James Hansen on carbon offsets

March 10, 2010 at 4:35 am 1 comment

NASA climate scientist James Hansen provides this refreshing and entertaining criticism of carbon offsets in his recent book Storms of my Grandchildren.

“The public must be firm and unwavering in demanding ‘no offsets’, because this sort of monkey business is exactly the type of thing that politicians love and will try to keep. Offsets are like the indulgences that were sold by the church in the Middle Ages. People of means loved indulgences, because they could practice any hanky-panky or worse, then simply purchase an indulgence to avoid punishment for their sins. Bishops loved them too, because they brought in lots of moola. Anybody who argues for offsets today is either a sinner who wants to pretend he or she has done adequate penance or a bishop collecting moola.”

Carbon Trade Watch’s Kevin Smith provides a more detailed critique in his short book The Carbon Neutral Myth. You can download Smith’s book for free here.


Entry filed under: Carbon offsets, James Hansen.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jimmy  |  March 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Monkey business indeed. Carbon offsets are a crock. Anyone who pays for that sort of thing is a fool, especially when you can get all the carbon offsets you want for free:



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