Galen Wolffit (wolffit) wrote,
Galen Wolffit
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Carbon offsets

A number of companies have started offering "carbon offsets", basically a fee that you pay to some company, to offset your SUV or other sources of environmental pollution.  An example of this is Virgin Blue airline.

My question is...  How much of the fee actually makes it into the environment?  What percentage goes to the profits or expenses of the company collecting it, how much goes to the profits or expenses of the company performing the environmental cleanup, tree planting, etc.?

I wouldn't be surprised to see a significant percentage of it lost to "expenses".
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