Offsetting your flights? Don't bother, says Wong
GUILTY flyers may be encouraged to offset their carbon-intensive plane trips, but our elected representatives in the Government appear to think it's a waste of time.
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has informed Parliament that neither she nor her department are members of any so-called carbon offset schemes. In a written response to a question from Opposition climate change spokesman Greg Hunt, Ms Wong's office said the Government did not believe such schemes necessary.
The reason? Because the wondrous two-errors-in-four-words Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme would do all that hard work for us. Not only that, but the climate change wonks seem make quite a contribution to global CO2 themselves:
Other documents tabled in Parliament reveal the Government's top climate change bureaucrat notched up $120,000 of plane travel and hotel bills in 20 months, delivering speeches and attending conferences and meetings.
Dr Martin Parkinson has spent $99,055 on air fares and $20,141 on accommodation and travel allowances since the Department of Climate Change was formed in December 2007.
That's a lot of Frequent Flyer points as well.
Read it here.