Carbon Offsets: Real Good or Just Feel Good? - My Family Travels
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Have a good trip…and don‘t worry that your flight is spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

More people are flying than ever  and the C02 emitted by planes at high altitudes does more harm to the atmosphere than emission from cars, so no one can travel guilt free these days?

However, Carbon Offset programs let travelers offset the gas they pass

The programs offered on the web and by travel giants like Orbitz and Travelocity calculate how much C02 you‘re responsible for while you’re flying the friendly skies

They give you a dollar figure to pay to offset your carbon footprint… and they’ll plant a tree with the money or back a wind power program

My trip from Boston to San Francisco cost me 7 bucks to offset my ton of Carbon Dioxide, and  the company plants a Douglass Fir Tree to make the air a little cleaner.

Does it help or just feel good?

It takes a 50 years for the tree to grow so I’d rather see the airlines fly more fuel efficient planes, use less congested airports…but mostly I’ d like to see us stop buying big cars  burgers and houses.

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