But as with any “green scheme” there will always be controversy over the methods used to “offset” carbon emissions, and the comments on Dreamhost’s announcement post make interesting reading (certainly from a socialogical standpoint!). The usual “climate change is a lie” arguments are put forward, and one paranoid individual says that: “This global warming scam is a ruse aimed at imposing world-wide socialism”. Wow.
There is certainly a lot of cynicism, but at least some effort is being made to reduce their carbon emissions. It is being done voluntarily by the company (New Dream) with no financial benefit to them:
While the costs to us are significant, they’re not so high that we’re going to raise our rates, either. At best, we do our own little part to leave a better environment for our children. At worst, we leave a somewhat smaller profit for ourselves every quarter. (from comment 16)
At least their philosophy appears to be in the right place. And it’s giving them some great publicity, as this blog post proves
Full details are available on their blog (do have a good peruse of the comments).