Richard Branson, together with Al Gore, is calling for a team of
research scientists to scavenge one billion tons of CO2 a year from
the sky. His reward for this solution is to be 25 million dollars. I
have submitted my solution as follows:
Dear Sir Richard
I would appreciate you forwarding my $25,000,000 prize
for coming up with a way to scrub 1 billion metric tons of CO2 from
the atmosphere per year.
A single mature tree can scrub about 48
pounds of CO2 per year. Forty-eight pounds equals 21.77 kg and
that works out to about 46 trees per metric ton. To scrub 1 billion
metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere (each and every year) we only
need to plant 46 billion trees and allow them to mature. More than
that have been cut down. As a bonus we get a lot of oxygen and shady
trees and, if managed wisely, wood products.
If we were to simply
replant the equatorial forests we would soon reverse any perceived
problem with CO2. It also helps, no matter where one lives, to plant
all the trees they can. (If it threatens the water supply then trust
the desert plants.)
Trees are lots cheaper than technology.
Trees can also provide noble work for a great number of people whose
lives can be hugely enriched planting lots and lots of trees. If we
just plant one for everyone on earth it would help a lot. The more
My trees already make me carbon neutral. I don't
need to buy phony credits.
Please send my prize
John T. Kramer
I am not a team of research
scientists. This is a simple idea that is well proven. No new
science is needed. Even if I never receive my $25 million, it is a
solution that can be immediately begun by everyone that cares. We
don't have to wait for panels of environmentalists and politicians to
make decisions and delegate our tax dollars. We can start now! And
we can all begin to benefit now!
How many trees can you
made a greater mistake than He who did nothing because he could do
only a little".
-Edmund Burke 1729-1797