Senator Jim Battin Responds to LAist Commenters
We love when politicians and government officials chime in on LAist's comment section. The latest political celebrity, Senator Jim Battin (R- La Quinta), caught wind of an article this morning about SB 1374, a bill he submitted last week that would allow car pool lane access for any car owner who off-sets their emissions with carbon credits, ultimately letting solo drivers of all sorts, including SUVs and Hummers, onto California freeways.
Commenters brought out ammunition putting down the bill with sourced material. LAist commenter jrb introduced us to the humorous and insightful CheatNeutral.com and tormoz brought out some great links including this quote:
George Monbiot, an English environmentalist and writer, has compared carbon offsets to the practice of purchasing indulgences during the Middle Ages, whereby people believed they could purchase forgiveness for their sins (instead of actually repenting and not sinning anymore).
Then Senator Battin chimed in (we called Battin's office to confirm it really was him):
Pretty good summary of my press release and bill (and yes, it's a real bill) - and you even got the intent. Though some of you "commentors" seemed to have missed it.