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  •  CO2 emissions are NEVER beneficial, even when (0+ / 0-)

    they come from renewable fuels.

    All CO2 emissions from all sources on the planet contribute to our currently increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations....that means all sources...not just fossil fuel sources.

    No reputable air quality agency responsible for controlling greenhouse gas emissions is going to take the approach of this commentor by saying that the solution to greenhouse gas emission problems that lead to increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and global warming will somehow be found in a program of increasing the proportion of carbon dioxide emissions that are generated from biomass combustion.

    •  No claim has been made that CO2 emissions ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... are beneficial. The claim is that CO2 capture is good, and you are claiming that CO2 capture is meaningless and only emission counts.

      The claim is that the important value is the net emission, because the CO2 in the atmosphere is a stock, and you can only analyze changes in a stock by analyzing both the additions and the subtractions.

      Each ton of CO2 emission is a bad. Each ton of CO2 capture is a good. Therefore a ton of CO2 captured that is then emitted is neither good nor bad for CO2 concentration levels. Hence the phrase, "carbon neutral".

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      by BruceMcF on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 03:21:05 AM PDT

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    •  Well, at a basic level, your assertion is false... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...As CO2 emissions from animals, decay organisms, and other natural processes are necessary to power the carbon cycle; without them, all photosynthetizing plants would die.

      Also, any approach that offsets fossil CO2 emissions with combustion of biomass is beneficial, as it decreases the rate of increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.  

      Man, it's not my fault you fail at math.  Or the carbon cycle.

      •  Note that with the essay no longer on ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... the Community Spotlight, I believe that LakeSuperior will no longer inhabit the diary making the quite nonsensical claim that capture of one ton of carbon following by emission of the same ton of carbon results in a greater concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere than emission of a half ton of fossil carbon in the combustion of the natural gas that he is advocating.

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        by BruceMcF on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 11:40:04 PM PDT

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