Skip to comments.Global Warming Scam for Travelers
Posted on 07/21/2008 8:26:32 AM PDT by saminfl
Carbon Offsetting Option Continental is committed to promoting environmental responsibility within its culture, which includes helping our customers to respond to concerns about climate change with a carbon offsetting option. We've partnered with Sustainable Travel International ("STI"), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and services that support environmental conservation, to provide this option to customers. If you want to leave continental.com to learn more about STI or to purchase carbon offsets from STI for this itinerary, go to sustainabletravelinternational.org/sti_offset_air/flights/c/2.
CO2 Offset Calculation for your Continental Airlines itinerary Total Passengers 1 Flight segments VPS SLC VPS SLC
Flight type Round trip Total flight distance 3178 miles / 5114 km Metric tons CO2 0.4774 Please select one of the following Offset Projects $5.73 International Reforestation Projects Projects to recreate critical forests and provide incentives to protect critical forest land and avoid the cutting of trees. Projects are designed using the standards set forth by the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (www.climate-standards.org).
$15.00 U.S. Renewable Energy Projects Renewable energy projects such as wind farms that are used to generate clean energy in the western U.S. Bonneville Environmental foundation provides STI with Green-e certified (www.green-e.org), 100% renewable green tags for this program.
$16.71 Gold Standard Projects Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects are inspected and validated by Clean Development Mechanism accredited Designated Operational Entities including The Gold Standard (www.cdmgoldstandard.org).
$10.79 Combination of several offset Projects (calculated based on 25% Gold Standard, 25% U.S. Renewable Energy Projects, 50% International Reforestation Projects)
For more information on the Donation Projects (note: a new browser window will pop-up):
However, there is no action that I can determine, taken by this organization. It appears it is just a way to collect your money. Go to their website and look for your self.
Does anyone know if the other airlines are doing this? I am through with Continental.
Just flew Continental to Amsterdam and KLM to Istanbul. KLM allows to pay a carbon tax.
BUT, this is just the beginning. EuroLand is planning a carbon tax on ALL aircraft landing in Euroland. So, gone will be the voluntary donation. Of course, this will raise tickets on US carriers that are already struggling. Euroland denies that they subsidize their airlines —— but everyone knows there are ways to subsidize an industry without making it blatantly obvious.
So, Continental probably sees the futures.
Continental has always pissed me off, to no end.
I love how they used to post little stickers on the side of their planes, visible to the left of the door as you enter the fuselage. They always showed how they were constantly “#1 In Employee Satisfaction”.
I guess they got tired of me asking why they were never #1 in CUSTOMER SATISFACTION, because it looks like they finally removed them.
And, now this.
I’m still not gonna select any of those offset options.
I’m fully committed to ENLARGING my ‘carbon footprint” with a new house, boat, whatever. You name it.
LoL, the goldbugs even found a way into this debate.
The Gold Standard is a certification scheme that recognizes the best projects in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and voluntary offset markets. The brand has value because over 44 non governmental organizations endorse the Gold Standard method and many buyers (see marketplace) favor or request Gold Standard credits.
Fully integrated in the the standard CDM procedures, it features three additional, easy-to-manage screens that preserve environmental integrity, bring lower delivery and reputational risks to buyers and developers and help host countries' DNAs to assess contribution to Sustainable Development.
• Project-type screen
Renewables and energy efficiency only are eligible – for the long-term benefit of the host country and the climate.
• Additionality screen
Strict guidelines allow sound proof of additionality – leaving no shadow of doubt over the project and the registration process.
• Sustainabiltiy screen
Identify risks up-front through a comprehensive set of indicators and stakeholder consultation guidelines.
Any DOE will validate both standard CDM and Gold Standard requirements at the same time.
To use the Gold Standard, simply download the Gold Standard Project Design Document and the relevant Project Developer's Manual, located in the Technical Documents section of our website.
The Gold Standard recently received financial support from defra, REEEP and WWF.
Apparently, there is at least one born every minute.
What a ripoff. I was offered a carbon offset from a different airline for $1.50! Now that was a deal! I bought 10 and am set for the whole year!!!! Really, what can $1.50 or even $15 buy to counteract the CO2 released from a jet?
I booked a flight on Air Canada’s Web site last night, and they offered (not in an attempt to force me to, though) the opportunity to offset my flight by purchasing carbon credits ($11.20 worth). I didn’t check the option.
I’ve been wondering where the next boom market is going to be. We had microcomputers, pharamceuticals, internet, real estate, mortgages, and now we are moving through energy markets. It appears that the voluntary offsets portion of the economy is poised to explode. The concept of VO may be flawed to those who think, but those who feel want to feel good. VO gives them the means, and they will do their 10% that way. The list given might be a good place to start if people want to invest and increase their carbon footprint at the expense of the feelgoods.
They need to provide a “Go Pound Sand” check box on those web forms!
Might as well make some money on probable bull market.
And these Gore-bull warming alarmists are fully committed to making sure you pay for every inch of it. A carbon tax on every foot of lumber you build your house with, a carbon tax on every HP your outboard produces (doesn't even matter if it's a "clean" 4 cycle) And carbon tax on every gallon of gas it burns.
They'll carbon tax your boat launch membership fee's, your fishing license, your boat trailer license, your boat insurance, and your boat operators permit.
I don't think I need to list everything inside your home that can be considered for carbon taxes, you get the idea now.
It's not about reducing carbon, it's all about taxation.
Nothing. Besides, CO2 isn't a pollutant.
I booked international flights on Expedia recently, and for the first time came across a page before the final review page, which had an option to buy carbon offset.
Domestic flights were something like 10 bucks, while international flights were about $30 if memory serves.
Would love to know where that money goes.
My guess is to some guys pocket who just happens to be laughing.
Couldn’t agree more.
Clearly things are heading that way, there is much talk of some carbon producers buying unused "carbon use" allotments from other companies.
So if I become a non-producing business, can I just sell "my own" carbon credits to other companies?
Who pays this, everyone? Is this based on a consumer average? I know the provincial liberal government there is carbon crazy, along with half the moonbats that live there, and have already implemented a carbon tax on gasoline (does that mean gasoline is now except from provincial carbon tax calculations?). As the carbon craze grows, you are going to see a lot of "tax on tax" situations in that province.
Next to be hit is a carbon tax on stumpage fee's charged to lumber companies I'll bet.
Woe be to those who cut down the "carbon sink".
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