Monday, May 07, 2007
HEMP FOR VICTORY: A GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTION Transcript
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HEMP FOR VICTORY: A GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTION transcript.
RICHARD M. DAVIS, Author, Founder, Curator, The USA Hemp Museum, http://www.hempmuseum.org/
BRENDA KERSHENBAUM and J. NAYER HARDIN, Interviewers.
Nayer: So Richard, you’ve heard about the report , the one that said the only way to at least slow down the effects of global warming is to reduce the CO2 gasses. So how can hemp help?
Richard: Hemp can help in a lot of different ways. One of the main ways is a replacement for fossil fuels. Hemp burns. It’s called biomass when it’s used for fuel. Biomass is just a growing thing that you can grow every year and it replaces itself.
Brenda: Why is it better than the other things that people are talking about?
Richard: Hemp is four times more energy efficient than corn for making fuel. It is a fast growing plant that makes wood and in the process of making wood pulls a lot of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. We have an excess of carbon dioxide up there and we should be growing hemp worldwide until that one percent is pulled back out and we’ve made buildings made out of it and paper out of it and cement out of it and building our economy on it as well.
We need to understand the financial aspects of hemp for global warming.
We need to leave the forests where they are. They are a carbon sink and help pull carbon out of the atmosphere just like the growing hemp would, growing trees pulls in the same amount. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide. That is the answer to the excess that we put up there through a one way street by burning ages old oil and there’s nothing...and we’re cutting the forests to boot.
So that was the carbon sink that’s there got cut., burned, decayed, so on back into the atmosphere.
[2: 40] The poles are melting. This is an emergency. This is a survival mode we should be in. In every aspect of survival think about it. We need to conserve like nothing else and go to renewable fuels and replacing all the light bulbs and cutting the speed limit. These are the sane things to do. We need to do them now and get over the aspect of let’s wait. Let’s have another G-d dammed committee meeting you know on this. NO! NO! This is time.
During the war we did this. We had Hemp For Victory. We’re replaying that now. Hemp came to our rescue. We had no ropes for the battleships. We had no uniforms. We had no thread. We grew it for the war. We need to grow hemp now for survival because that’s where it is. We know we have no idea what is going to happen when the ice caps melt and the oceans warm. It could be catastrophic. Half the earth could die. We don’t know. That’s the point and because we don’t know we should do something to prevent it. Prevention is worth a pound of cure. It applies. It applies right now to survival.
[4:03] That’s what hemp and our Hemp For Victory series is about., introducing people to what the government did to get this prohibition where we can’t grow a plant. Who is the government to tell you and I what we can and can’t do with Nature, you know, and with the plants of nature? It’s not something we can put up with any longer.
Survival people, it’s down to survival. You want to see your grandkids survive? Get on it right now! Start surviving! Buy the right car. Buy the right light bulb. Think about what’s going on in life and (smile (Thumbs up)– laugh) quit.
Nayer: All right. Hemp scrubs CO2 from the air. If the problem is an excess of CO2 gasses, the solution is grow hemp, a plant that scrubs the air of excess CO2 gasses.
Richard Davis, you are an awesome teacher. Thanks.
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