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Killing two birds with one stone

April 8, 2007 by

The two birds: My wife’s desire for additional landscaping; and, your carbon guilt. It’s really simple. You go to The CarbonNeutral Company website and calculate the amount of the carbon emissions resulting from your daily commute. Note the estimated values for carbon mitigation. You then go to PayPal and send me one of the amounts shown. Don’t worry, I’ll accept whichever amount you select. After receipt of your funds, I’ll send you a certificate – suitable for framing – stating that I have declared your commute carbon neutral. My wife and I will then go to our favorite nursery and buy trees and bushes. Of course, we’ll snicker behind your back. But, hey, you’ll never know.

{ 6 comments }

FRANCISCO TORRES April 8, 2007 at 11:34 pm

Jim, it is interesting (or sad) to see just how many naive whackos really buy into this “carbon credit” stuff, believing that the money placed in carbon credits will really fund alternative-energy research.

Bradford Carter April 9, 2007 at 3:36 am

At least the amount of utility derived from carbon credits isn’t as phony as recycling.

Simon April 9, 2007 at 5:08 am

I saw an excel spread sheet that calculated your carbon emissions, it cost over a £100.

Dan Coleman April 9, 2007 at 8:31 am

The carbon neutral site has a 17.5% VAT on all purchases, of course. What good would our guilt-payments be without a mediator to skim a bit off the top?

Zach April 9, 2007 at 2:08 pm

They’re the new papal indulgences!

Per Hedetun April 14, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Zach: Papal or PayPal?

(Sorry, couldn’t resist)

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