Where Does CO2 Start and End?
This map ignores some things (like the recently found ‘gut rocks’ from fishes that deposit CO2 on the ocean floor) but does given an interesting view of CO2 flows.
Now this makes it look like massive CO2 is coming from the industrial centers, but that seems a bit in conflict with this diagram that shows CO2 quantity coming from industry to be a very small part of the total:
And we must note that the industrial centers in South Africa and Australia are doing nothing much. Hmmm…
But even with that said, the “flux” is interesting.
For one thing, they show massive output from the North East of the USA. Los Angeles not so much… But if it’s coming from people, which people?
Yes, LA is shown as a source, but given that it’s pretty much the car capital of the world with a gazillion passenger miles per day being driven on every square kilometer of the place, that’s a surprisingly low ‘source’ strength. And the Pacific Northwest down to about San Francisco is pretty much a dud too. I can only speculate that the excess in LA has more do do with the Hollywood Celebrity Lifestyle than the commuter cars. The Jet Set and all those public appearances?
Also of interest is the Rocky Mountains toward The Midwest. Here we learn that all those mountain forests count for naught, and all the megatons of corn, wheat, etc. that we ship all over the world are actually a net source, somehow… But the good news is that Texas is a sink. And right around Dallas, too. More oil consumed per mile than just about anywhere outside OPEC. And it’s a carbon sink. Maybe it’s time to move to Dallas…
Curiously, the BOS/WASH corridor is a horrid carbon dioxide source, despite all their trains and “public transit”. I guess politicians are to blame. Maybe we could get them to shut up if we put a “Carbon Cap And Tax” on political hot air?… (Anything is worth a shot…) Hmm… Where we have a political capital, we have a load of CO2. Even Chicago is “a bit high” and they are renowned for “Chicago Politics”…
I do note with satisfaction that the Arboreal forests of Canada and Russia are shown as sinks, as are the tropical forests of Brazil and Central Africa. Though Paraguay and Bolivia are an odd sink. Guess they don’t have very many politicians.
Sadly, The EU (and especially the area around Brussels) is an area outgassing CO2 at a prodigious rate. France and Spain are modest sources. Must be the laid back lifestyle and the consumption of the Mediterranean Diet… especially the wine… Hard to get worked up into a political tizzy when you’re tipsy. Though the red does rise toward Paris and the Strasbourg side… Britain is modestly higher (Parliament anyone?) but Ireland is blissfully innocent. Ah, the joys of the Irish Green (and whiskey…)
In asia, we have Peking and Tokyo as centers of CO2 destructive power. I don’t know much about politics there, but clearly a lot of hot air is being expended between these two, with the Koreas in the middle adding their bit of hot air.
To me, this map makes it very clear that the consumption of Oil does nothing to promote CO2 sourcing, but the presence of Politicians dominates the source.
There is only one clear solution. We must plug up all the Politicians Post Haste. Superglue them shut, use a cork bung, whatever. If possible, sequester them in a gas tight landfill. Yes, it will be a terrible thing to do to them, but if it saves just one child from the horrible destruction brought by CO2 pollution, it will be “worth it”. The Climate Catastrophe is upon us, and there is no time to wait. We must act now! Do it “For The Planet” and “For the Children”!