My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Making money from the climate scare...

Canadians are ready to be taken, too.
Tomorrow, when Sir Nicholas Stern, the head of the Government's Economic Service, publishes his 700-page report claiming that global warming could shrink the world economy by 20 per cent, Ru Hartwell will have some reason to feel optimistic.

He has just taken out a £30,000 mortgage on his home in Tregaron, west Wales, in order to set up a business,, which helps airline passengers assuage their consciences by having a tree planted, at £10 a time, every time they take to the sky.

In the three months since he started his business he has already taken 600 orders on his website, plus another 200 to 300 through a link-up with several travel agencies.

Buyers are promised that their tree will be numbered and tagged, so that they can come and inspect the sapling planted in an attempt to counter the environmental vandalism of their fortnight in Marbella.

"I have been planting trees for years to offset my carbon emissions," says Mr Hartwell, 48. "But I ran out of resources and thought, rather than just me making a contribution, why not get people who are polluting more than I am to make a contribution too?"

Mr Hartwell is one tiny part of a multi-million pound industry that has grown out of the guilt created by grim predictions of global warming.


Blogger ru said...

Hello Fred,
Ru here.How are ya? I make my living planting trees for people who fly. I'm honest and transparent about what I do. We've got 20,000 trees in the nursery, a spade and enough land to plant them on. Conservatively, they'll fix 10,000 tonnes of CO2.
Do you advise me to skip 'em or plant 'em?
Are you doing anything substantive against climate change?

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morons will actually part with their money for this scam? If so it's brilliant! Wish I had thought of it!

This is an excellent example of how the free market is taking care of everything - people too stupid to have money part with it, smart people make more of it, the money's not wasted because it's not going to the government, and the environment will do fine regardless of this little scam. Brilliant!

2:21 AM  

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