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Are Personal Carbon Credits the Answer?


Tim Yeo, the
Chairman of UK’s Environmental Audit Committee, is all in favor of establishing
a system of personal carbon credits, according to the BBC. Under the
system, each person would be given a quota of carbon credits to meet their fuel
and energy needs; anyone who exceeds the stipulated carbon limit will need to
purchase more credits from those who havent. However, the proposition has
been met with ambivalence. The committee sees it as having "real potential
to engage the population in the fight against climate change and to achieve
significant emissions reductions in a progressive way". But the environment
minister, Hilary Benn has dismissed the plan as being

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One Response to “Are Personal Carbon Credits the Answer?”


  1. C1Baby
    on May 30th, 2008
    @ 2:40 pm

    In general, I think asking/telling consumers to buy carbon offsets is weak if it is positioned as a way to atone for their energy use and absolve themselves of fault and guilt.

    However, this plan requires consumers to limit their energy expenditures or pay the price. What still concerns me with this plan is that consumers may figure additional offset payments into their budgets. Or, they may think they are doing their part simply by staying within their energy ration.

    I think it’s a good start, though, and a great way to ensure everyone is more conscientious about their energy use.

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