Does Marijuana Cause Global Warming?
Posted by Tory Aardvark
Does Marijuana Cause Global Warming? The answer inevitably has to be Yes; after all everything causes Global Warming from cats to supercharged V8’s, flying, eating meat, the list is endless. There is however a strange anachronism none of these global warming effects happens when a member of the UN, Governmental or NGO jets off to a sex tourism capital to try and give away the industrialised world’s wealth, must be what they mean by carbon offsets. The eco Nazi’s offset their carbon use because theirs is a noble cause, where as the rest of us are just selfish for going on holiday or going about our business.
A study has been done of the carbon footprint of home grown medical marijuana, and there is bad news for the earth mother loving hippies, the carbon footprint of a joint (never in his wildest thoughts did Aardvark ever think he would write that!) is 2 pounds of CO2. and then there is the CO2 produced during growing, a single plant requires 70 gallons of fuel:
Indoor marijuana cultivation consumes enough electricity to power 2 million average-sized U.S. homes, which corresponds to about 1 percent of national power consumption, according to a study by a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Researcher Evan Mills’ study notes that cannabis production has largely shifted indoors, especially in California, where medical marijuana growers use high-intensity lights usually reserved for operating rooms that are 500 times more powerful that a standard reading lamp.
The resulting price tag is about $5 billion in annual electricity costs, said Mills, who conducted and published the research independently from the Berkeley lab. The resulting contribution to greenhouse gas emissions equals about 3 million cars on the road, he said.
Narrowing the implications even further reveals some staggering numbers. Mills said a single marijuana cigarette represents 2 pounds of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to running a 100-watt light bulb for 17 hours.
“The added electricity use [to an average home] is equivalent to running about 30 refrigerators,” Mills wrote. “Processed cannabis results in 3,000 times its weight in CO2 emissions. For off-grid production, it requires 70 gallons of diesel fuel to produce one indoor cannabis plant, or 140 gallons with smaller, less-efficient gasoline generators.”
By some estimates, marijuana has long been the largest cash crop in the United States — ahead of corn, soybeans and hay. The industry has been pegged at about $40 billion in value, with California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii and Washington the top five production states.
The largest cash crop in the US? That is one hell of a lot medical marijuana! Then there are the skunk factories of western europe……
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Posted on April 12, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Cancun COP16, COP16, Copenhagen COP15, Green Lies, IPCC, ManBearPig, Social Engineering, Wealth Redistribution and tagged Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church of Climatology, Climate Change, Home Grown. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.