Carbon offset schmes have, well, too often seemed just like that to me. Having read up on them (too much, I must say), at the end of the day I remained confused, unconvinced, and concerned. There are honest ones out there, I promise, just not sure that I am ready to fully endorse any of them.
In another of what seems to be many both serious examinations and journalistic looks that raise serious questions, the LA Times published Can you buy a greener conscience?
In this, there is one thing that really surprised me. An Inconvenient Truth — a worldchanging film — was carbon neutral. We all know that. Okay …
What surprised me in the article was the following
Co-producer Lesley Chilcott used an online calculator to estimate that shooting the film used 41.4 tons of carbon dioxide and paid a middleman, a company called Native Energy, $12 a ton, or $496.80, to broker a deal to cut greenhouse gases elsewhere. The film’s distributors later made a similar payment to neutralize carbon dioxide from the marketing of the movie.
41.4 tons? 82,800 pounds of carbon dioxide? Is that really all?