Thursday, January 18, 2007

Carbon Conundrum

So, I said a couple entries ago that we’re looking into carbon credit off-sets for our recent plane trip. I’m also helping to organize a conference for work, one that will hopefully be billed as “green.”

There are lots of links out there to companies who will sell you these sorts of credits, and I really don’t know which ones are the most “real” or the best options. I was recently sent this link to an article about the intangible nature of offsets, and how it’s hard to follow-through and know the companies are really doing what they say they are doing. Also, is the idea of offsets really a good one? Maybe we should just not do certain things that require offsets?? A quote:

"On the one hand, there is the potential benefit of educating people through offsets," says Dan Becker, director of Sierra Club's global warming program. "On the other hand, if people view offsets like papal indulgences that allow you to continue to pollute, then it's probably not a good idea."

Hmmm. Also a good point: papal indulgences indeed!Does anyone out there have any experience with these sorts of offsets?

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