Energy diet

The real story behind carbon offsets

Arnold Kling sums it up in two paragraphs.

Suppose that a friend of yours is trying to lose weight, and he tells you, "If I eat this salad, it will be good for me. So then I can have cake for dessert." What would you tell your friend?

Al Gore is trying to say that by investing in alternative forms of energy, he is "offsetting" the heavy use of conventional electricity for his home. This is like saying that eating salad entitles a dieter to enjoy cake for dessert.

The rest of the article gets into the nuts and bolts, but that is still one of the best summaries I have ever seen.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Tue - March 6, 2007 at 03:14 PM  Tag

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