Experts say carbon offsets offset onl...

Experts say carbon offsets offset only travelers' guilt - New Y...

There are 10 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 18, 2009, titled Experts say carbon offsets offset only travelers' guilt - New Y.... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

In 2002 Responsible Travel became one of the first travel companies to offer customers the option of buying so-called carbon offsets to counter the planet-warming emissions generated by their airline flights.

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Raritan, NJ

#1 Nov 18, 2009
Seems to me that carbon offsets are nothing more than the 21st Century's version of Papal Indulgences. Write a big check to Pope Al, and go forth in the comfort of knowing that the sins you are about to commit won't count.

Chicago, IL

#2 Nov 18, 2009
So, um, who is this surprising?

Kalaheo, HI

#3 Nov 18, 2009
It's surprising to Al Gore, the big proponent of carbon offsets. That's why it's okay that his mansion uses as much electricity as a small town...

Alpharetta, GA

#4 Nov 18, 2009
Carbon offsets are just another way of separating a fool from his money. If we want to curb the growing problem of carbon dioxide pollution by the airline industry, we must de-incentify unnecessary travel. The best way to do this is to re-regulate the industry, increase fares, and more tightly control air route assignment. The airline industry would shrink considerably and, because they would have to compete on a service point rather than a price point, they'd get back to treating their customers like customer instead of cattle.

Springfield, MA

#5 Nov 18, 2009
If HI politicians really want to save the planet they should immediately outlaw tourism, bulldoze all the airports and dump the debris into the harbors to stop shipping.
Uncommen sense

Ogden, UT

#6 Nov 18, 2009
Its all hype...carbon offsets and global warming caused by carbon emissions is nothing but a multi-billion dollar industry being promoted by radical environmentalists. There is not consensus in the scientific community that man made climate change is fact. Grow a brain people and look beyond the regular news articles and op ed pieces...and for God's sake will somebody shut Al Gore up...if his lips are moving he is lying.

Boise, ID

#7 Nov 18, 2009
he tanker ships that bring all your cheap chinese products every day only to America create one hundred times the emissions of all the worlds cars together in one day. If you really want to go green stop buying imports. What? You can't afford to stop buying imports and maintain your quality of life? Well huh... How about the dairies that release tons of methane and pollute underground water supplies? Oh, you can't see your way clear to stop buying dairy products either? Well what about the coal fired power plants that release an unfathomable amount of carbon into the atmosphere every day, surely you can afford to stop using their electricity and power your house with solar cells. Oh, cant afford one of those systems? Better buy carbon offsets like they do, because some company that doesn't need to pollute to turn a profit, and as such wont need those carbon credits can afford to sell theirs for even more profit, that will surely stop pullution in its tracks!

Port Orchard, WA

#8 Nov 18, 2009
offsets...cap n trade... are just more ways for goldman sachs and wall street to make money off of you....more could be accomplished with simple conservation...
nikhil isal

Visakhapatnam, India

#9 Nov 19, 2009
so um this surprising

United States

#10 Nov 19, 2009
"95% water vapour" Global warming debunked

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