Carbon Offsets ... the same deal used by SIA as well as Outdoor Retailer this year ... take a wicked beat down from the green police at Treehugger.
Going for the throat, Treehugger calls offsets "at best" a license to pollute. At worst? They're labeled as nothing more that conspicuous greenwashing: "This is similar to the indulgences of the 15th and 16th centuries, where the Dutch literally paid for their sins. Finally, the model encourages consumption, particularly for the rich who would rather pay a fee and slap a sticker on something than change their lifestyle."