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Entergy Super Bowl green bust, innocent fans out ‘green guilt’ money paid for Entergy ‘carbon offsets’ they were told would ‘sack emissions,’ stop global warming while still keeping evil lights on

February 4, 2013

Superbowl fans encouraged to buy carbon offsets.  New energy efficient “lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.”

1/31/13, “Super Bowl Teams and Fans Blitz Global Warming,” news.discovery.com, by Tim Wall

Fighting climate change may seem like a Hail Mary pass, but the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee is running a play, called Geaux Green, to tackle the emissions from the big game between the San Francisco 49′ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The Committee also developed a game plan for fans to block their own emissions from blitzing the planet’s atmosphere.

The electricity used by the Superdome, team hotels and other Super Bowl related venues will total approximately 4,500 megawatts and make Earth the receiver of 3.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution. That gas release will be intercepted by the purchase of carbon credits at three different locations.

Super Bowl Carbon Defensive Line:

  • Denton Landfill Gas – This landfill in Texas captures the methane released by rotting garbage and uses it to power electricity generators.
  • Garcia River Forest – Nearly 24,000 acres of redwood forest in northern California lock carbon away in the structural materials of the trees.
  • Green Meadows Farm – The 3,000 cows of this farm in Michigan produce tons of manure. The methane produced by that poo as it putrefies is collected and used to run electricity generators.

Fans can get some anti-climate-change game time by buying carbon credits to offset the pollution footprint they create when going long to travel to New Orleans. The Geaux Green website provides fans a means of calculating their carbon pollution and buying credits to sack their emissions.

Armchair carbon quarterbacks can get in the game too. The Geaux Green website features a game in which fans can vote for which NFL team has the most environmentally friendly fans. Participants are encouraged to pledge to run eco-friendly plays, such as using fluorescent bulbs, carpooling or planting a tree.

Currently, football fans have pledged to save approximately 22,500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. New Orleans fans are proving to be saints by pledging the most so far. Denver Broncos supporters are in second for their efforts to buck global warming. Third place Packers fans are proving it isn’t just their jerseys that are green.” via Climate Depot

The Super Bowl sells “carbon offsets” via Entergy and  “Climate Action Reserve”

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10/15/2009, “Entergy CEO warns of humanity’s extinction if climate legislation not passed,” Grist, Brad Johnson

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1/26/13, “Entergy Corp. CEO Wayne Leonard calls it a career after 14 years,” nola.com

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1/22/13, “Entergy Corp. Helps Super Bowl XLVII Geaux Green,” pr newswire

The carbon credits are part of a larger “Geaux Green” initiative launched by the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee, Entergy Corporation, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) to limit the environmental impact of the Super Bowl. On the farm in Michigan, methane gas is being captured before it enters the atmosphere. This action generates registered carbon credits, which Entergy is purchasing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from Super Bowl-related activities.

The emissions include those related to travel to and from the Super Bowl by the players, coaches, cheerleaders and other support staff from the two teams. The credits will neutralize or offset the environmental impact of power needed to operate Super Bowl venues including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and team hotels.  Approximately 4,500 megawatts of power will be needed, resulting in some 3.8 million pounds of CO2. These emissions will be offset by the carbon credits provided by Entergy.

“Entergy is committed to protecting our environment, and the Super Bowl offers a unique opportunity to showcase creative programs aimed at making a difference, said Patty Riddlebarger, director of corporate social responsibility for Entergy Corporation and the environmental initiatives chair for the New Orleans Host Committee.

Football fans can do their part by visiting the Geaux Green website (http://neworleans-superbowl.com/geauxgreen).  An easy-to-use calculator helps determine the carbon emissions associated with their trip to the big game. Fans can select how much of their travel they want to offset (starting at $5) and choose the carbon-offset project from which they would like to purchase credits.  Entergy is matching fan offset purchases dollar-for-dollar.”…

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2/2/13, “Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront,” US Dept. of Energy, energy.gov, John Horst

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement. 

Off the football field, New Orleans is embracing energy efficiency with help from the Energy Department. The city retrofitted four libraries using an integrative design approach — adding motion sensor lights, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrades to the building envelopes. These improvements helped cut the libraries’ energy costs by 30 percent and serve as a standard for other city-owned buildings. New Orleans streets feature more than 1,200 energy-efficient light fixtures. In addition to saving the city money on energy costs — an estimated $70,000 annually — the new lights help the city reduce routine maintenance due to their longer lifespan….

The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.”

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