Save the Trees and Save the World! Just Not Our Trees!
Our government, which recognizes the value of trees in other countries, seems to be completely at ease in turning off the water to our trees.
Jul 11, 2013
The following letter appeared in the Coalinga Recorder. It gets two thumbs up from us.
Plants gobble up CO2, the dioxide so many credit with global warming. Recently scientists, who study the CO2 absorption rates, believe the absorption rates by trees is 45% greater than previously thought.
The U.S. State Department, along with other countries, are asking Brazil and the tropical African countries to not deplete the rainforest and to grow sugar cane and provide more grazing land for their animals. The State Department has put a lot of effort into this as they say the loss of trees will increase the CO2 in the atmosphere, thereby increasing global warming.
Much of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley has been planted to trees. Healthy trees absorb CO2. The California Carbon Tax Offset should be as available to orchardists as to electric automobile companies.
Our government, which recognizes the value of trees in other countries, seems to be completely at ease in turning off the water to our trees. The question is how can we get the water turned back on?
Our crops need water to provide work for thousands while our government spends billions to create jobs. The crop value is in the billions of dollars and these crops help feed a hungry world while our government spends millions to create sales abroad.
The trees planted on the westside help reduce the CO2 created by the vehicles driving the I-5 corridor every day. Getting water to the westside is a win-win proposition. Why can't our federal and state governments understand this? They should turn the water back on for the good of everyone.
Glenn H. Marcussen
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