Carbon Credits: The Predictable Unraveling of a Flawed System

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From Watts Up With That?

Whaddya mean the Indulgences don’t live up to their hype?

The world of carbon credits has long been presented as a major tool for supposed climate woes. Advocates of this system have been quick to sing its praises, positioning it as the ultimate solution for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. But skeptics, like yours truly, have long pointed out the inherent flaws in such a system. Now, even The Guardian, a publication that has been a staunch advocate of climate alarmism, seems to be having second thoughts. It’s almost as if they’re saying, “Oops, maybe the skeptics had a point.”

The Guardian’s Late Awakening

The article from The Guardian delves deep into the world of carbon credits, questioning their actual impact on reducing emissions. It’s almost amusing to see them now asking:

“Carbon credits are supposed to offset the emissions caused by companies and individuals. But do they really reduce greenhouse gases?”

A question that should have been asked and critically examined long before jumping on the carbon credit bandwagon.

The Mirage of Offsetting

The Guardian highlights a significant concern: the illusion of offsetting. Purchasing carbon credits doesn’t necessarily equate to genuine offsetting of emissions. Many of these credits are tied to projects that would have been executed regardless, meaning no real reduction in emissions.

“Many of the projects supported by carbon credits, such as the construction of windfarms and solar parks, would have been built anyway.”

In essence, it’s a system that allows companies to parade their “green” credentials without making any tangible changes to their carbon footprint.

The Inconsistencies of Carbon Credit Accounting

The article also sheds light on the convoluted and inconsistent world of carbon credit accounting. With no unified standard and a lack of rigorous oversight, it’s a system rife with potential for manipulation.

“There is no single standard for carbon credits, and critics argue that this has allowed projects that do not deliver real-world emissions reductions to flourish.”

It’s a system that skeptics have long warned about, and it seems these concerns were not unfounded.

A Misguided Approach

The Guardian’s article suggests that carbon credits, while potentially playing a role in the transition to a low-carbon economy, cannot replace genuine efforts to reduce emissions.

“While carbon credits can play a role in the transition to a low-carbon economy, they cannot replace genuine efforts to reduce emissions.”

But let’s be clear: the very premise of transitioning to a “low-carbon economy” based on the current climate narrative is questionable. The entire carbon credit system is built on a foundation of misguided intentions and collective alarmist groupthink.


The Guardian’s newfound skepticism towards carbon credits is a telling sign of the system’s inherent flaws. While it’s somewhat satisfying to see them finally question a system that skeptics have long criticized, one can’t help but wonder about the time, resources, and efforts wasted on such a flawed approach.

Genuine progress doesn’t come from blindly following trends or from virtue signaling. It requires a grounded, pragmatic approach. The carbon credit saga serves as a reminder that it’s high time we move beyond the current climate narrative’s fads.

H/T Alan B