CO2Australia boasts of planting three million carbon credit
trees. This is “just the beginning” of a new bubble industry, the
This bubble is set to inflate rapidly. To offset just one day of
Qantas operations, CO2 promoters must plant more than 200,000
trees in permanent forests covering 130 hectares. How much land
is required to offset all Australian power stations, industry and
Yes these trees will consume carbon dioxide. However CO2 levels
today are well below what is ideal for plant growth. While they
are growing strongly, these trees will suck the gas of life from
the atmosphere, competing strongly with nearby crops and plant
life for the traces of carbon dioxide remaining.
Then as the trees mature, growth stops. The aging forest just
sits there, some trees growing, some dying and net carbon
sequestration ceases. It becomes a sterile shrine to the green
religion whose main impact on the biosphere is providing a haven
for feral animals and noxious weeds.
Green spruikers claim that they only use land not suitable for
anything else. Wrong! Every bit of Australia not covered by road,
cities, parks or deserts can support crops, timber-getting or
grazing animals. Carbon-credit forests gnaw away at this national
land asset every year.
Moreover, CO2.con investors, like all speculators, want quick
returns. Their quick return demands rapidly growing trees in
arable country – deserts and salt pans are uneconomical. Thus the
wheat/sheep belt is shrinking.
No one can demonstrate any climate or environmental benefit from
Forcing consumers and taxpayers to fund this large scale
permanent land sterilisation is clearly unsustainable. All
Australians fund this destruction via increased prices for
electricity, cement, steel, air tickets and rail fares, and
reduced land for food production. The carbon tax will increase
Like all bubble industries, the CO2.con industry must end in
tears, and the sooner it ends the better.
The Carbon Sense Coalition
Letter to the Editor
24th April 2012
The CO2.con Bubble
Permanent Link: The CO2.con Bubble
Publish Date: 24 Apr 12
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