NorthGuy wrote: »
That's exactly right. Carbon generally may be in only two forms - CO2 or organic matter (dead or alive). If you want less CO2, you need more organic matter.
It's absolutely obvious that all the fossilised carbon will be completely burnt sooner or later. If you limit the rate of consumption, it only prolongs the burning period, but doesn't change anything for the future. The only way to decrease CO2 is to maintain as much of living vegetation as possible. And it will not be that hard because in the atmosphere with elevated CO2 plants grow really fast.
The laws could be stacked in this direction - want to dig out 100 tons of fossil fuel - no problem, go ahead, but create a forest with 100 tons of biomass somewhere else. Solves the problem in the long run. Taking off forests and replacing them with lakes, on the other hand, is really a bad idea from CO2 viewpoint. But politicians think differently.