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Carbon Credits For Travel

By Bruce Eaton

Young Nick Hunter has come up with what could be a truly green idea to solve that perky problem of our transportation spewing out too much carbon dioxide. His Carbon Credits system forces people who have used up their government allotted “carbon credits” to downgrade from say their private car to a more green alternative such as the bus or train. Being government enforced, I assume by law, would force people to either A) ration and monitor their travel or B) get used to riding the train a lot.

Although I am all for the green movement, this has some drawbacks for people who do not live in a city/country outfitted with mass transit. Here in Texas, stuff is so spread out I have to drive two moonfalls just to get to the supermarket. Now if I was forced to use a chuckwagon, well I might as well say goodbye to the wife and kids forever. In Europe or NYC I see this being a good solution to smog and helping out Mother Earth.

[Carbon Credits] VIA [Yanko Design]







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  • Toolsmith

    Check out http://self.org/, the Solar Electric Light Fund, which will place solar cells for illumination in places that currently burn kerosene for light. One ton of CO2 is eliminated for each $10 donation. Since each of us contributes 15 to 20 tons per year, a donation of $200 would offset an individual’s entire yearly contribution of CO2 while bringing modern lighting to places it’s needed. Sure, better to cut down personal emissions, but (as you say) that’s sometimes hard to do.

  • otakucode

    I don’t know about buses, but trains have been shown in several studies to be more wasteful than cars. Even when the train is fully loaded with passengers and the car has only the driver on board.

    I really wouldn’t be surprised if buses were the same way. Opposing private cars simply because it’s trendy isn’t a good idea if it results in even greater carbon going into the atmosphere.

  • Shiloh

    Nothing like have the government “force” people to keep up with trendy agenda-driven science.

  • Ian Wood

    I’m with Shiloh. I’m sure “young Nick Hunter” won’t have a problem with government restriction of people’s freedom of movement, but those of us who don’t live in Oceania will.

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  • Maybe it can get a little complicated if used in a different way.