California program overestimates climate benefits of forest offsets -study

Facts mean nothing to those wanting to control the population.  Science means nothing to those wanting to create a Depression in California.  Supporters of Schwarzenegger/Newsom do not care if jobs are lost or the cost of lumber goes up or the middle class is forced to leave the State for survival.  These fascists prefer government to freedom and abuse of the environment as a means of ending our rights and pushing us into poverty.

“California’s forest carbon offset program has generated tens of millions of credits that have questionable value in fighting climate change, a nonprofit group of scientists said this week.

CarbonPlan, a group that researches the integrity of programs designed to offset carbon emissions, said that 29% of the forest carbon offsets it analyzed in California’s cap and trade program overestimated the amount of carbon emissions they were offsetting, totaling 30 million tonnes, worth about $410 million.

“Rather than improve forest management to store additional carbon, ecological and statistical flaws in California’s offsets program create incentives to generate credits that do not reflect real climate benefits,” said the analysis.

The “credits” are not about science, they are about money for government.  It is a lie and excuse to force corporations to spend on unneeded equipment, to do without or forced to leave the State.  At least someone is looking at the facts—facts you will not see in the Bee, chronicle or El Segundo Times—media corporate socialism needs to stick together with government to destroy our freedoms and economy.

California program overestimates climate benefits of forest offsets -study

Reuters, 4/30/21  

California’s forest carbon offset program has generated tens of millions of credits that have questionable value in fighting climate change, a nonprofit group of scientists said this week.

CarbonPlan, a group that researches the integrity of programs designed to offset carbon emissions, said that 29% of the forest carbon offsets it analyzed in California’s cap and trade program overestimated the amount of carbon emissions they were offsetting, totaling 30 million tonnes, worth about $410 million.

“Rather than improve forest management to store additional carbon, ecological and statistical flaws in California’s offsets program create incentives to generate credits that do not reflect real climate benefits,” said the analysis.

Carbon offset plans encourage polluters to cut their emissions or purchase credits from companies or projects that reduce carbon, by setting a gradually reduced cap on pollution. California’s cap and trade program, for example, allows oil companies and other emitters to purchase offset credits from a forest owner who agrees to reduce or delay a timber harvest.

The CarbonPlan study said the carbon offset plan did not always consider the variability of tree species in storing carbon, leading to flaws in the accounting.

The California Air Resource Board, the agency that implements the state’s program, said that the methodologies used in the forest protocol it approved were developed through a public process. Carbon credits issued to projects in the program “represent real, quantifiable, permanent, verifiable, enforceable, and additional reductions,” it said.

Scientists are likely to scrutinize carbon offsets programs more as President Joe Biden pushes his plan to put the country on a path to fully decarbonize the economy by 2050. The California forest carbon offset program, worth more than $2 billion, is the biggest such program in existence.

The CarbonPlan study was released on the web to spark public comment and early versions were shared in February with journalists at ProPublica. It has also been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Comments

  1. Really??? says

    Think of this.

    If the climate models are correct from the Radical Left, there is a serious problem. Man made carbon issues are a serious problem.

    BUT

    It the models are based on a “set point” that states the baseline temperatures they are using are very low. That means ANY CHANGES appear to point their bony fingers directly at Human Carbon use. I just watched a very scientific measurement of CORE ICE that accurately reports both carbon in the ice and what the TEMPERATURE had to be when the ice was formed.

    The scientific team then concludes their report stating that the “sky is falling” scientists(?) have used a very low baseline to start their supporting measurements. They clearly show both the “average” and “mean” temperatures of the world has been much higher.

    there you go. We NEED ELECTRIC cars because the sky is falling. We cannot change climate warming without destroying both every effective energy uses, and the latest in clean multi-sources of energy. (gas, oil, natural gas, etc.)

    Still think your idiots like Brown, Newsom, Pelosie, Shiffty, Biden, Harris, Tax’n Jackson. are great people?

    If you do you are the Judas Goat leading the rest of the world into destruction and dictatorship.

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