One of my political mantras is: Capitalism Solves Everything.
(For those of you who don't recall, Capitalism was an economic system practiced in the United States from the founding of the nation up until late 2008 to early 2009.)
The full explanation of this phrase is for another post, but suffice it to say that I believe that capitalism would solve environmental problems if it were allowed to function to its full potential.
The problem with the way many environmentalists go about protecting the environment is that they do so by attacking capitalism. So, like any sane person, I am totally in favor of protecting the water supply and having breathable air, I simply do not believe that more government involvement is the answer.
Nor do I believe shutting down big businesses by legal force or though
ELF torched this home.
Burning stuff for the environment. Yeah, you're not crazy.
You want people to embrace environmentalism, allow the free markets to work, and amazing things will happen.
Mature trees, like all living things, metabolize more slowly as they grow old. A forest of young, vigorously growing trees will remove five to seven tons more CO2 per acre than old growth. There are plenty of good reasons to preserve old growth forests, but redressing the CO2 balance is not one of them. If we were really interested (as we should be) in reducing atmospheric CO2, we should be vigorously pursuing reforestation and the planting of trees and shrubs, including in urban areas, where local impacts on the atmosphere are greatest. "Reforestation has been going on through enlightened forestry practices on private lands by timber companies and as a result of changes in agricultural and land use. In the United States, the average annual wood growth is now more than three times what it was in 1920, and the growing stock has increased 18 percent from 1952 to 1977. Forests in America continue to increase in size, even while supplying a substantial fraction of the world's timber needs."Why is it that logging companies exist? I know the primary reason is to utterly decimate miles and miles of land and destroy the atmosphere by removing our only source of oxygen. But the secondary reason logging companies exist is to make money.
(Dixy Lee Ray with Lou Guzzo, Trashing the Planet, (New York: Harper Collins, 1990), p. 36.)
If you only had 100 head of cattle, would you kill them all for money right away? Of course not. You would breed them first in order to be resupplied with the raw materials which you produce. Logging companies are not bent on the destruction of forests, they are bent on the creation of large bank accounts. This is done through the miracle of capitalism and the foresight of capitalists to plant new trees and allow them to grow as you cut down the mature trees thereby creating a source of income for the future.
By capitalism we get the benefit wood products and an ever-growing supply of oxygen-rich air.
So, on this 39th Earth Day take a deep breath and thank capitalism for providing this priceless commodity of breathable air at no charge!
Oh and "carbon off-sets" are a stupid idea, but God bless the capitalist who sells them to environmentalist suckers.