The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

Definition: A non-metallic element that is in all organic compounds, and which occurs naturally as diamond, graphite, and charcoal. Its symbol is C.

1. When you talk about CO2, it is important to make the distinction between it and carbon. Tailgunner Joe Romm clearly explains why:

“The atomic weight of carbon is 12 atomic mass units, while the weight of carbon dioxide is 44, because it includes two oxygen atoms that each weigh 16. So, to switch from one to the other, use the formula:

One ton of carbon equals 44/12 = 11/3 = 3.67 tons of carbon dioxide.

Thus 11 tons of carbon dioxide equals 3 tons of carbon, and a price of $30 per ton of carbon dioxide equals a price of $110 per ton of carbon.”

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