Friday, September 18, 2009

There's One Born Every Minute. . . .

P. T. Barnum Dept.

See, you get off your airplane at San Francisco International Airport and you're overcome with guilt at all the carbon you emitted what with riding on the airplane and all. I mean, the airplane emitted it. You may or may not have. But it's the aircraft that burned through oceans of jet fuel. And you, careless of the planet again, have facilitated it by riding on the airplane. What to do?

San Francisco International Airport officialdom have just the solution: kiosks. You slide your credit card into one of these kiosks and buy yourself some carbon offsets.

This seems to be entirely serious. Reuters publishes the solemn press release in all its sententious glory here.

Bernie Madoff chose the wrong racket entirely.