This month's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences should make warm reading for Al Gore.
The Wall Street Journal
Op-Ed April 14 2007
By Russell Seitz
A report that just came online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences should make warm reading for Al Gore. The Former Next President, like many black clad greens gracing the cover of Vanity Fair , relies on firms that promise to plant trees to offset their clients' fuel intensive lifestyles , allowing the affluent to ignore their effluence and claim to be CO2 free. Al also points to windmills and other energy alternatives when pleading carbon-neutral to charges he's hardly innocent of global warming.
But where do Al Gore's green woodlands grow? Canada? Scotland? Patagonia? Alaska? Siberia? Does he really know? Carbon offsets are sold by the ton, not by the acre, and don't come with return addresses.
He'd better find out--before Earth Day. The research reported by Govindasamy Bala of Lawrence Livermore National laboratory and colleagues at the Carnegie Institute of Global Ecology compared the climate effects of planting and clearing forests at latitudes high and low. Their computer simulations yielded some disturbing results.