Urbin Report

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Carbon Offset Scams

No surprise here. The New York Times is finally admitting that a lot of money spent on this scam of the Cult of Algore is lining the pockets of con artists.

As more companies use offset programs to create an environmental halo over their products, the commission said it was growing increasingly concerned that some green marketing assertions were not substantiated. Environmentalists have a word for such misleading advertising: “greenwashing.”

With the rapid growth of green programs like carbon offsets, “there’s a heightened potential for deception,” said Deborah Platt Majoras, chairwoman of the commission.