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Off-put by Offsets

From: Pat Maxwell
Series: May 2012 - Isla Earth Radio Series
Length: 01:30

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Carbon offsets are setting off controversy. Here’s the gig: Airplane travelers, commuters or anyone generating carbon emissions, can pay a fee to balance or “offset” their environmental sins. Read the full description.

Isla_earth_inlay Carbon offsets are setting off controversy. Here’s the gig: Airplane travelers, commuters or anyone generating carbon emissions, can pay a fee to balance or “offset” their environmental sins. The fee funds pollution-mitigating work, like tree plantings or hydroelectric development.  The logic being:  If you must pollute, act conscientiously in other ways...

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Piece Description

Carbon offsets are setting off controversy. Here’s the gig: Airplane travelers, commuters or anyone generating carbon emissions, can pay a fee to balance or “offset” their environmental sins. The fee funds pollution-mitigating work, like tree plantings or hydroelectric development.  The logic being:  If you must pollute, act conscientiously in other ways...

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