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In 2006, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion were estimated at nearly 6.5 billion tons. If 7000 lb/CO2/ac/year sequestration rate was achieved on all 434 million acres of cropland in the United States, nearly 1.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide would be sequestered per year, mitigating close to one quarter of the country's total fossil fuel emissions.
So when fossil fuel prices resume their upward march farmers could switch to organic practices and obtain higher profit margins while mitigating their own carbon footprint and a substantial amount of the footprint currently caused by cars.  Now if we could only figure out how the chemical and argi-business industries could quickly and profitably transition....Sorta like getting the GWB Admin. to pursue alternative energy proposals?  Perhaps easier with Obama in the White House.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 04:36:11 PM EST

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