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September 26, 2007

Purchasing offsets: A Sept. 2 article in Section A that assessed how businesses and individuals try to become "carbon-neutral" said that one broker, or offset company, Native Energy, did not contact the developer of a methane collector project until after it was mostly funded. Native Energy contacted dairy farmer Dave Van Gilder while he was seeking funding from Pennsylvania for his electricity-generating system. The article also said that the farmer had begun construction when Native Energy signed an agreement to buy future greenhouse gas reductions, which were later sold to the producers of "An Inconvenient Truth" and other customers. In fact, Native Energy and Van Gilder also had signed an earlier agreement, after the state grant had been awarded but more than a year before construction began.

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