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Going green takes many forms

September 09, 2007

Re "Trying to buy a greener conscience," Sept. 2

Attempting to assuage greenhouse-gas guilt with carbon offsets is clearly not an effective way to stop parboiling the planet. Rather than finding ways to tamp down our considerable guilt, we need practical, real-world solutions with real results.

I am lucky enough to drive a Toyota RAV4 all-electric vehicle powered by my home's grid-connected solar array. Paying off my solar investment in gasoline dollars is pretty painless, and nothing beats filling up with "gallons of sunshine" every time I charge the car in my garage. I regret that others will not have this choice until automakers make plug-in transportation choices available to more of us.

Linda Nicholes

Anaheim

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A November 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report stated that intense livestock production causes more greenhouse gas emissions than driving cars. It's clear that increased rates of meat production and consumption are unsustainable, so the easiest way to get a "greener conscience" and help the Earth is to adopt a vegetarian diet.

Valerie Belt

Pacific Palisades

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Thanks you for exposing this fraud of buying carbon offset credits. Credits do nothing. Please expose the greater fraud that global warming is caused by human activity. All of our weather and climate is driven by the sun. There is a natural 1,500 year (give or take 500) cycle of the Earth cooling and warming. The Earth is naturally warming now. Warming benefits us with more rainfall and more crops.

Chris Knox

Torrance

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