Sunday, January 31, 2010

Can we ever be carbon neutral?

A ton sounds like a lot right? But for climate alarmists a ton is a great worry inducing tool - a car only weighs two tons - think of the mass we must be throwing into the atmosphere. Well remember people that when it comes to carbon in the air a ton does not weigh a ton!
From fragrance to chocolates, we are now being offered carbon-offset products. But is there a catch?

Our per capita carbon footprint stands at 9.7 tonnes each every year - think of it as six hot-air balloons full of CO2. Illustration: Rob Biddulph
It is notoriously difficult to move a muscle without creating a carbon penalty, and mitigating this can be a full-time obsession (as evidenced by No Impact Man, As if our per capita carbon footprint wasn't big enough at 9.7 tonnes each every year (think of it as six hot-air balloons full of CO2) this winter's cold weather could cause it to swell. In the absence of any meaningful low-carbon power generation system, we retreat to burning huge quantities of coal to fulfil increased power demand. Coal use explains why Australians weigh in with a thunderous annual output of 20.5 tonnes of CO2 per person. Read more.

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