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SF Flyers May Pay For Their Carbon — Would It Fly With You?

San Francisco International Airport will soon be populated with kiosks where green, and presumably well-off, travelers can buy indulgences for their environmental sin of air travel. The machines give travelers a chance to buy carbon offsets by calculating their trip's carbon footprint, along with the cost of an investment necessary to reduce general environmental impact by the same amount.

Once the travelers pay, they get receipts telling them which projects they have sponsored. All you need is a credit card to save the planet!

Offsetting a trip to Europe would cost about $36, while a two-hour trip would only cost $4. Would you participate?


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popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
If it's voluntary, helps certain people feel better about flying, and benefits other organizations, then why not?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
If we're going to make up a charity, how about we give to the GUDAW society. It's a non-profit organization designed to provide the less fortunate with the tools to make their own lives more healthy. (GUDAW - Get UnDave A Wii) ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
If someone gave me a gift of carbon offsets? I would regift it back to them the next year. LAME. Reminds of me of George on seinfeld, making up a charity to give money to in peoples names....
laceymace laceymace 8 years
;) ;) ;) ;) ;) boring
janneth janneth 8 years
Beavis, I don't get it. Can you explain it more?
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Farmers get $2 an acre for using no-till seeders from carbon offsets. Unfortunately, that's not the most carbon friendly way to farm. It's good though that the farmers are getting paid due to the stupidity of city people. Usually the stupidity of city people sets poor policy for farmers. That's a nice turn of events.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This is for the good of planet in the same way that buying "indulgences" was good for the Catholic faith.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I think its pretty great someone even thought of the idea ~ at least they're making an effort toward the good of the planet. Hopefully it is a legitimate effort.
janneth janneth 8 years
Air travel is so expensive already, but it does sound like a lovely idea, and I might do it.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Are they tax deductible? :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Sure I think allowing us to have the choice is great.
stephley stephley 8 years
Al Gore isn't the only person who has money in carbon off-sets. I've bought off-sets and given them as gifts and they seem like a great idea for individuals.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yeah, 'cause Al Gore didn't make enough money off his sham movie. ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That's a great idea. I like it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Where is the "Martin Luther" of the Green movement when we need one.
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