Charles Laws 
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Re: “Beyond Cap-and-Trade: Many Environmentalists Say California Will Improve Climate Policy If It Reduces Emissions at Source

The issues contained within the present concepts of offsets are just one part of the larger problems created by CO2 emissions.

No matter what the scale of emission reduction is, atmospheric CO2 concentration will not be reduced. Only return to Earth of mineralized carbon can do that. Sequestration of carbon dioxide by regrowth of forests and greater soil organic carbon content will quickly be balanced by ecological releases of CO2.

Interregional and international offsets and traded allowances have been prohibited in several places around the world, and I would endorse their application , especially in places like the Bay Area. National policies might cap total emissions, and distribute them to the county levels and take into account the offsets from a variety of actions in national control targets. But, locally concentrated generation of GHG and other pollutants must, in all justice, remain -or be taken- under control of the local stakeholders.

I work with "Associated Carbon Technologies, Inc" that advocates conversion of biomass to fuels and residual chars, with the mineralized chars returned to soils as "biochar", an agriculturally beneficial soil amendment, with potential financial benefit to the biomass producers and converters from the sale of 'permanent' sequestration offsets.

Posted by Charles Laws on 07/21/2016 at 4:12 PM

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