MLB can better save the planet without third party 'carbon offset' deals
- (6/24/08, Guardian.co.UK): "A green standard for companies that act to reduce their carbon footprint is launched today by the Carbon Trust. Backed by business groups and environmental campaigners, the new
- standard is intended to end "greenwash" and
- highlight firms that are genuine about their commitment to the environment.
Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said the move was designed to end public mistrust of corporate climate change claims. Only businesses that can demonstrate a real reduction in carbon pollution from their operations are eligible.
- At best many carbon trading schemes are financial boondoggles which make the rich richer and do not help the environment. Often they harm the environment, as the case with the promotion of ethanol.
- "Major League Baseball...has stepped up in 2008 as
- such as buying "carbon offsets" --
- or a network morning TV show discussing PNC Park programs as part of its presidential primary coverage."...
- (MLB.com): "the Mariners will purchase high-quality carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a leading carbon offsets company that helps build and support new renewable energy projects, and
- 58,000 kWh of "green power" credits from the Seattle City Light Green Up program.
- This is part of a much broader overall initative, all posted on the club's Web site. "We know that just buying carbon offsets isn't enough," said Howard Lincoln, the Mariners' chairman and CEO. "This is not a one-time event for us."...
- "Teaming with Duke Energy, the Reds purchased carbon credits to offset the estimated fossil fuel emissions related to game-day operations at Great American Ball Park."
- "...the Rays purchased Green Tags, carbon credits for renewable energy, from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)
- to offset the CO2 produced by fans traveling to Tropicana Field, and all energy consumed at Tropicana Field on Opening Day. The Rays also are purchasing Green Tags
- to offset the CO2 produced by all Rays employees traveling to and from work throughout the year, and six additional game nights."...
- Extract of Red Sox carbon emissions (Includes statement by Robert Redford)