If you had hopes that the “CO2 emissions threaten the earth” belief was a passing fad, that believers would acknowledge the fallacies that underlie the man-made global warming campaign and would come to their senses, forget it.  The belief is firmly entrenched, especially in Congress.  Green the Capitol is the Bible the House of Representatives is following to make the institution the scientifically-impossible “carbon neutral.”  It’s goals are to “Operate the House in a carbon-neutral manner by the end of the 110th Congress,” “Reduce the carbon footprint of the House by cutting energy consumption by 50% in 10 years,” and “Make House operations a model of sustainability.”  Nancy Pelosi started the ball rolling in March, 2007.

How are they achieving this goal? They replaced light bulbs, paid extra for power from wind farms, bought carbon offsets, used biodegradeable plates and locally-grown produce in the cafeteria, sold recycled paper in their supply store, and made hybrid vehicles available for use.

Some version of reality must be sinking in, though, because the House Is Abandoning Carbon Neutral Plan
Move Highlights Congress’s Green Struggle

The U.S. House of Representatives has abandoned a plan to make its offices “carbon neutral,” a sign that Congress is wrestling with a pledge to become more green even as it crafts sweeping legislation on climate change.

The promise that the House would effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero was a centerpiece of the Green the Capitol program in which the new Democratic leadership sought to use Capitol Hill as a kind of a national demonstration project.

But last week, a spokesman for the House’s chief administrative officer said the chamber’s leadership had dropped an essential part of the plan, the purchase of “carbon offsets” to cancel out emissions from its buildings. Offsets are a controversial commodity that promises that a certain amount of pollution was captured or avoided elsewhere.

“Right now, there is no plan to purchase more offsets,” spokesman Jeff Ventura said. The House paid $89,000 for offsets to cover the last session, in 2007 and 2008.

But carbon offsets are a valuable tool to achieve the goal, aren’t they?  Not so much:

But The Washington Post reported last year that although the money was funneled to projects that captured greenhouse gases or avoided their emission, many had been completed before the House paid a cent. Experts said those issues make it hard to say that the House’s money had caused the environmental benefits the chamber paid for.

“Maybe they’re admitting that what we did [in purchasing offsets] was actually nothing,” said Rep. Dan Lungren (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House administration committee, which oversees the office that purchased the offsets.

No kidding.  And yet the President plans to impose cap and trade, in which carbon offsets play a major part, on our economy.  Do you think we can rely on Congress to apply their experience with offsets when it’s time to vote on it?  Yes, I know, stupid question.

The only thing we can rely on Congress for is to put our money where their mouths are.

H/T  Green Hell

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