I have a problem with voluntary Carbon-Offsets.  Any environmental initiative worth doing will be a competitive disadvantage unless the consumers are savvy enough and altruistic enough to pay a premium.  A market sustainable number of people are not capable of this level of moral sophistication.

It is also in the favor of the companies to push the envelope and do the minimal possible to get a nice green sticker and with their power they can easily brand a new sticker with a lower bar.

I will repeat.  Any environmental initiative worth it will be painful and no entity would willingly subject themselves to it.  That of course leads to a big problem with our representative democracy since our representitives won’t do it because they represent business and secondly the people AND the people won’t demand it because they are complacent and wouldn’t like the ramification as well.

Unfortunately the environment won’t bow to human demands forever and there will be a day of reckoning and the longer we ignore the problems the worse and civilization threatening the reckoning will be.

F.T.C. Asks if Carbon-Offset Money Is Well Spent – New York Times

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