A follow up to my column on carbon offsets

I’m cross posting this from Matt Nauman’s Green Tech Beat blog:

On Sunday, I wrote a column for the Mercury News called: “What’s the value of a redwood tree? How carbon offsets work in one forest.” In the column, I traced one such carbon offset program from a consumer’s bill to the Lompico Headwaters Forest where the money is being used to preserve trees.

The column generated a fair bit of skeptical reaction in the commenting section. I wanted to post this here to get some other feedback about carbon offsets in general, and the column.

Are these a good economic tool to help the environment? And was my column on the mark, or flawed?

You can post your comments below, or email them to Chris O’Brien
Mercury News Staff Columnist


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