VW will carbon offset what it sells for one year

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Volkswagen just announced that it will team up with Carbonfund.org to help new VW purchasers clean up their carbon footprints. Every new Volkswagen purchased in the United States from September 1, 2007 through January 2, 2008 will come with one year of carbon emission offsets, courtesy of Volkswagen. It looks like money for each vehicle purchased will be donated to help reforest areas of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) in Northern Louisiana.

The trees help reduce the amount of CO2 in the air, but also provide other environmental benefits like wind and water breaks, as well as shelter for local wildlife. We’re not sure if that includes rabbits or not. DaimlerChrysler’s smart ran a similar campaign a year or so ago, as did Peugeot. We’re also not sure what impact those had on climate change, but at the rate rabbits multiply, we think Volkswagen might make a bigger impact on the offset front.

Full release with more info about the program and about Carbonfund.org after the jump. Also, follow the read link or click on the image to go to Carbonfund.org to calculate your vehicle’s carbon footprint.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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