terrapass: fight global warming, promote alternative energy

First time i saw this bumper sticker.  Below is the emission report for my current car ... oh well i'm abut to get another car. Woops if my new car pumps less CO2 in the air i still owe them $29.95
 ... sombody goofed!


Tags

  1. firsts
  2. global warming
  3. terrapass
  4. carbon offsets
  5. cars
  6. bumper sticker
  7. green-e.org

Comments


Seth says
Their certificate is from Center for Resource solutions.  I called them and got a Marty Dooley who answered the phone with the word "service" and said their web site was green-e.org


Seth says
M 2007-05-02 09:16:52 7074
Try something with alternative energy such as a foot-powered bicycle - no offsets necessary unless you breathe a lot or fart too much on your trips.
Not practical for me ... too many packages to carry to the post office ... also from a family perspective not having a car is not an option .... i might be able to change my life style, but my wife would not go along. 

The point of this item is to look at an actual case of using offsets.  Is this a scam or not?  Read the materials under the faq, study the projects, and the verification.  Are these real transactions? 

The first thing that i don't like about this proposition so far is that they supposidly calculate your CO2 emissions to determin how much to offset, yet then they disregard that calculation and ask you to pay $29.95 anyway. 

Seth says
M 2007-05-02 12:21:33 7074
Dully noted.  Anyone with web design can create a website & do logos & write promo.  Even Algore did it.  Now it is up to the websites to point to legitimate progress somewhere before I would give them any of my money.
They did point to specific investments.  Now those must be verified against their audit, and the auditing authority must also be verified.  Also their accounting should be transparent and auditable ... we want to make sure that all  of the investment (less legitimate management expenses) goes into reducing green house gases in the athosphere.  All of that takes time and effort.  Bandying words also takes time and effort, let us not waste time on the latter in sacrifice of the former.

Seth says
M,

If one wants to be aware of what is actually happening one needs to delve into the situation sufficiently to find the reality. Such research is not necessarily hard but does take time.  Certainly there is a possibility of fraud and mismanagement, and I am just as suspicious of this as are you.  It would be a crying shame if this carbon trading (for whatever value it might have) starts out being defiled by scam artists.  The question i have is whether that is the case or whether global warming skeptics are just doing a hack job on it.  Nothing you have said and nothing i have read elsewhere on the web, leads me to believe that the latter is not the case.

I am going to use this item to record any actual evidance about the legitimacy of green-e.org validated carbon offsets in general, or terrapass certificates in particular.  I am closing this item for any further unsubstantuated claims or speculation.

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