Monday, July 9, 2007

Is Carbon Offset a Feel-Good Fiction?

I had prepared for an interview, not an interrogation. But before I could pose my first question to environmentalist Ian Lumley of the National Trust for Ireland, he had a few for me.

"So, Condé Nast Traveler would be a very large travel magazine, would it?"

"One of the largest."

"The kind that encourages its readers to fly to the Maldives?"

"Well, we do sometimes run stories on the Maldives."

"Jets emit carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide causes global warming. You're a big part of the problem."