Long ago, I read an article by a scientist who pointed out that it usually takes about two percent of people (maybe he was talking about people with brains like his) to be active in solving the world's problems. He gave several examples, the only one I can remember right now are the black clouds in England from when they burned coal for heat and cooking. Hopefully this applies to climate change-I think some man and some nature's cycles. And, I think it is entirely possible to have something as major, and as beyond our control, as a major ice age again.
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              • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
                Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

                That's probably why Riffle does not stay here. He told me it was because he was sick that
                time he visited Colorado. Don't go anywhere with him, he probably "forgets" his wallet is at home.


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                Long ago, I read an article by a scientist who pointed out that it usually takes about two percent of people (maybe he was talking about people with brains like his) to be active in solving the world's problems. He gave several examples, the only one I can remember right now are the black clouds in England from when they burned coal for heat and cooking. Hopefully this applies to climate change-I think some man and some nature's cycles. And, I think it is entirely possible to have something as major as a major ice age again.
                Ah, that takes me back to the early sixties, burning coal in the fireplaces in two rooms in our house in the UK. Outside, the smell and smokey atmosphere from all the other houses doing it. Before we stopped using coal fires we had gone to smokeless coal for a while. Gas Central Heating was a real luxury when we got it as it heated all rooms.
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                Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

                That's probably why Riffle does not stay here. He told me it was because he was sick that time he visited Colorado. Don't go anywhere with him, he probably "forgets" his wallet is at home.
                Hey, that sickness was legit. It's referred to as "The Great Colorado Flu" in my house. I now have a negative association with Colorado because of it.

                My wife thought I was playing it up until she caught it after we got home. I still give her a hard time for not believing me.
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                • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
                  Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

                  Hey, that sickness was legit. It's referred to as "The Great Colorado Flu" in my house. I now have a negative association with Colorado because of it.

                  My wife thought I was playing it up until she caught it after we got home. I still give her a hard time for not believing me.
                  I was listening to a newscast yesterday. It started....

                  "Chlamydia, also known by dwarfs as "The Great Colorado Flu"........."
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                    Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                    I was listening to a newscast yesterday. It started....

                    "Chlamydia, also known by dwarfs as "The Great Colorado Flu"........."
                    Sex is a wonderful thing.
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                    Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                    I was listening to a newscast yesterday. It started....

                    "Chlamydia, also known by dwarfs as "The Great Colorado Flu"........."
                    hey, don't pick on Colorado.LOL
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    US states by CO2 emission per GDP

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      US states by CO2 emission per GDP
      Thanks, but this seems to be slightly misleading. The same amount of CO2 is going to appear "better" when it is divided by more dollars, so all this does is imply that the more affluent states are "cleaner"/greener. If you took out the division, I'd bet that the carbon would be strongest over higher-populated areas.
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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        Thanks, but this seems to be slightly misleading. The same amount of CO2 is going to appear "better" when it is divided by more dollars, so all this does is imply that the more affluent states are "cleaner"/greener. If you took out the division, I'd bet that the carbon would be strongest over higher-populated areas.
        Such awareness is not wanted here.
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          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          Such awareness is not warranted here.
          Fixed that for you!

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