Skip to comments.Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, but Is It Green?
Posted on 04/29/2007 12:58:02 AM PDT by neverdem
THE rush to go on a carbon diet, even if by proxy, is in overdrive.
In addition to the celebrities Leo, Brad, George politicians like John Edwards and Hillary Clinton are now running, at least part of the time, carbon-neutral campaigns. A lengthening list of big businesses international banks, Londons taxi fleet, luxury airlines also claim carbon neutrality. Silverjet, a plush new trans-Atlantic carrier, bills itself as the first fully carbon-neutral airline. It puts about $28 of each round-trip ticket into a fund for global projects that, in theory, squelch as much carbon dioxide as the airline generates about 1.2 tons per passenger, the airline says.
Also, a largely unregulated carbon-cutting business has sprung up. In this market, consultants or companies estimate a persons or companys output of greenhouse gases. Then, these businesses sell offsets, which pay for projects elsewhere that void or sop up an equal amount of emissions say, by planting trees or, as one new company proposes, fertilizing the ocean so algae can pull the gas out of the air. Recent counts by Business Week magazine and several environmental watchdog groups tally the trade in offsets at more than $100 million a year and growing blazingly fast.
But is the carbon-neutral movement just a gimmick?
On this, environmentalists arent neutral, and they dont agree. Some believe it helps build support, but others argue that these purchases dont accomplish anything meaningful other than giving someone a slightly better feeling (or greener reputation) after buying a 6,000-square-foot house or passing the million-mile mark in a frequent-flier program. In fact, to many environmentalists, the carbon-neutral campaign is a sign of the times easy on the sacrifice and big on the consumerism.
As long as the use of fossil fuels keeps climbing...
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Thank you, FreeKeys!
It's so typical of liberals...."style over substance" and their mantra, "intentions" trump reality. Jesse Jackson forgave Bill Clinton because after all, Bill didn't intend to hurt his wife and child when he messed around with Monica. So we can forgive Al Gore and his cronies for their empty intentions to help the environment with their smoke and mirrors carbon offsets.
Give it time and the gimmick will become a tax.
Take your time ordering, I have an unlimited supply of off-sets.
'in theory' being the operative word here. The 'theory' here is beyond hoax level. . .
Could we just 'stop the madness'? I fear not. . .
Yep. That is what this is all about. A money grab. They think they've finally figured out a way to tax breathing....
Save the environment,
kill an environmentalist.
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Cogitator, I was thinking that you might be interested in the link in comment# 1.
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LOL!!!!! It’s good to see the cartoonists mocking this scam - it will reach many people who do nothing more than scan the headlines on the way to the funny page.