The first step you can take to fight global warming is to reduce your carbon footprint through conservation. Drive less. Turn down the thermostat. Buy locally produced goods. A recent survey of TerraPass customers shows that they're already taking all kinds of steps to reduce their impact.
Then use TerraPass to balance the emissions you can't reduce.
When you buy a TerraPass, your money funds clean energy and efficiency projects such as wind farms. These projects result in verified reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
...Every TerraPass member has taken a simple positive step to fight global warming. Every TerraPass purchase is a vote for innovation, efficiency, and clean energy. Together, we have eliminated over 500 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Terrapass includes a handy calculator to allow you to work out your car's emissions (and flights and home etc).
Based on 12,000 miles per year (the US average, as per the Terrapass website = 20,000 km) the following is the amount of money you'll need to pay to assuage your carbon emissions guilt.
The Cadillac Escalade 2007 model is a thumping, great V8 SUV that pumps out 403hp (301kw), gets 13mpg around town and emits an atmosphere-searing 14,673lbs of CO2 per year.
An Escalade owner doing the average 12,000 miles per year at 13mpg means that they'll need to drop into the local Exxon and buy 923 gallons of gas. At $3 per gallon that's $2,769 they'll be spending.
So how much would you expect to pay to buy carbon offsets from Terrapass so that your Gaia-raping guilt can be relieved? $3,000? $1,000? $500?
Nope. How about the bargain price of $79.95?
Not only that, but you can do another 6,000 miles for the same price. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself.
Here are a few other cars that sneak into the $79.95 nearly-all-you-can-emit fee:
Aston Martin DB9
So what's the other end of the scale look like? The small car, small engine type?
Here's Toyota's 97 pound weakling, the Yaris (aka Vitz) with a 1.5L 106hp (75kw) donk.
The 12,000 miles per year will cost $1,058 in gas due to its 34mpg city economy.
How much will you pay to offset your emissions? A massive $39.95 - more than half the aforementioned Gaia rapers above.
Lost a little faith in the credibility of 'fixing' your driving miles through credits?
Here's the car that your pretentious Climate Hypocrite loves to drive - the iconic Toyota Prius.
Surely there's no cost for punting around town all year in one of these morally superior pieces of Japanese climate bling?
Oops. Even Prius owners need to pay $29.95 per year to offset their emissions.
How ridiculous is the whole carbon credit concept?
If these credits really, truly offset your emissions then it's far more sensible to save the cost premium of the Prius over its same-size competitors and simply pay another $10 per year to Terrapass.
This whole thing has to be one of the greatest scams of all time. It's only the gullible know-nothings on the left are getting sucked into this stuff. Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors we may soon live in a world where we all get slugged in the wallet if the Democrats win the 2008 election and impose carbon quotas into the US economy.