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Rip offsets

2008-10-22 21:34:01.338713+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Climate Progress: Is the Chicago Climate Exchange selling “rip-offsets”? Uh. Yeah. Did anyone actually think that buying "carbon offsets" in an unregulated and unaudited market wasn't just a big scam? If you feel guilty, buy and preserve some land (maybe by way of The Nature Conservancy) and plant a freakin' tree.

[ related topics: Nature and environment moron Economics Global Warming ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-23 00:08:28.173267+00 by: meuon [edit history]

SCCI is my feel good $25/month auto-donation. AS I get to visit some of the sites, and have seen, first hand, the good work they do. I also support and have worked my ass off on several SKTF aka "SERA Karst Task Force" watershed/cave cleanups. You gotta do what you can, and every little bit helps, pick something close to your heart that makes sense.

On the other hand: Maybe we need to setup a Geekage Offset Fund. Dan and I will collect money to be used to train and support luddites, they are low energy, low technology, low enviro-impact people that will offset the impact Geeks and geek wannabe's have on their environment. Sponsorships start at $20/month.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-23 12:28:48.614843+00 by: Dan Lyke

Tell ya what, send me $20 a month and I promise to not buy an iPhone.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-23 13:00:26.940264+00 by: JT

I learned long ago not to make fun of carbon offsets. Al Gore owns the company he pays for his own carbon offsets, and if you insult Al Gore or his companies, you're insulting Global Warming, er Global Climate Change, and therefore an ecoterrorist.

Of course, I always get a giggle when I hear the sound byte from Family Guy on the comedy radio station I listen to which says

Hi! My name's Al Gore, and I'm here to scare you about global warming.