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Letter: Applying KISS principle to global warming – Chico Enterprise-Record

Quoting from Shane Cruzen’s letter of April 8:

“[Chico’s] climate action plan prioritizes strictly electric construction moving forward, electrifying all municipal buildings, replacing gas appliances with electric appliances, providing 100% renewably generated energy to the community, completing the Chico bike master plan, improving zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, revitalizing urban forests, and reducing organic (food) waste.”

In a respectful and polite tone, with all due respect, Chico’s climate action plan, as described in this letter, is another example of over-engineering; that is, with one exception, creating a solution that is much more complicated, expensive, disruptive than necessary. The exception is “revitalizing urban forests.”

That is a great idea. Trees and green plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Everyone knows that. Planting trees reduces global warming by removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

More important, trees take heat out of the atmosphere, lowering the Earth’s temperature. That is because photosynthesis is endothermic; that means photosynthesis absorbs heat. Trees take water and nutrients from the soil, then use the sun’s energy to break down CO2 from the atmosphere and make branches, leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots. Oxygen, too. The sun’s energy never heats the ground; therefore, the planet stays cooler. Trees actually cool the Earth!

Chico’s climate action plan should be to join the Trillion Trees Initiative and plant trees, which is much cheaper, less expensive, less disruptive than the current plan. Even better, the city starts to reduce global warming immediately, with the first tree planted.

— EJ Donmoyer, Paradise

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