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March 04, 2007

Re "Politicians' flights called wasteful," Feb. 28

Your article illustrates what's become a trend among the liberal super-rich: carefree burning of hydrocarbons because the users contribute to some scheme to offset that burning by planting trees. You can't un-burn the hydrocarbons you waste.

I don't care what kind of scheme you sign up for to feel good about it. The ultra-wealthy and Hollywood elite signing up for these carbon-trading schemes to feel good about their extravagant lifestyles is morally equivalent to the nobility buying dispensations from the church in the Middle Ages.

JOHN NEWMAN

Northglenn, Colo.

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