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Al Loria
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There is a downside to sequestering carbon in trees.

http://www.amcostarica.com/morenews3.htm
 
Tyler Ludens
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I wouldn't worry about it much.  The benefits of planting trees far outweigh any possible negative effects  The negative effects of not planting trees (or of clear-cutting them all, as one politician proposed) are far worse.

 
Fred Morgan
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I would think the main reasons to plant trees (it is what we do) is for a sustainable building material, to improve fresh water, prevent erosion, make things cooler, improve habitat, create topsoil....

I could go on, but capturing carbon is way down on my list. We started planting trees due to deforestation, that is still happening. Perhaps some day they will have carbon trading figured out, but I am not holding my breath.
 
                                
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There was an editorial in my local fishwrap a couple years ago suggesting that we needed to log off the Rockies because pine trees were causing too much ozone haze.

Something about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide came to mind, but there wasn't a "just kidding" at the end....
 
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