This is the type of scam you would expect Hunter Biden to promote.

Wildfires are destroying California’s forest carbon credit reserves-study

The fraud of carbon credits is the abuse of the taxpayers, in this case the wildfires may help the economy of California.  Offsets are just a gancy term for moving carbon from one area—those buying the carbon credits, to another area—those selling the offsets.  The amount of carbon on the globe is the exact same—but millions are spent pretending you are saving the Earth.

Carbon offsets generated from forests to counteract future climate-warming emissions from California’s big polluters are rapidly being depleted as trees are ravaged by wildfire and disease, new research published on Friday suggests.

One of California’s key policy tools to combat climate change may be falling far short of its goals, the researchers said – raising questions about similar carbon offset programs around the world.”

This is the type of scam you would expect Hunter Biden to promote.

By Nichola Groom, Reuters, 8/5/22  

(Reuters) – Carbon offsets generated from forests to counteract future climate-warming emissions from California’s big polluters are rapidly being depleted as trees are ravaged by wildfire and disease, new research published on Friday suggests.

One of California’s key policy tools to combat climate change may be falling far short of its goals, the researchers said – raising questions about similar carbon offset programs around the world.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, was conducted by CarbonPlan, a San Francisco-based non-profit that researches the integrity of programs designed to offset carbon emissions. The group’s research has questioned the value of the California forest carbon offset program in fighting climate change in the past.

“The problems we observe here aren’t unique to the California program and raise broader concerns about the integrity of offsets’ permanence claims,” Freya Chay, one of the study’s authors, said in a statement.

Under California law, large emitters face carbon limits and can buy allowances if they exceed them. They may offset up to 4% of their emissions with offset credits, such as those generated from the program’s forest conservation projects in 29 states, according to the California Air Resources Board.

A portion of those credits are put into a buffer account, an insurance mechanism tapped in the event that projects are lost to wildfire, disease, pests or financial risks such as bankruptcy. Those credits are meant to guarantee carbon stocks for at least 100 years. But that promise is falling short as climate change fuels intense wildfires, drought and disease, the researchers said.

Wildfires have depleted nearly one fifth of that buffer pool in less than a decade, the analysis found.

The researchers also projected potential losses associated with the disease sudden oak death, which has killed millions of trees in California and Oregon in the last two decades. Widespread tree mortality due to sudden oak death could wipe out all the credits set aside for disease and insect risks to offset projects, the study estimated.

In an emailed statement, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) said its Compliance Offsets Program was “a prudent part of our program,” and that its risk metrics were based on the information available to the state agency at the time the policy was developed.

“We will of course again assess all relevant science and new information when we conduct our next protocol update,” CARB spokesman David Clegern said, without giving a timeline.

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Comments

  1. …”climate change fuels intense wildfires, drought and disease, the researchers said.”

    Puh-leeze, let’s stop publishing quotes like these from researchers who exist to fight the effects of climate change, formerly “global warming,” “global cooling,” and currently a constantly-debunked source of dire predictions, à la Henny Penny.

    “California’s key policy tools” seem to work out as a jobs program with “researchers” living on the taxpayers’ unwitting generosity.

    I must have missed the publicity that surrounded this program when I was offered a chance to vote for it.

    But wait…I forgot we don’t get a vote on actions of unelected bureaucrats, silly me.

  2. p.s. Steve, please leave “He Shot My Arm Off” posted for all to see.

    And have you seen the video of the Las Vegas, Nevada, smoke shop owner repelling lowlifes with his knife? More stories lie these in constant circulation could be the best deterrent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD7puHMoeVM

  3. Stan Sexton says

    Although you will never see or hear it, many wildfires are caused by Pyro-Terrorism. Look that up on Google.
    The U.S. Forest Service had a conference on Pyro-Terrorism, but it is not PC to talk about it.

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