Another Green Fail: PG&E to end carbon offset plan after few sign on
11/13/2011 5 Comments
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.
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.