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Reforestation and vegetation

Because deforestation has greately contributed to atmospheric warming, humanity needs to insist that everyone involved in timber removal is properly taxed, to insure that reforestation and revegetation efforts are taking place. Also, all solar projects need to receive the best tax incentives and funding possible, because converting solar energy into electricity helps to cool the planet by reducing the solar thermal contribution to the degree of the surface area of the panels. And the greater the supply of available electricity, the cheaper it will become. Helping to reduce the overhead of our small businesses and workforce. Making them more competative.

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Submitted by scott4402 1 year ago

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  1. Since most deforestation is due to clearing land for agriculture rather than to harvest timer, it would also be necessary to tax clearing land to make way for row crops. Solar power is good, but it is necessary to balance solar power and wind power in order to integrate them into the electric grid. It seems that it would be easier to integrate 20% each of solar and wind power into the national grid than 20% of either without the other. Once we get up to 20% of each, we will need to figure out what to do about the other 60% of our need for electric power. Some combination of geothermal, bio-fuel, and/or using storage like either huge batteries or hydrogen fuel cells to try into integrate even more of both solar and wind into the grid.

    1 year ago
  2. scott4402 Idea Submitter

    These are all good ideas to continue to support, but the truth is, there is more waste being created by bad policy and proceedure regarding the utility companies methods of conducting business, that could save more energy than several of these efforts could generate. We must write our representatives about changing the way that large electricity suppliers are allowed to conduct their business. Heavily discounted contracts are being given to large users with one main stipulation. That they use all of the electricity that they purchased in their given block contract. This naturally encourages massive volumes of waste, due to the fact that most companies will naturally order more electricity than they might actually need. This is an irresponsible way to conduct business, considering that we all should be encouraging conservation.

    1 year ago
  3. scott4402 Idea Submitter

    Research suggests that we might also be able to generate massive volumes of electricity by constructing massive floating platforms or decks upon the ocean surface that would then allow us to harvest the oceans heaving potential by also anchoring cables to the sea floor, which would then turn massive generators. The key is in designing proper measures to protect the limitations of the massive anchors, against the pull of the floating structure. This should not be a problem. __Also, it’s about time that we develop the technology to harvesting lightning strikes, which could then be fed into the national grid. We already have the ability. We simply need to invest in and apply that ability. We simply need to design and build several of the high speed telescoping collection towers. Place them in the key locations. Link them to a simulated grid designed to absorb and disperse the energy being collected. Everyone knows the potential of such a system, especially if inclusive of ocean based structures. Investing in the transmission cables is the greatest expense and question linking a system that can handle dozens if not hundreds of strikes a day, from various distant locations. This could become a future large supplier of our electricity, if deemed safe for the environment.

    1 year ago
  4. I concure with graceadams830 the practice of timber harvest has been shown to have less of an effect than land coversion. It may be better to expand the current practices of forestry to garner more products from forest biomass, using harvest debris (biomass) and improved conversion methods to create new forest products. Fast Pyrolysis for example can allow imediate creation of energy (electricity) as it helps to reduction wildland fire risk; concurrently it also creates liquid biofuels for energy and biochar for soil amendments. Those amendments offer greater buffering in soil moisture and nutrient exchange while the carbonized wood offers improved carbon sequestration. With mobile conversion units in the woods we can also reduce the transport of feedstocks to conversion equipment improving the cost of feedstock transport and have biochar available in the forest for stand improvement and carbon sequestration.

    1 year ago