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Posted by geneccc@gmail.com on May 28, 2007, 3:21 pm

 If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade? The question
isn't as silly as it sounds. People worried about global warming
increasingly are trying to "offset" the carbon dioxide - the leading
greenhouse gas - they spew into the atmosphere when they drive, fly or
flick on a light. One idea popular with the eco-conscious is to have
trees planted for them. You get to keep driving and flying, but those
trees are supposed to suck in your trail of carbon.

Posted by Bill on June 2, 2007, 2:40 am

geneccc@gmail.com wrote:

I guess you could give those in prison for murder the ultimate carbon
credit since they cut their contribution in half by killing another
human being. If it was a young person younger than they, such as a child
murderer, they would get more credit. There would also be a multiplier
effect due to the resulting unborn if the person killed was prepubescent
. People like Saddam Hussein should have gotten enough carbon offsets to
avoid the death penalty anyway since he eliminated over a million trails
of carbon dioxide. Maybe we can look at people like Hitler, Stalin and
Pol Pot in a new eco-light.

Posted by Michael Pardee on June 2, 2007, 3:59 pm

Ooh, you're bad! ;-) You really don't want to hear my view.

The world is a wacky place. Amphetamines are notorious for destroying lives,
but the one really useful thing amphetamines did for us was to destroy
Hitler. I still shudder to think how close fascism was to sweeping the

I love one of Robert Fulghum's quotes from a source I don't recall: "We
usually know what we do. We usually even think we know why we do it. What we
don't know is what 'what we do' does."


Posted by earle on June 3, 2007, 7:32 pm

How about this:  Plant as many trees as you can and drive a Prius.
There is no excuse at all for anyone driving a Cadillac Escalade.


Posted by geneccc@gmail.com on June 4, 2007, 4:45 pm

Many Americans want to drive an Escalade so they can be the envy of
their peers.

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