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Since 2005, TourJet has offset over 25,000 tons of CO2.
What are Carbon Offsets? Carbon offsets are
the process of reducing a ton of carbon dioxide emissions in another
location for the emissions you cause in either your home, office,
commute, travel or other activities that use energy and cause
Carbon offsets enable anyone to reduce their climate footprint
by supporting projects, typically energy efficiency, renewable
energy, sequestration, biomass, etc. that reduce carbon dioxide
emissions to offset one’s own climate footprint.
Carbon dioxide emissions are caused by the burning of fossil
fuels: oil, coal and natural gas. Obviously, your car uses gasoline.
But your house and office as well as the factory that produces
your clothes or restaurants, movie theaters and other places we
use every day use electricity and energy that generally comes
from power plants that use fossil fuels. More than 50% of America’s
electricity is derived from coal and virtually all our transportation
needs are fueled by oil.
The typical American is responsible for 10 tons of CO2 emissions
annually through their direct energy use of home, cars and air
travel, and about 24 tons of CO2 including their purchases, activities
and the other services we all share throughout the economy. By comparison, a Gulf Stream
III business jet (10-12 passenger) from New York to Los Angeles
will emit around 31 tons of CO2 during the 6 hour flight. Obviously this is much much more CO2 than the typical American emits.
While most people can reduce their climate footprints by using
energy more efficiently and buying cars that get better gas mileage, cost-efficiently reducing it to zero
through individual actions within your four walls is nearly impossible.
Carbon offsets are a cost effective way to reduce the remainder
of one’s climate footprint.
Why offset your Carbon? Carbon dioxide emissions
globally are causing the Earth’s climate to change and warm,
which will have catastrophic results if we do not act to reduce
them. And until there are clean jet fuels available for commerical use - doing something, ANYTHING, to make things better is absolutely essential. Carbon dioxide emissions are about 60% higher than they
were before the industrial revolution and at their highest levels
in recorded history, covering over 400,000 years.
And the effects of climate change can be seen now. Temperatures
are already increasing, glaciers are receding at unprecedented
speeds, whole chunks of the Antarctic ice shelf are breaking off,
warmer seasons are becoming longer, and greater numbers of severe
storms are causing more and more damage.
Offsetting your carbon (or climate) footprint allows you to become
part of the solution to climate change by supporting the reduction
of carbon dioxide emissions equal to your carbon footprint.
Carbon offsets are also generally more cost effective and practical
than measures an individual might consider. For instance, it is
more cost effective and better for the environment to build a
100MW wind energy farm in North Dakota than a 5KW wind mill in
Carbon dioxide emissions are also a global problem and do not
have a localized effect like sulfur dioxide emissions, which cause
acid rain around the areas they are emitted. So reducing a ton
of CO2 in Brazil or North Dakota has the same climate change benefit
as doing so in your backyard. Also, one technology is not inherently
better than another, wind is not better than solar, renewables
are not better than energy efficiency.
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