August 22, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 18

Is CO2 really the target?

Guest Commentary

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.

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Take forest management, for example. Anti-forestry activists oppose salvaging dead and diseased trees, saying the forests should be left in their natural state. But that debris is volatile tinder for raging wildfires that pump an average of 67 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, according to a 2013 report by the National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).

Salvage logging actually enhances...

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