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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 03:19 pm

My farming relatives usually earn a living providing food and such, but they might change their plans after reading this:

Peter Allen, a third-generation farmer from Moura, has signed a $1 million deal for doing nothing at all.

In a historic transaction, mining company Rio Tinto bought the rights to carbon dioxide stored in 3500ha of Mr Allen’s heavily vegetated property, 575km northwest of Brisbane.

Instead of clearing the land to run cattle, Mr Allen will preserve the trees for 120 years to ensure they soak up carbon dioxide.

He’ll also break lifespan records. Hey, maybe I can corner some of this action by growing comment forests.

(Via Art Vandelay)

Posted by Tim B. on 05/26/2007 at 01:48 PM
    1. What a scam! Pocket the cash. Express surprise and dismay when a “bushfire” unlocks all that carbon again. Plant saplings. Repeat.

      Posted by CB on 2007 05 26 at 01:59 PM • permalink


    1. 30-odd years ago, as a youthful Whitlamite conversationista, I planted many “dwarf” native trees on our 1/4-acre block. Now they’re all 5-15m tall and have driven our neighbours spare with leaves in their swimming pools, roots under their paving etc. Do I qualify for a green award and megabucks in carbon credits, or am I a neighbourhood eco-vandal?

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 05 26 at 02:01 PM • permalink


    1. In The Kingdom of the Wicked Anthony Burgess described the Zealots in the early years AD as living in ‘impotent disaffection, the only state in which they were really happy.’ You get that vibe from the glowball worming crowd. They clamour, but underneath the noise there’s a real elation.
      A character in one of Stephen King’s books experienced a painful epiphany. He realised he’d spent his adult life demanding extreme measures for environmental protection, not because they were necessary but because they were extreme, far too extreme to ever have any chance of being implemented.

      – SwinishCapitalist

      This was posted by Swinish at the tail end of the 1000 post thread. I thought it made a lot of sense so plunked it down here. Didn’t want to see it lost on page 5 of what had become a long spamfest.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 26 at 02:07 PM • permalink


    1. Keep my comment here for 120 years please.  This site is hosted in Florida, USA, so while these pixels on my monitor are burning coal, the memory that forms them is probably nuclear powered—even-steven on the CO2!

      Posted by reese on 2007 05 26 at 02:10 PM • permalink


    1. Hell, this sort of thing happens all the time.  There are farmers all over the U.S. being paid with tax-payer dollars for not producing.  No fuss, no muss.  And those who work for a living get to pay, not only for the food on their table, but for the food not on their table.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 05 26 at 02:50 PM • permalink


    1. I don’t know, reese, I think the actual server is in New Jersey.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 05 26 at 03:41 PM • permalink


    1. Hello to New Jersy then..:)

      Posted by Scott W on 2007 05 26 at 04:17 PM • permalink


    1. Oh folly, folly!

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 05 26 at 04:32 PM • permalink


    1. I have four trees in my garden.

      Pay me your carbon credits or the trees get it!

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 05 26 at 04:33 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, I’ve got some trees!  And some bushes and flowers, too.  Wonder how much I can squeeze out of the taxpayers for those.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 05 26 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. Ms. Harris,

      Okay, administered in Florida, hosted in Jersey.  Jersey’s pretty nuclear.  See, this makes as much sense as all this carbon offset talk!

      Posted by reese on 2007 05 26 at 07:20 PM • permalink


    1. Our family owns lots of Rio Tinto shares.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 26 at 10:16 PM • permalink


    1. #5 Saltydog, another true story.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 10:19 PM • permalink


    1. What a fantastic scam!  I see he’s been reading the Goracles latest book..

      Posted by bondo on 2007 05 26 at 10:32 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm.

      Well I feel like a right idiot.

      When I was 17 my cousin got a chance to buy 1,000 acres of forested land in the absolute, and literal, middle of nowhere for cheap.

      I thought he was an idiot but the jokes on me.

      Posted by memomachine on 2007 05 26 at 10:44 PM • permalink


    1. #14
      My God, Al’s becoming a hugh carbon sink himself.

      Posted by chrisgo on 2007 05 26 at 10:45 PM • permalink


    1. Last time I looked, the entire state of New Jersey was radioactive.

      Not sure about how they’re powered, though.

      Hey, since there won’t be any other trees within, say, six months, won’t the farmer be tempted to sell them to the rich Cheney-friends who then want virgin wood for their furniture?

      Posted by bobpence on 2007 05 26 at 11:27 PM • permalink


    1. I’m thinking about driving *gasp* to the shops later to buy a newspaper *gasp*, however if someone pays me enough money, I wont go.

      As the purchaser, you will get a signed carbon indulgence and a warm inner glow knowing that you prevented dangerous carbon being released into the atmosphere. Act now!

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 05 26 at 11:31 PM • permalink


    1. How much do I get if I stop mowing my lawn? I have a pretty dang big lawn too.

      And to you pervs that hang out lawn I mean the collection of grass and weeds that grows in my yard. And by mow I mean cut with a engine driven cutting device.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 26 at 11:31 PM • permalink


    1. Damn, wish I had this “global warming CO2 crap” excuse when I was a kid trying to get out of mowing the lawn.

      And I’m also a bit familiar with these scam payments to farmers; they use them a lot around here to get farmers to NOT farm and instead let the land go back to being a wetland.  Hell, it’s the farmer’s risk if he wants to plant in the field he knows will flood every few years; why should I bail him out??  (No pun intended)

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2007 05 27 at 01:12 AM • permalink


    1. Have been thinking of doing the same thing recently.  Buy a couple of hundred acres, sell cabon offsets by planting trees.

      Pay off land cost by jacking up the price to $50.00 a tonne of carbon, and planting two dollar trees.

      Introduce nice furry animals and other wildlife onto my land and then hire out land on day rate basis, to folks with guns to shoot said furry animals and any other rabid greenies critters that get in the way.

      Win, Win.

      Posted by deadparrot on 2007 05 27 at 02:18 AM • permalink


    1. Joisey? Don’t they have boids and toitles in Joisey?
      Oh, and if you don’t want to see gaia cry, pony up some cash, otherwise I will buy a V8.

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 05 27 at 04:37 AM • permalink


    1. He’ll be able to go to Rio on that.

      Posted by Olrence on 2007 05 27 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. Peter Allen had a permit to clear a few thousand hectares of Mulga scrub about 800km SW of Brisbane, but hey who cares about the details.

      Rio had the carbon value (no. of tons/ha) of the trees assessed and paid him a per ton value.

      This is the brave new world of carbon trading. A landholder is paid not to produce food (beef) in exchange for storing “carbon” which may or may not have some deleterious effect on the environment now or in the future.

      No taxpayer dollars involved, just Rio shareholders, whom I am sure feel much better now they have saved a patch of scrub.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 05 27 at 06:59 PM • permalink


    1. If he really we sequestering carbon, he would cut down the trees after their growth rate peaks, plant new trees, and find uses for the cut trees that will keep them from decomposing for the longest period of time possible (like using them for construction or paper [later to be safely buried away in a landfill]).

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 05 28 at 10:39 AM • permalink


    1. I also hope he’s not growing deciduous trees, which will just turn CO2 into CH4 for most of their lives.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 05 28 at 10:45 AM • permalink


    1. 16. “I’m not fat, I’m carbon sequestering.”

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 05 28 at 10:54 AM • permalink


    1. we=were

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 05 28 at 11:00 AM • permalink


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