Selling indulgences?

Emily and I just made a significant cut in home’s contribution to pollution. We signed up for our electricity to come by renewable energy: hydro and wind.

Looking to do that for the church, I found Maine Interfaith Power & Light. For $50, our church would be emission neutral. This is more commonly known as carbon-dioxide offsets Cool. But is it real? NPR recently did a report on these offsets. (Thanks to Ruth Maston for this heads up!)

One critic likens the purchase of carbon-dioxide offsets to the medieval practice of selling indulgences! According to the NPR report, you can drive your SUV guilt free with participation in Ford’s Greener Miles program.

I’m not sure about Greener Miles. But if you know anyone selling a quality diesel, I’m interested in buying one to create a Grease Car.

And next spring, we’re looking at purchasing bio-heat instead of petroleum based oil. Maine-based Frontier Energy is able to fill our oil tank without any conversion. And since a recent furnace tech suggested our furnace was so old it was most likely on the ark with Noah, we don’t have anything to lose!

Can you imagine being free of OPEC? How cool!

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Lukas

    the indulgences comment is the same initial impression i’ve had of it. can i pay someone else not to pollute? can i pay someone else not to be jerk for me, also? that would be awesome.

  2. Marc

    Now that’s something I’d pay for!

    For me…not you…

    Imagine it. My alarm goes off and me-as-jerk wakes up instead of mild-mannered-me. So I deftly drop an online payment to to pay someone else to not be a jerk today.

    I could go about my jerk-filled day guilt free!

  3. Lukas

    The only downside I can foresee is that my wife may have to decide which one she’d rather live with.

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