Professor McAfee: Investment in Environmental Offsets Is 'Very Uncertain'

Monday, July 08, 2019
Aerial photo of the Western Amazonia in Brazil
The megadrought in the Amazon rainforest during the summer of 2005 caused widespread damage and die-offs to trees, as depicted in this photo taken in Western Amazonia in Brazil. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.

CAL MATTERS (SACRAMENTO) -- But the practice is controversial and, as a ProPublica investigation recently revealed, has a long track record of failure.

“You’d be trading certain, increased emissions for very uncertain, hoped-for reductions,” Kathleen McAfee, a professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University, told CALmatters. A fire or political reversal, for instance, could undo years of forest preservation in an instant.