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 soÂ old it was most likelyÂ on the ark with Noah, we don’t have anything to lose!
Can you imagine being free of OPEC? How cool!