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September 05, 2007

What Is Eco-Enslavement?

It's been a crazy day for me and so I haven't been available to post my own thoughts, but I wanted to share this gem with you today (h/t husband-dude). From the site Spiked, we get: Is carbon offsetting just eco-enslavement?

What might once have been referred to as back-breaking labour is now spun as human energy. According to Climate Care, the use of labour-intensive treadle pumps, rather than labour-saving diesel-powered pumps, saves 0.65 tonnes of carbon a year per farming family. And well-off Westerners - including Cameron, and Prince Charles, Land Rover and the Cooperative Bank, who are also clients of Climate Care - can purchase this saved carbon in order to continue living the high life without becoming consumed by eco-guilt. They effectively salve their moral consciences by paying poor people to live the harsh simple life on their behalf.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 03:11 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0) | Global Warming Hype
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This whole carbon offset idea leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The idea that some can buy their way into polluting and warming the earth by using unused carbon emissions of others ... just doesn't work for me.

Posted by: paul at September 5, 2007 10:01 PM

yikes...

sounds like a big green swindle.

reminds one of the welfare programs, which actually build dependence instead of empowerment.

very concerning.

Posted by: hnav at September 6, 2007 01:31 AM


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