Will the FTC get involved in auditing carbon-offset providers? Louise Story, in the NYT, hints that it might. The present situation is a mess, and it would be great if someone could come in and clean it up. But I have to say I have my reservations about the FTC being the right agency to do the job. If I had my druthers I’d probably give it to the World Bank.
For the time being, though, it’s important not to let doubts about carbon-offset quality stop you from offsetting your carbon emissions. The offset might not be perfect, and there might be better alternatives out there. But something is better than nothing. Here’s a good place to start.