Carbon Offsets: Government Warns of Fraud Risk The Federal Trade Commission is opening an investigation into the booming but unregulated "carbon offset" market. People buy these offsets to counterbalance their carbon emissions.
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Carbon Offsets: Government Warns of Fraud Risk

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Carbon Offsets: Government Warns of Fraud Risk

Carbon Offsets: Government Warns of Fraud Risk

Carbon Offsets: Government Warns of Fraud Risk

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People who want to counterbalance the amount of carbon they emit are buying "carbon offsets." These offsets are used by companies to invest in renewable energy sources, such as solar. Here, solar advocates in Manila participate in a recent parade calling on the government to support more renewable energy. Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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