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Are 'Carbon Offset' Donations the Answer?

Delta Air Lines is offering passengers the option to make a donation. But should being green be mandatory?

We all know that flying isn't good for the environment. On June 1, Delta Air Lines will become the first U.S. carrier to give passengers the option of doing something to counterbalance the global-warming effects of flying.

Every time someone buys a flight at delta.com, he or she will be given the option of donating an additional $5.50 per domestic round-trip as a "carbon offset." The money goes directly to The Conservation Fund, which plants trees to offset carbon emissions from flights. We applaud the initiative but wonder if it's enough.

We're curious what you think. Should a $5.50 carbon offset donation be mandatory and added to the price of every flight automatically?


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