20 Nov 2009

Carbon Offsets = BS

Yet again, the NY Times is following on my lead :)

In this 25 Oct post, I asked
Should I offset my "carbon footprint" if I fly in an airplane that's 1/2 full (and would have flown without me anyway)?
In this 18 Nov story, we read:
In 2002 Responsible Travel became one of the first travel companies to offer customers the option of buying so-called carbon offsets to counter the planet-warming emissions generated by their airline flights.

But last month Responsible Travel canceled the program, saying that while it might help travelers feel virtuous, it was not helping to reduce global emissions. In fact, company officials said, it might even encourage some people to travel or consume more.
Bottom Line: Carbon offsets are a lot closer to indulgences than effective tools for saving the earth. If you want to save the earth, use less.

1 comment:

  1. In related news, I'd love to hear your view on the contents of the CRU (climate research unit)data hack?

    And I'm not talking about the ethics of hacking.


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