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"There's a sucker born every minute."

by critic411 / December 24, 2008 8:02 AM PST

And an environmental scam to take them.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/24/MNIR14PSQF.DTL&type=green

"Environmentally conscious travelers flying out of San Francisco International Airport will soon be able to assuage their guilt and minimize the impact of their air travel by buying certified carbon offsets at airport kiosks.
The experimental program, scheduled to start this spring, would make SFO the first airport in the nation - possibly the world - to offer fliers the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets.

"We'd like people to stop and consider the impacts of flying," said Steve McDougal, executive vice president for 3Degrees, a San Francisco firm that sells renewable-energy and carbon-reduction investments and is teaming up with the airport and the city on the project. "Obviously, people need to fly sometimes. No one expects them to stop, but they should consider taking steps to reduce their impacts."

"But the general idea, officials said, is that a traveler would approach a kiosk resembling the self-service check-in stations used by airlines, then punch in his or her destination. The computer would calculate the carbon footprint and the cost of an investment to offset the damage. The traveler could then swipe a credit card to help save the planet. Travelers would receive a printed receipt listing the projects benefiting from their environmental largesse."

"While the carbon offsets purchased at kiosks can't be seen or touched, they are an actual product with a specific environmental claim whose ownership is transferred at the time of purchase," she said."

WHAT A SCAM !!!!!!!!

"Given the innovative nature of the venture, airport officials said they don't expect 3Degrees will turn a profit - at least not at the outset. McDougal said it's impossible to predict how many passengers will want to make what is essentially a voluntary contribution to compensate for the impacts of their air travel. But he hopes the program takes off."

They would be better off just tossing their money on the ground.

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What a great idea
by Steven Haninger / December 24, 2008 8:50 AM PST

Do whatever and whenever without need for remorse. Maybe they could offer gift cards that would allow pre-paid guilt free travel for a specific number of flying or even driving miles. Give them to your greenie friends (if you have any) as gifts so they won't have to be moping around every time they fire up their SUV to go pick up a latte.

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It's buying an indulgence.
by Kiddpeat / December 24, 2008 10:59 AM PST

The last time that was in vogue, it caused a major upheaval in Western Civilization. Perhaps history will repeat itself.

But, hey! Al Gore does it! Why not spread the wealth around?

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Al Gore has a company that sells these things!
by Paul C / December 24, 2008 11:34 AM PST

So, let's redefine capitalism in the world of the greenie weenies: 1) "Identify" a specific environmental "problem" (truth and substantiating empirical evidence is, of course, optional); 2) Found a company that provides a good or service to address the "problem"; 3) Get rich, and perhaps pick up a Nobel Prize along the way.

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Yes, he does.
by Kiddpeat / December 25, 2008 12:45 AM PST

In fact, he sells himself carbon credits to offset his extremely large consumption of energy. Of course, he also sells credits to others.

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The man is a genius.
by JP Bill / December 25, 2008 1:08 AM PST
In reply to: Yes, he does.

Create a demand for a product, create a product, sell the product.

Capitalism at it's finest.

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Exactly
by James Denison / December 26, 2008 3:09 AM PST

Pope Gore and his merry band of monks at work again.

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