Another Green Fail: PG&E to end carbon offset plan after few sign on

Russ Steele

The San Francisco Chronicle has the story, my emphasis added:

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s ClimateSmart program, which lets the utility’s customers go “carbon neutral” for a price, will close at the end of the year after signing up far fewer people than expected.

Begun in 2007, ClimateSmart gives participants a way to offset greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants that supply their electricity.

PG&E customers who joined the program pay a little extra on their monthly bills – about $3.30 for a typical homeowner. PG&E uses the money to fund projects that fight the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as preserving forests from logging or capturing methane from cow manure.

But the program attracted just a fraction of the roughly 168,000 customers that PG&E predicted. Enrollment peaked in 2008 at just under 31,000. By the end of last year, it had slipped to 29,623.

via PG&E to end carbon offset plan after few sign on.

I think this is more proof that Californians are smarter than they are given credit by the liberal elites. When they see the world “SMART” anymore they check their wallets to see if they have been ripped off once again.  The number of  people that signed up is about 19%. The number of people that identify themselves as liberal is about 20%. I wonder how many conservative signed up to pay $3.30 per month so they can brag to their friends that they are carbon neutral. Not enough according to PG&E.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to Another Green Fail: PG&E to end carbon offset plan after few sign on

  1. Barry Pruett says:

    The State of California – an extraordinarily gorgeous woman who occasionally attackes you with a meat clever.

  2. Greg Goodknight says:

    I find it amazing that PG&E were able to get as many as they did to sign on. It’s probably something to ask local cAGW evangelizers… were you a “ClimateSmart” customer before the program had to fold due to disinterest?

    Of course, electric companies in California are passing along the costs of being forced to buy (at above market rates) solar and other subsidized alternative generation power so even if you didn’t volunteer to pay more to reduce your “carbon footprint”, you are paying more.

  3. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    I would like a direct answer from Fricsh – capturing methane from cow manure sounds right up his ally – at least the cow manure part

  4. Now that’s funny!

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