Saturday, December 01, 2007

House of Representatives Buys Carbon Credits

According to the Environment News Service (ENS), the United States House of Representatives bought enough carbon credits to offset the impact of 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by the Capitol's coal plant each year - a cost of nearly $90,000.

The purchase was made from the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) as part of the "Greening the Capitol Initiative." The credits will go towards planting trees, investing in solar and wind power, and to the "underground storage of carbon dioxide." From what I can tell from the CCX's website, the carbon sequestration projects include agricultural activities like grass planting or five years of no tilling on designated acres. It may also means restoration of "rangeland," rotational grazing or seasonal-use grazing practices.

The House plans to eventually become carbon neutral by buying wind power for its electricity, substituting natural gas for coal at the Capitol Power Plant to cut emissions further, and then purchasing carbon credits for those remaining gas emissions.

3 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Maria, you blog is great and you do a very good job with it. However it is very disappointing to see you've become a patsy for the CCX and their fake carbon message and no longer an informed blogger. No till farming, those farmers have been doing it for years, even without carbon credits. The CCX is the biggest joke of an exchange for carbon, nothing is additional, nothing is legit and try getting the project protocols from CCX to understand how they certifiy anything. After you pay $10K to join then you can see but keeping strictly confidential. Maria, you are a smart blogger, but keep doing your homework on carbon offsets before you continue congratulating people for doing nothing.

Maria Surma Manka said...

Hey anonymous -

I hardly consider myself a "patsy" for the CCX and am in fact undecided in my opinion of carbon credits in general.

I'd much rather see efficiency measures first and foremost and carbon credits used as a last resort.

While you've read into the post a big too much about my opinion of the CCX, I always appreciate more information and other points of view.

Thanks -
Maria