Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Markets in Everything: Carbon Offset Airport Kiosks

Three new kiosks with touch screens let travelers passing through SFO airport punch in an itinerary and purchase the appropriate carbon offset—calculated on the spot. These Climate Passport kiosks, the first in a U.S. airport, debuted yesterday and are located after security checkpoints near the entrances to Terminal 3 and international terminals A and G.


The offsets will fund two local projects: Garcia River Forest's planting of redwood and Douglas fir trees in heavily-logged Mendocino County and Dogpatch Biofuels, a bio-diesel fueling station based in San Francisco.

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See related article "Carbon Offsets: Eco-Extortion, Green Guilt, and the Selling of Indulgences."

8 Comments:

At 9/29/2009 8:39 AM, Anonymous richard said...

** off topic, sorry about that **

Mark,

What do you think about this report?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/the_dead_end_kids_AnwaWNOGqsXMuIlGONNX1K

Thanks

 
At 9/29/2009 9:50 AM, Anonymous morganovich said...

and they only charge 25 times the going rate for carbon credits.

even if you believe in AGW, this is a scam.

if you don't, well, then perhaps it's just a tax on the credulous.

 
At 9/29/2009 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like imagine these are the same people involved in selling office space on second life, and real estate on the moon.

 
At 9/29/2009 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, the government builds more super-highways for more cars....

 
At 9/29/2009 12:01 PM, Anonymous Titus Pullo said...

It is always comforting to see fools separated from their money.

 
At 9/29/2009 12:32 PM, Blogger Louis said...

Pope Gore needs you to go
$$ green $$
and pay your carbon indulgences.

I can only imagine the pretentious, smug look on those people's faces when they tell their eco-conscious friends, "oh no, it's ok for me to fly--I offset my carbon footprint".

Whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess...

 
At 9/29/2009 12:49 PM, OpenID xf22b said...

Thanks morganovich,

I was going to point out how ridiculous the price was (for something that anyone with a brain would never buy) but you beat me to it.

Here is a link showing just HOW much more they are charging than the market rate....about 60 TIMES more: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/09/18/carbon-offset-kiosk-at-sfo-sells-carbon-credits-at-60-times-the-market-rate/

 
At 9/29/2009 1:29 PM, Blogger 1 said...

What's that old saying?

"a fool and his money are soon parted"...

 

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