27 May '11, 1am

Republican says clear-cutting the rain forests is a good direct action way to solve climate change. Srsly.

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, needs to hit the science books, forestry experts suggest. European Pressphoto Agency Representative Dana Rohrabacher They reached that conclusion after hearing Mr. Rohrabacher declare during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that clear-cutting the world’s rain forests might eliminate the production of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. On the witness stand was Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s climate change envoy, who was questioned on whether the nation’s climate policy should focus on reducing the more than 80 percent of carbon emissions produced by the natural world in the form of decaying plant matter. “Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rain forests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?” the congressman asked Mr. Stern...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/republicans-cli...

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