I should say, first of all, that this is not a political post; I believe that we should all Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. What this is about, however, is guilt and the new way (supposedly) to buy one’s way to a clear conscience: Carbon Offsets. For those of you not familiar with the concept, there is a way to measure how large your “Carbon Footprint” is–how much CO2 you help inject into the atmosphere–and Carbon Offsets place a monetary value on the size of that footprint and then allow you to invest in organizations and technologies that can offset your…

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