EF! Fined $1million in Idaho

D. Braun dbraun at u.washington.edu
Sun Feb 23 19:00:59 EST 1997

On Sat, 22 Feb 1997, Richard E. Haley, Jr. wrote:

> wbg wrote:
> > Of course the newly planted aren't "Old Growth".
> This is an important point, we kill forests, and replace trees.  What we
> end up with is a monoculture farm in place of an ecosystem.  We lose
> depth
> of variety as well.
> > 
> > : > to help filter the air and produce oxygen.  We need not fewer trees but
> > : > more and because of the myopic vision of people like you, the CO2 levels
> > : > have risen over 12% since 1900.
> > 
> > Give me a break, and check your facts before recyclying the
> > anti-capitalist Greens crap. We have more trees today in North America
> > than we had in 1900. Since that verifiable fact might impair your
> > ideologically bent polemics, you'd prefer to pretend it doesn't exist.

Stinky red herring, left over from the Limbaugh show (Hey, I wouldn't eat
it either). The number of trees isn't the issue, its the quality of the
forest--- and old-growth forests have irreplaceable qualities in addition
to valuable timber.

> It is not intended as anti-capitalist crap, but pro-future-humans crap. 
> If we 
> suffocate in our own shit that would not be very smart (but it would be 
> predictable).  We are not now, nor have been historically, much more
> than very
> clever little creatures; forethought was always Prometheus' job, we just 
> dealt with the fire.
> We do need to reduce the CO2 in our air, but it would be easier to do
> this 
> with renewable fuels, which effect a net CO2 loss (like vegatable oils--
> particularly hemp seed oil), than with more trees.  If we continue to
> use 
> petroleum oil as fuel, and expect that we will somehow "scrub" the air
> clean 
> by planting trees, we are in the same situation as a fat alcoholic who
> decides
> to lose weight by only drinking Lite Beer.
> Not only that, but here it is that we have this neat goo hidden down in
> the rocks
> that we can make all sorts of things out of, and what are we doing with
> it? 
> Burning it.
> -- 
> Richard E. Haley, Jr.
> mailto:writch at writch.com
> http://www.writch.com/

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