Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Democratic National Convention Carbon Credit Program Raises $18.34

In an effort to increase awareness of global warming, the DNC Host Committee set up a program to gather donations for carbon offset credits. The idea being that if enough money was collected, the environmental impact of all the transportation and other activities associated with the DNC convention in Denver could be countered. While the program was initiated, there was only one small problem in the execution:
The program, set up by the DNC Host Committee through the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau and rolled out about a week before the convention started, raised a total of $18.34 worth of Canary Tags, offsetting 0.9 tons of carbon emissions.
I actually agree with the Democratic party on a few issues and I apparently just discovered another one. I think carbon offset credits are a vapidly silly idea and would never buy one--and this view is shared by seemingly all but a one or two of all the attendees of the DNC convention. I, for one, am proud of them. The article ends with:
Peterson [director of Aspen’s Canary Initiative] was hoping funds raised through the host committee for the DNC could be used for a signature project. But that will not be possible, as less than $20 was raised.

“Here’s three (compact fluorescent) light bulbs for the office,” Peterson said.
Well, it's a start.

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