the year US annual carbon dioxide

emissions peaked at

7.37 billion tons

-544 million tons of

potential exponential renewables

and recession

derived decrease in industry

over the next 7 years

As of 2016,

one american = 4,600 pounds

of carbon annually.

Population of the land of the Free

(ly cooking themselves in their breath):

323,130,000.

4,600 x 323.13 million pounds

of satellite-computerized

frigidly air-conditioned shiny black SUVs

fueled by the blood of the earth

of white plastic microwaves

and trampling tractors

exploiting the CO2 absorbing ground for food

(30-40% of which will fester methane in a landfill)

producing 743,199,000 tons

of exponentially earth-heating CO2

743.199 million x 2 x 1000 =

1,486,398,000,000 lbs. of CO2 or

3,303,106 and 2/3 lady libertys

+ approx. 6.057 billion tons

of non-personal emissions =

12,114,000,000,000,000 lbs +

1,486,398,000,000

for a grand

(old flag)

total of 12,115,486,398,000,000

Translation:

*twelve quadrillion-one hundred fifteen trillion-four hundred eighty six billion-three hundred ninety eight million*

pounds (about 6.8 million tons) of

CO2 emitted per year.

We produce this

numerical abstraction yearly

in all the artificial glory

of a partriotic oak tree

growing plastic.

one lustrous chlorophyll-green tree =

-13 pounds of carbon

an arboreous acre (43,560 sqft.) =

- 5,200 lbs. of carbon

about - 1.91 oz./sqft. which is

to the united yearly emissions

as a candle snuffer is to the sun.

5,200 lbs. = 2.6 tons of carbon

6.8 billion/2.6 =

2,615,384,620 =

the number of acres of arbor

that could offset

the USA's gargantuan starspangled foot print.

The surface area of our great

(er than mentalitized

the > now a symbol of greed)

nation = 2,300,000,000 acres

- 375 million acres of infertile Alaskan land =

1.85 billion acres of

potential forest

-108 acres of developed land

(which right there shows there is

__plenty__of room left in this country)

brings the figure

down to about 1.75 billion viable acres,

only 67% of the approximately

2.6 billion required

of that 67%,

only 753.5 million is currently forested

753,500,000/2,600,000,000 =

just under a mere 28%

of the acreage needed to cleanse the atmosphere.

1850 CE.

the approximate year

America surpassed the

1,959,100,000 tons of carbon dioxide

our nation's forestry

is capable of supporting,

the year we should have ceased

to smother

our noble arboreous opposites

with overpoweringly oily breath.

*Note: avery.sigrid, who was an amazing mentor to me, introducing me to YWP and teaching me so much about poetry, once challenged me to write a mathematical poem about climate change. I was too intimidated then, but I think I'm closer to ready now, so here's my attempt at it.*

I got stuck in some areas, and would greatly appreciate any feedback or suggestions. Also, if you notice any mathematical errors, please let me know, as I haven't gotten a chance to check all of my numbers, which are approximate, if you could tell by the 5 or so times I used that word :)

I got stuck in some areas, and would greatly appreciate any feedback or suggestions. Also, if you notice any mathematical errors, please let me know, as I haven't gotten a chance to check all of my numbers, which are approximate, if you could tell by the 5 or so times I used that word :)

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## ShanRippWriting

## Jul 24, 2018

This was such a smart poem I'm in awe. I'm not really a fan of math but reading this didn't make it seem like I was looking at that much math at all. You took two almost completely contrasting subjects and meshed them together in a clear way. Great job, Shannon :)