NOTE: In an elevator, at a conference on climate change. Each paragraph represents a different speaker.
Well folks, that movie made it clear. There is too much carbon in the atmosphere.
It's grim. But I'm not buying the emissions reduction solution, as obvious as it might seem. According to the IPCC, even with zero emissions (hah!), it will take way too long for atmospheric carbon dioxide to subside to safe levels, and we lose the cooling aerosol effects immediately. So we've got to take out the legacy load.
Isn't there a technology for capturing carbon out of the atmosphere?
Well, maybe. But it takes lots of energy and capital expenditure to collect and concentrate a trace gas into a huge, somewhat hazardous, disposal problem. Who is going to do this, or pay to have it done? "Not me, said the horse."
What about trees? Don't they capture carbon?
Some say the Amazon will burn. There is already too much human and climatic pressure on trees and forests for them to absorb and hold the excess.
What a huge, insoluble problem we've got! And look at the multiple styles of denial, hopelessness, survivalism, and insanity it is generating! (Not to mention the passenger miles to these conferences.) Anyway, here's my floor. G'bye.
Instead of trying to wipe out the problem, let's add to it: There is too much carbon in the atmosphere, and not enough in soils.
Great, now we have two problems instead of one! An excess, and a scarcity.