Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MLB can better save the planet without third party 'carbon offset' deals

If one is so brainwashed as to believe in man-made global warming and man's ability to reverse it, show it by your actions, not by buying third party 'carbon offsets' ('greenwash') as MLB does. A 'Carbon Trust Standard' in the UK recognizes only entities that improve the environment without 'offsets' :

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.

From MLB.com, citing its purchase of 'carbon offsets' 4/22/08:
  • "Major League Baseball...has stepped up in 2008 as
a powerful leader in the global green movement.... You will just see it emphasized more on this day around the game, sometimes in ways that you won't know, and sometimes in obvious ways, such as prominent recycling containers or the planting of trees
  • or a network morning TV show discussing PNC Park programs as part of its presidential primary coverage."...
Seattle Mariners buy carbon offsets:
  • 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."...
Cincinnati Reds buy carbon offsets:
  • "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."
Tampa Bay Rays buy carbon credits: Phillies make biggest carbon offset buy in pro sports to date 5/1/08 Scams enabled by 'green guilt' 2008 All Star game used to burnish interests of carbon offsets dealers


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