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Potential to Sequester Carbon in Canadian Forests: Some Economic Considerations

Gerrit van Kooten, Louise M. Arthur and W. R. Wilson

Canadian Public Policy, 1992, vol. 18, issue 2, 127-138

Abstract: This paper examines the potential role of reforestation policies in reducing Canada's contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide. The results indicate sequestering carbon by reforestation of forestlands may be a cost-effective means for Canada to offset domestic emissions of carbon dioxide from other sources, and that planting forests on marginal agricultural lands also warrants consideration. But these policies need to be compared with alternatives for reducing carbon dioxide emissions to determine their relative cost effectiveness. The authors find that reforestation is more costly than policies to increase the fuel efficiency of automobiles, but economically more efficient than converting vehicles to natural gas. Finally, they demonstrate that, because of its vast forests, Canada is a net carbon sink.

Date: 1992
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