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CANNABIS HEMP IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL TO REVITALIZING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PROMOTING NEW GLOBAL CONCERN


            Many people know that Cannabis Hemp will be good for our environment.  IT has been endorsed by various political & environmental groups. There are a variety of ways that Cannabis Hemp can promote environmental awareness and help restore our earth.  Until now, however, Cannabis Hemp has been a low priority among environmental activists, especially due to its association with Marijuana.  Here on this website are the summary uses of Cannabis Hemp for our environment.  No one should doubt this vital information.  There is no better solution to our ecological problems.  The truth is as plain as day.

GLOBAL WARMING and CANNABIS HEMP:

            Global warming is not a myth.  Many people see Global Warming as the most threatening force of destruction on our planet.  Global Warming is linked to a number of other environmental problems affecting the earth.  Millions of people would die as a result of global warming if no changes were made.[i]

            The threat of global warming has already prompted large money and time investments on the part of environmental watchdog groups like the Sierra Club. 

            Briefly summarized, global warming is the increasing buildup of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere.  Carbon Dioxide is released when fossil fuels, such as coal or petroleum, are burned for energy.  In the last 100 years alone we have increased our CO2 levels by 30%[ii], with a noticeable effect on the environment.  Our sea levels are rising, the global temperature is increasing, our glaciers are melting, and scientists predict further and more massive levels of destruction in the coming years.  The dependence on petroleum products and fossil fuels could potentially ruin the earth, making it possibly uninhabitable in the coming centuries.

            Power plants release carbon dioxide when they produce energy.  In 1998 electric utilities released about 550 million tons into the atmosphere.[iii]  Because the carbon dioxide comes from energy that has been stored for millions of years, this adds an unexpected burden to the environment.  While plants help a little by taking CO2 out of the atmosphere, there is far too much for the plants to take it all in.

            Burning Cannabis Hemp for energy would solve this problem.  Cannabis Hemp is a plant, and gets its energy from the sun.  This process, called photosynthesis, produces oxygen and takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  An increase of plant growth both domestically and abroad would lower the CO2 levels in our atmosphere, and promote a healthy environment.  Growing Cannabis for other goods (like fibers) would further decrease our excess CO2 burden.

            It is possible to produce all of our energy with Cannabis Hemp.  The unique growing properties of the plant make it the ideal crop for our energy needs.  One acre of Cannabis Hemp can produce 1000 gallons of methanol in a single growing season.  Any CO2 released from burning Cannabis Hemp would be the same CO2 the plant had already taken from the environment, creating what is called a closed carbon cycle.  A closed carbon cycle system of energy production would slow down the effects of global warming, and with well-implemented plant growth could possibly stop global warming entirely.[iv]  No other plant on earth could meet the needs of global energy consumption, but Cannabis Hemp could.

            Our automobiles account for much of the CO2 released into the ecosystem.  Already electric cars are available to the public to promote reduced gasoline consumption.  But electric cars are inefficient, and the support structure for this type of automobile is not in place.  In 1998 transportation fuels accounted for almost 500 million tons of CO2 emissions.[v]  Meanwhile, our gas prices are skyrocketing, taking money directly from our pockets.

            Cannabis Hemp can produce a clean-burning, energy efficient form of gasoline, with less cost to the consumer.  Already, ethanol is added to gasoline to increase octane levels and efficiency.  Henry Ford of Ford motors believed that eventually all cars would run entirely on ethanol.  Cannabis Hemp can easily be fermented into alcohol in the form of ethanol.  Small ethanol production stills from corn and other crops already exist in the United States.  Making ethanol and gasoline from Cannabis Hemp would further reduce CO2 emissions and help regenerate our suffering planet.  The National Renweable Energy Lab in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy have all stated that to help the environment, we must produce biodiesel and bioethanol.

If ethanol production proves too daunting, and more immediate solutions are warranted, cannabis hemp can also be converted into fuel oils to produce gasoline directly.  Cannabis gasoline would not contain other harmful emissions associated with automobiles (such as sulfur), but it would release carbon dioxide.  Still, as mentioned earlier, this CO2 would be the same CO2 the cannabis plant had already absorbed, and so there would be no net increase.  Either way, Cannabis Hemp fuels will be essential in the new century.

It is essential that Cannabis Hemp be used to produce energy.  Our environment is precious and we have the potential to stop the destruction.  Our global ecosystems cannot wait.  Support Cannabis Hemp for renewable energy and help save our environment. 

DEFORESTATION and CANNABIS HEMP:

            The timber industry has long been essential to produce jobs and manufacture products in our country.  This has been, alas, at great expense to our environment.  Logging destroys forests, hurts streams, kills animals and plants, wipes out species, and pollutes our environment, to name just a few of its problems.  Still, the resource has been essential through modern day and so we keep cutting down trees.  Now it is time to stop, before we lose more of our precious heritage.

            Today we make 93% of our paper from trees, including cardboard, printing paper, newspaper, etc.  We use almost 40% of our forests for timber.[vi]  This fills our water with nitrates, and that has terrible effects on the ecosystem.  One quarter of our forests are critically imperiled, meaning they are vulnerable or unique.  Many of these critically imperiled forests are not currently protected and could be destroyed any time.  This problem even reaches into our wallets.  We gave the Forest Service two billion dollars in subsidies from 1992-1997.  This means we are actually paying taxes to destroy our own trees and heritage.[vii]

            Cannabis Hemp can replace any of the products made from timber.  No more forests would be needlessly wasted.  This would save precious resources and renew the ecosystems.  More importantly, it would mean more beautiful heritage to grow for our children.

            All the paper we make from trees could be made better by using Cannabis Hemp.  We would make more paper per acre.  Each Cannabis plant grown saves 12 trees.  Cannabis Hemp uses about 1/7 the chemicals in paper manufacture.  Right now we cut down about 500 million cubic meters of forest every year.[ix]

Cannabis could be used for particleboards of any size, as well as insulation, drywall, cabinets, and furniture.  We could build a house from Cannabis Hemp materials without excess pollution, and without cutting down a single tree.

            Logging our trees is without cause.  There is no more need to waste our land when Cannabis Hemp could easily replace our timber.  This destruction reaches into the homes and pockets of every taxpayer, and meanwhile our children cannot play in the streams and the logging industry gets another needless government refund.  Now it is time to turn to the future.  Hemp is our solution.

ACID RAIN and CANNABIS HEMP:

            Acid Rain comes from byproducts released in the fumes when we burn fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, etc.).  Acid rain affects our environment in several ways, and can harm humans as well.  Acid rain is also damaging to buildings and structures; it decays unprotected monuments and statues important to our cultural heritage.[x]

            The primary ingredients for acid rain are sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.  We release these compounds into our atmosphere when we burn fuel.  They mingle with water and oxygen particles in our atmosphere and create compounds.  The compounds have an acidic pH level, and when they eventually fall this affects the earth in a variety of manners.

            Last year we released 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the environment.  When acid rain changes the pH of a lake or stream, the plants and animals can be harmed.  Small food species like the mayfly cannot handle the change and will die out.  Larger species that consume bugs like the mayfly (frogs, in this case) will also be affected.  The whole ecosystem is in jeopardy.  Animals like the clam cannot handle lower than pH 6.  Meanwhile our lakes and streams are gradually getting more acidic.  Little Echo Pond in New York has a pH of 4.2.  If we continue this pace in the coming years, more of our precious resources will die out.  There are already mounting levels of sulfur in our streams, lakes, and forests.  Some lakes have no fish left at all.[xi]

            When acid rain falls onto a forest floor the soil pH lowers.  The whole ecosystem grows more slowly.  While acid rain does not seem to affect trees directly, it can heavily damage roots and poison them.  The sulfur dioxides can prevent vital nutrients from absorption.  Acid rain releases aluminum and other toxic substances into the soil.  Once the trees are weakened, they are more vulnerable to disease or insects, and even cold weather.

            Acid rain affects more than our natural environment.  Our statues and monuments, our buildings and houses, all deteriorate over time, and acid rain speeds this process.  Statues like the Parthenon lose their features and will never be replaced.  Acid rain decays the marble on our steps and columns, and the metal on our buildings.  Replacing damage from acid rain can cost billions of dollars.[xii]

There is no reason for us to poison our own planet.  Clean energy from Cannabis Hemp would totally solve this problem.  Cannabis Hemp does not contain high levels of nitrogen or sulfur.  If we burned Cannabis Hemp for electricity and gasoline we would stop releasing sulfur compounds.  Because Cannabis Hemp grows very rapidly and is easily harvestable, we could produce all the energy and gasoline we needed from Cannabis Hemp.  When that happens, we can start to rebuild our decaying forests and structures without fear that they will be destroyed again.

            There are a number of problems caused by needless fossil fuel use.  Cannabis Hemp for energy is the necessity of the future and will soon be in place all over the world.  When acid rain goes away the forests will become healthy again.  Nature will begin to resume its balance


[i] I am speculating.  People die every year as a result of heat waves, tropical storms, and extreme weather.  If we keep taking resources from fossil fuels we will totally destroy the environment, and then we would all die.  The EPA and the DOE both state the need for renewable fuels in the coming century, and Cannabis Hemp will provide us with all our energy needs

According to the Sierra Club

Department of Energy Annual Review 1999         

Chris Conrad, Lifeline to the Future

[v]

Department of Energy Annual Review 1999

39% according to The State of the Nation's Ecosystems, www.us-ecosystems.org/forests/index.html

According to the Sierra Club


55 million cubic metres per year every year, and a 40% increase by 2040, US Forestry Service

[x]

According to the Environmental Protection Agency

According to the Environmental Protection Agency

According to the Environmental Protection Agency

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