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PROFITABLE WAYS INDIVIDUALS CAN INVEST TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE

The Breath of Life - Our Forests

Update but not the final conclusion: 

I am currently researching and creating a pathway to invest capital that will support an easement on publicly owned forest lands or the ability to receive revenue from forest acreage you might own or decide to purchase. 

I'm hoping an easement will save our forest into perpetuity, and prevent them from being subject only to the concerns of mining, logging, and other business ventures.  Forests [a.k.a. trees] are the most efficient and proven means of carbon sequestering.  Why reinvent the wheel as some technocrats suggest, by making expensive carbon sequestration equipment when nature has the most beautiful method already available to us.  My ultimate plan is to design an annuity like vehicle whereby investors will be assured of a monthly income. 

While I'm only concentrating on the importance of oxygen production and carbon sequestration as a reason to invest, I am not forgetting how important our intact forests are to the world.  Could we live in a world without forests?  Just thinking that makes me ache.  Forests give us so much more than oxygen.  They give us a reason to be happy. 

Bookmark this page so you can return soon to find out more about how forests can produce profit just being, well, themselves, and doing what they do best, drinking in our carbon and giving us our the most important necessity for life, clean fresh and healthy air.

October 30, 2019

Changing CO2 into carbon and oxygen.  

August 26, 2019

Research so far has brought some encouraging discoveries and some disappointments.  The research process continues... 

First, it seems tax credits are not currently available for oxygen producing land.  Tax credits on IRS Form 8933 are qualified and designed to aid oil and gas extraction companies who use expensive carbon sequestration equipment to gather carbon just to force it back into the ground and extract more carbon producing components.  Form 8933's 45Q Section specifically excludes carbon sequestration when it is done with photosynthesis.  Hey, what!  Why must we are supporting the oil and gas companies in SOOOO many ways?

After I do more careful examination of all pertinent boring documents I'll start writing letters to change this.  There is absolutely no reason trees that are nature's photosynthesis "equipment," can't be part of this tax credit scheme.   Again, there is no U.S. leadership saving our planet.  We going to have rattle the cages ourselves until laws start to work for the greater good.  

Second, I looked into Cap and Trade Credits.   It appears cap and trade is basically a tax on companies that do not met their reduced emission requirements set up by the local government where they are located.  Companies can spend money redesigning their equipment and facilities to "live" cleaner, they can purchase credits from other companies who have met and exceeded their requirements, or they can pay the governments requiring them to reduce emissions so those governments can fund projects that sequester carbon, support our forests, etc.  More on this subject to come. 

If you, as an individual, have already reduced your carbon footprint as much as possible with an electric car purchase, solar improvement on your home or use of solar sourced grid energy and are eating less meat.  You've done your personal best.  Next step is to encourage more local, state and our country's government to mandate the requirements, and make cap and trade a reality everywhere.  More letters to write.  But not an investment solution. 

The Third possibility, registering your forest land as a commodity looks more promising.  For my small 1/4 acre lot this won't be a reasonable revenue source as I "ran" the numbers and would reap a whopping $3.75 annually.  This, after initial costs of $2-3K to have my property evaluated and registered.   But I will do further research as it looks like this is the appropriate vehicle that would allow individuals who own forests to earn revenue.   More to come.

Still on the horizon:  Easements on publicly owned land and creating ETFs for our national and state parks.