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Rants: Carbon Credits

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March 1, 2011

01:43

Carbon credits are controversial for a number of reasons. They've given rise to emissions-trading schemes and carbon offsets; markets that allow greenhouse gas-producing industries to side-step the need for reducing emissions by paying other companies to reduce theirs instead.

Sure, CO2 is CO2, and on a planetary scale it doesn't really matter which congested manufacturer it's coming from (though anyone living next to one might prefer it be a little more evenly distributed...) but this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the complexity of the problems that can arise from dealing in digital pollution.

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JZ on August 16, 2011
CO2 is one of the four building blocks of all life on Earth, They are: Oxygen, CO2, water and sunlight. All parts of the Earth's life cycle.
CO2 is not pollution. Every animal on earth produces CO2. All plants need CO2 to live.
Someone cleverly tricked most of the public
into confusing CO2 with CO (carbon MONoxide). Whoever put out the idea that CO2 was harmful
and a pollutant did so for monetary gain and control.
Mostly control.
Imagine having control over any of the other 4 building blocks of all life on Earth:
oxygen, water(H2O), or sunlight.
Controlling any of them is the same thing.

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