Global Warming Today: Are Carbon Offsets BS?

Say, what is the dealio with carbon offsets?

Corporations and shoppers in the United States spent more than $54 million last year on carbon offset credits toward tree planting, wind farms, solar plants and other projects to balance the emissions created by, say, using a laptop computer or flying on a jet.

But where exactly is that money going?

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates advertising claims, raised the question Tuesday in its first hearing in a series on green marketing, this one focusing on carbon offsets.

As more companies use offset programs to create an environmental halo over their products, the commission said it was growing increasingly concerned that some green marketing assertions were not substantiated. Environmentalists have a word for such misleading advertising: “greenwashing.”

A good word the Times uses for what is going on is “deception.”

Seriously, carbon offsets are just a way that certain people and companies can pretend that they are climate change friendly without actually changing the way they live/do business.

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7 Responses to “Global Warming Today: Are Carbon Offsets BS?”

  1. Silke says:

    Are carbon offsets BS?

    Yes. They remind me of the indulgences the Catholic Church used to offer.

  2. boomer says:

    carbon offsets give the far left an excuse to use far more power resources than the normal user.

  3. Not familiar with what you are referring to, Silke.

    BAMM! You hit the nail on the head, Boomer.

  4. John Ryan says:

    54 million dollars ?
    let’s see that works out to about 6 cents per American.
    Well if it is B.S. it will not buy much.

  5. Maggie says:

    Carbon offsets are a scheme devised by Al Gore to profit his carbon-offset corporation.

    It’s a total rip off being consumed by liberals who always seem to have a guilty conscience about something.

  6. John, as Maggie points out, it is not all Americans buying them, it is guilty liberals. And not even all of them. Most seem to whine about anthropogenic climate change, but do absolutely nothing themselves to mitigate and/or offset their co2 output.

  7. Stacy says:


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