Thursday, April 10, 2008

Guilt-Free Driving...

I'm laughing!

I just reserved a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car; leaving for Chicago next Tuesday, and I'll be there until the following Wednesday. I've gotta have a car when I'm in Chicago.


So I booked the car I wanted, arranged for the pick-up time, and just when I was about to click on "confirm"...that's when I saw it.


I clicked on the link, and here's what popped up:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is pleased to offer you the opportunity to benefit the environment by offsetting carbon dioxide emissions generated by a rental vehicle.

For just $1.25 you can offset emissions produced by the average rental. The money will go to TerraPass to fund certified offset projects that work to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

What's more, we will match these customer contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million dollars.

I'm REALLY laughing!

You mean to tell me that I can drive around all week, fighting the Chicago traffic, burning maybe fifteen gallons of gas, and that's all offset by $1.25??? It's that easy???

Who knew?

If it's that easy, then why isn't there a 5¢ or 10¢ per gallon carbon offset applied to every gallon of gas? Ummmm...let me clarify that: a 5¢ or 10¢ per gallon carbon offset applied to every gallon of gas...THAT ACTUALLY GOES TOWARD OFFSETTING CARBON!

No more global warming...

No more climate change...

Our f---ing problems are over, Dude!

I added the $1.25 charge to my rental, and I'm going to be driving around Chicagoland - with the windows rolled down and the air conditioner blasting - feeling pretty damn good about myself.

You know what? It IS easy being green!


Jul said...

What an environmental hero you are!

The Big Finn said...

Jul - Other than all the flying we do, we pretty much are. We have no car so we walk and take public transportation, recycle, compost, grow our own herbs and some vegetables, I take military showers, AND we haven't contributed to overpopulating the planet. we have three refrigerators and a chest freezer. I guess there's always some room for improvement.

Global Librarian said...

Isn't Enterprise renting hybrids now? You could do that and feel a little bit better?

The Big Finn said...

GL - I just checked, and there are no hybrids being offered by Enterprise at the Barrington, IL location. My sister and her husband have a hybrid, and I'm sure I'll be riding around as a passenger in their Prius at least a couple of times during the week.
Actually, the fuel consumption doesn't really bother me at all since I don't really use much gas at all when I'm in Switzerland.

Kirk said...

As much as everyone here is freaking out about high gas prices, I still have yet to spend over $50 to fill my tank...people have no idea just how cheap our gas is compared to Europe, where they actually do have high enough gas taxes to make you think public transportation is a reasonable option.