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Get Real: A Positive Solution to Climate Change – COMING SOON!

The book Get Real- A Positive Solution to Climate Change  offers a combination of proven, doable ways to make the world carbon negative while we still use oil and gas for the foreseeable future.  It also showcases a number of inventions to make that happen and to give the world a sustainable future.  The book also spends a lot of time debunking climate myths that are spread as fact by some climate activists.  The gravest threat to man’s survival isn’t carbon dioxide (CO2) but an interconnected issue which is the degradation and loss of soil worldwide.  By rejuvenating the soil we will increase plant growth and soil life so that they sequester more carbon than man emits by a significant amount.  A much overlooked fact is that CO2 is a limiting nutrient of plants and increased levels in the air are responsible for much of the increase in agricultural production over time. The book takes a middle ground on CO2 seeking to build a coalition of both climate skeptics and activists to create a practical and affordable carbon sequestration fund where carbon emitting practices are taxed and carbon sequestering ones are subsidized; and where only practices which are beneficial to the soil and ecosystems are funded.  With the implementation of the natural processes and programs outlined here there is no need for technical carbon capture proposals. The most important solution is the use of Basalt rock dust to remineralize the land so that greatly increased tree and plant growth will sequester lots of carbon as well as making more and better food!  Climate activists generally can paint no positive practical way to lower CO2 and propose only reductions in emissions to slow the rising levels at great societal cost.  The carbon sequestration programs proposed are cheap by comparison and have significant added values that make it desirable even for people who doubt that CO2 is a critical issue.  The book focuses not on emissions but sequestration in four main areas:

  1. Remineralizing the soil.
  2. Making massive amounts of biochar to permanently sequester carbon and enrich the soil by holding water soluble nutrients instead of allowing them to end up in the ocean.
  3. Restoring marine wetlands.
  4. Practicing regenerative or holistic agriculture.

Remineralizing the soil is a proven way to increase plant growth and health especially on the majority of land that is low in minerals.  Current mainstream agriculture ignores minerals and focuses on breeding plants to produce lots of quantity on demineralized soil.  Nutritional value of crops has gone down substantially over time leading to sick animals and people.  Also, forests respond dramatically to remineralizing rock dust and we can really turn the dying forests into thriving forests with great carbon sequestration thru a global program!  There is so much soil that is badly deficient in rock minerals including unproductive soils in the growing deserts.  Remineralizing the earth will be one of the biggest and most important tasks man has undertaken and it is very fundable by a reasonable affordable carbon emission tax. Through the new minerals introduced, rock dust actually sequesters a lot more carbon over time than its weight as it stimulates much more plant and soil life.

Biochar is a wonderful product with many soil and environmental benefits.  Making it permanently sequesters carbon from material that was going to oxidize back into the air but that is just the start. Biochar is a sponge for both water and nutrients boosting soil life and plant productivity.  The legendary Terra Petra in central America is still highly fertile after more than a thousand years of age.  We need to make as much biochar as possible from plant waste, dead trees, and other indigestible biomass.  The book discusses two novel ideas to make more biochar.  One is a solar biochar machine to make biochar from green plants and the other is a new airship design that has a biochar making system on-board to provide power while making biochar.  IF we are realistic and want to really change the world to carbon-negative we will need innovation to make the needed biochar in sufficient quantity.  Massive quantities are needed to fight and to prevent leaching and loss of water soluble plant nutrients.

Marine wetlands are huge carbon sinks if healthy but are under attack from development and other forces.  We need to restore and revitalize marine ecosystems.  Large scale use of the proven Biorock technology to create low voltage electric fields in marine habitats to sharply increase both plant and animal life is needed.  There also needs to be research on the optimum combination of minerals to stimulate life in the ocean and wetlands.  The book proposes ocean going rock grinding ships to gradually grind basalt rock to fine dust.  While this rock dust application would be a tiny amount per square mile of ocean every bit helps to promote phytoplankton-based ocean-life and with a large fleet of ships over a period of decades there could be substantial sequestration.  We can restore reefs to health which increases ocean animal life at all levels of the food chain with corresponding carbon sequestration.  Increased marine plant life consumes CO2 from the seawater making it less acidic.

Holistic or regenerative agriculture offers a way to increase quality food production and carbon sequestration of agricultural lands.  Holistic grazing is proven to restore brittle lands that are becoming desert to healthy grasslands which trap water and sequester carbon.  Allan Savory’s proven methods need to be universally adopted with funding for the needed labor and management practices!  Grassland is one of the major land types and is currently largely mismanaged such that much is degrading into sterile desert.

Cropland is also mismanaged with the soil being a net carbon emitter rather than having increasing soil carbon due to good management practices including remineralization, cover crops and even companion crops. Cover cropping is easy in areas where plants grow out of the crop growing time but harder in areas with wet and dry seasons where little grows in the dry season.  The chemical farming era is in danger of becoming obsolete as weeds and insects become resistant.  Regenerative agriculture doesn’t use agricultural chemicals and creates carbon rich soils.  Currently much American corn is grown for ethanol fuel which some estimate is actually a net energy loss given all the energy used to make the fertilizer and grow the corn. Also, substantial soil loss is a given under mainstream farming while a regenerative farmer grows soil.  The book argues for a major change in the way we use the land to make it carbon sequestering instead of carbon emitting.  In the book a novel invention is discussed, to automatically harvest native tall prairie grass selectively, so that all of the grass is cut every 40 days using solar energy.   It is desirable to only cut the grass on sunny days when the quality is highest so that it grows back quickly.  Native prairie grass is highly nutritious and will produce more beef than a field of corn so converting part of the corn acreage to prairie grass produces top quality grass-fed beef and, by digesting the manure, a lot of natural gas as well.

Being realistic about energy and carbon means emitting less CO2 per unit of energy where possible and developing sensible sustainable sources to provide energy.  The book proposes to make the world carbon negative while we still use oil and gas for a long time but we do need to have a plan to have reliable sustainable energy eventually.  IF we get real about solar and wind energy sources we realize that they are variable and intermittent with outages that can last a long time.  They need backup power that in the case of solar can function the majority of the time.  The only power source that can quickly start and stop in large quantity is a natural gas power plant; but in some places, to preserve coal jobs, these have actually been banned by poorly conceived climate legislation!  The book advocates for a carbon emission tax on all sources with a small fraction of it being used to buy the coal companies and pay their workers for severance and retraining as well as funding their underfunded pension plans.  The bulk of the money would pay for actual carbon sequestration using the 4 areas discussed above.  The large reduction in emissions switching from coal to natural gas with solar makes it a good investment of carbon sequestration dollars. The expenses to humanely phase out coal are short-term expenses but carbon tax revenue will decrease with more of the combination of solar and natural gas providing reliable all-weather power all the time.  The book advocates for other renewable energy sources that don’t get as much press as wind and solar but provide 24/7 power.  Geothermal potential far exceeds oil and gas reserves by hundreds of times but is often ignored when people think of a zero-carbon emissions future!  With the carbon sequestration program we don’t need to rush to end oil and gas use but the reserves are finite and in the long-term we need non-depleting energy sources that last and provide reliable power. Biofuels are another source of reliable always-available energy.  Renewable biogas needs to be a focus making natural gas from organic waste of all kinds.  Biodigesters make constant energy and last a long time unlike solar and wind.  The book argues for a new way of making biofuel with large scale biodigestion for natural gas but using the coproduced CO2 to feed associated algae tanks.  The algae makes fats that can provide vehicle fuel and the remaining part of the algae can be biodigested for methane and a nutrient rich effluent that can be used to help feed the algae.

The book “Get Real: A Positive Solution to Climate Change” is a bold manifesto of how to make the world carbon negative and a lot better in many ways.  It is a mixture of proven methods and new inventions for. sustainability.  While many fixate on CO2 as the most urgent problem, it argues that actually the health of the soil and marine environment really sets the CO2 level in the air and that by improving them we can actually lower the levels while in the long-run saving us from starvation due to soil loss and growing deserts.  Note: it is very easy to calculate how much fuel has been burned but very difficult to know how much carbon has been sequestered in soil or ocean, and the book addresses these issues.

The book shows that the glaciers’ melting is not due to higher air temperature but atmospheric carbon particles embedded in the snow and ice!  These serve as miniature solar collectors causing the naturally white insulating snow or ice to melt much faster due to heat absorption by the dark carbon soot particles.

The book is intended to convince climate activists and skeptics that we need to take action using funds from a carbon sequestration tax to pay for global improvements that will ensure the earth will feed and support us in the future.  It argues strongly that we need to focus on carbon sequestration instead of emissions to have a chance to actually reduce levels as reducing emissions only slows the rise.  The book will be available soon.  Click here to be notified when it is ready to purchase.  Or click here to support this vital positive affordable cause!