Carbon Neutral? Sir, you jest…!

Today I followed a large diesel oil tanker. On the back it said ‘Carbon Neutral Delivery’. Is it just me, or has the world gone stark raving bonkers? Do these firms think we are idiots? I’m no ranting green activist (I hate the thought of covering the countryside with state-subsidised windmills that probably use more energy to plan, make, assemble and maintain than they will generate in their lifetime) but lunacy like this is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter how many trees you plant to so-say ‘offset’ carbon, or how much you use political mumbo-jumbo like ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘carbon trading’, it does not alter the fact that you are producing the stuff. Note that I am not going as far as to say it’s wrong to produce so much CO2. What I am saying is that it is wrong to use weasel-words as a substitute for action.

Rant over.

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2 responses to “Carbon Neutral? Sir, you jest…!

  1. A “carbon neutral” oil tanker is a first. I don’t fault the carbon neutral initiative in general, but I like to think of it as a supplement to an otherwise sound environmentally friendly strategy (if one is so inclined to partake in such matters). Planting a couple trees (the least reliable type of offset; when trees die they release all the CO2 back anyway…) or using extra renewable energy somewhere else hardly is an end unto itself.

    I’ve never liked the analogy of lipstick on a pig, but it seems to fit here.

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