Greens Go by Air – Greenpeace edition by Josh

Josh has a nice travel sticker for suitcases to offset this stupidity. From the National Post:

One of Greenpeace’s most senior executives commutes 400 kilometres each way to work by plane, the environmental group has admitted. 

One volunteer described the arrangement as “almost unbelievable.” Another said they would cancel their direct debit donation following a series of disclosures about financial mismanagement in documents leaked to The Guardian newspaper.

Pascal Husting, the international program director at Greenpeace International, said he began “commuting between Luxembourg and Amsterdam” when he took the job in 2012 and currently made the round trip about twice a month. 

The flights, costing about $365 return, are paid by Greenpeace, even though it campaigns to cut air travel, arguing that the growth in flying “is ruining our chances of stopping dangerous climate change.”


Lots of stories (here and here) about Greens flying round the globe and generally living it large – they have no shame really do they.

Cartoons by Josh



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June 26, 2014 6:19 am

Is this that organisation on Putin’s pay-list, trying to stop fracking in the EU?

Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)
June 26, 2014 6:23 am

What a bunch of air heads.

June 26, 2014 6:36 am

I used to work for the Climate Reality Project… The CEO and the head of Legal both commuted from Denver to DC on a weekly basis. No one there saw any problem with this for some reason.

Tom in Florida
June 26, 2014 6:38 am

It’s really very simple. Everyone is equal, it’s just that some are more equal than others.

June 26, 2014 6:47 am

Josh great cartoon. It hits the mark as it is based on reality!

June 26, 2014 6:54 am

>One volunteer described the arrangement as “almost unbelievable.”
That’s it in a nutshell. The science is complicated. There is seemingly logical information supporting both sides of the “argument”. The problem that the “believers” can not possible fathom that those whom they perceive as the “good people” are actually liars, cheats, manipulators and scoundrels – in it only for the money and power. It is completely unbelievable to them. They think that they will “get the money” and take it away from greedy capitalists conservative, who are already rich. Legions of useful idiots consider no possibility that they have nothing coming in this scam, except cozy belief and being in the “everybody knows” camp.

June 26, 2014 7:07 am

I wonder what the total number of flight miles per annum the Greenpeace warriors and their “guests” do in “saving the planet” (including their donation drives) . It would be interesting to see how it compared with a company of a comparable size, or even compared with the evil fossil fuel industry.

June 26, 2014 7:17 am

And while we’re at it, there are too many people on this planet. I want all the rest of you to get off. Me and my Greenpeace posse, we’re cool. We can stay.
(/another point of GP hypocrisy)

Pamela Gray(@pamelasuemakin)
June 26, 2014 7:34 am

Their motto: Leave nothing but your footprints behind…in the air…in front of buildings…circled around forest trees…on the ocean with carbon spewing boats…It’s like a family circle cartoon gone mad with Billy tracking dirt around the globe in the air and on the ground.

June 26, 2014 7:41 am

Maybe Harrison Ford and the Greenpeace guy can go for cheeseburgers, each in their own plane.

June 26, 2014 7:41 am

Disassemble his aircraft, sell it for scrap. Sell his cars. Sell his house because it spits dirty stuff from the chimney. All this stuff pollutes their god mother Earth. Awww geeez man! You can’t drive anywhere because it pollutes! You can’t fly anywhere because it pollutes! And you expel dangerous gasses when you exhale too. You pollute too. Earth worshipping hypocrites.

David Larsen
June 26, 2014 7:53 am

Don’t do as I do, do as I say.

Robert Milicevic
June 26, 2014 7:54 am

Ironically, these green CEOs (who are actually just career people in a lucrative field) are following the wise advice from James Delingpole. “I will refuse to feel guilty because I dare to exist.”

John in L du B
June 26, 2014 8:06 am

Thanks to President Putin though for helping them reduce their carbon footprint by kindly storing the Arctic Sunrise for them in the Port of Murmansk.

June 26, 2014 8:19 am

itsnotmeitsyou says:
I used to work for the Climate Reality Project… The CEO and the head of Legal both commuted from Denver to DC on a weekly basis. No one there saw any problem with this for some reason.
Wow! Either this is a “convert” or a person who could act as a “mole”. Or someone who just woke up. It would be interesting to get some more info from this person as to their change in life and attitude(s).

June 26, 2014 8:28 am

itsnotmeitsyou says:
June 26, 2014 at 6:36 am
I used to work for the Climate Reality Project… The CEO and the head of Legal both commuted from Denver to DC on a weekly basis. No one there saw any problem with this for some reason.
They probably think that their work is important enough to fly that frequently. They probably don’t think that their carbon footprint needs to be reduced – only the footprint of the peasants – and they probably consider everyone that’s not involved in the fight against CAGW to be a peasant.

June 26, 2014 8:45 am

itsnotmeitsyou says:
June 26, 2014 at 6:36 am
“I used to work for the Climate Reality Project… The CEO and the head of Legal both commuted from Denver to DC on a weekly basis. No one there saw any problem with this for some reason.”
That’s just the typical American larger-than-life high-octane environmentalism.
Didn’t Gillian Anderson even cross the Atlantic by plane to promote one of her environmentalist films, I think directed by that 10:10 exploding kids woman, Franny Armstrong? Oh I think it was actually an attempt at promoting that funny short film.
” “In response to questions about the message of the film, Armstrong replied, “We ‘killed’ five people to make No Pressure – a mere blip compared to the 300,000 real people who now die each year from climate change”.”
I love that quote so much. Isn’t she just lovely? After retreating into the woods, she BTW gave birth to a new polluter(*).
(*) formerly known as H. Sapiens.

June 26, 2014 8:52 am

Air travel was brought to us by two American brothers who built the first light engine from parts in their bike bicycle shop. Today, all Americans can fly, own planes, send products all over the world, and receive items shipped by air world wide within days.
The heartless environmentalsts’ only goal is to end the use of air shipping and travel by the very people and free society which developed it. Class privileges are contrary to equality before the law, which provides that the laws apply equally to all people in our country. It is a problem that Congress now routinely passes restrictive legislation in health and business, and then simply issues waivers from these laws to their supporters.
Class privileges and separate laws for separate classes have been a reality for the rest of the world for millennia, and now the progressive scientists singlemindedly want to institute class privileges here, to “save the planet.” It is a testament to the illogic and gullibility of our times that any one believes that instituting class privileges will save the planet.

June 26, 2014 9:40 am

Some 20 years ago I was involved in a big fight with Greenpeace about the use of chlorine/PVC and the dioxin emissions from the incineration of waste products from the chlorine/VCM/PVC factory where I was working at that time. Some year, emission measurements of different types of ships (sea and river) were made for and published by the government. From these figures we could deduce that one Greenpeace ship probably emitted more dioxins (and orders of magnitude more PAH’s) by fighting chlorine/PVC than the factory producing 500,000 tons per year of VCM/PVC…
I asked them if they would publish the emission figures of their fleet, like was done by almost all chemical factories in Rotterdam each year. Never received an answer…

June 26, 2014 9:49 am

Max Hugoson says:
Wow! Either this is a “convert” or a person who could act as a “mole”. Or someone who just woke up. It would be interesting to get some more info from this person as to their change in life and attitude(s).
I went into working for them as a kinda-sorta an environmentalist. I was interested in renewable energy sources and green tech. I thought it would be a good way to learn more about global warming and help a cause… boy was I wrong.
The hypocrisy that is rampant in that org only scratches the surface of the multitude of things I experienced while there that turned me into a full blown skeptic. The level of cognitive dissonance those people endure on a daily basis must be amazing. I watched as they wrote off any scientific studies that disagreed with them as “opinion”. We were given daily “talking points” that we were supposed to stick to in any arguments we had in real life, regardless of how ridiculous they were.
Once, I dared to show a small amount of skepticism while there. It was something along the lines of “well the planet will actually be just fine, the humans may be screwed, though.” You’d think I just called their mom a whore judging from the reactions I got. BLASPHEMER! HEATHEN!
I worked there during the “24 hours of Gore” BS. I had some issues with Bill Nye’s experiment and said so before production was done. (much the same issues that Anthony pointed out) I was told to keep my mouth shut and get with the program.
I left disheartened, but enlightened.

June 26, 2014 9:51 am

Note to Anthony:
If you would like to ask me any questions, I’d be happy to talk to you about my experience in the Cult of Gore.

June 26, 2014 10:35 am

Keep Climbing!

Mike H.
June 26, 2014 10:41 am

Leadership has two basic requisites, that the leader has done an action or that they be willing to do an action. Those who believe in population reduction should show leadership. The same with carbon reduction.
The subjects of the post are imperators not leaders.

June 26, 2014 10:49 am

itsnotmeitsyou says:
June 26, 2014 at 9:51 am
Note to Anthony:
If you would like to ask me any questions, I’d be happy to talk to you about my experience in the Cult of Gore.

You could write it up and dump it in the Submit Story tab.

Mr Green Genes
June 26, 2014 10:56 am

Completely off topic so if the mods kill this, fair enough.
Congratrulations to the US for getting to the next phase of the World Cup.

June 26, 2014 11:05 am

What’s going on with the Arctic Ocean oil rig story, seems nothing much has happened since Christmas…

June 26, 2014 11:06 am

Not long ago, President Obama stopped on his way to Air Force One for another golfing trip just long enough to give a short speech on climate change and call skeptics Flat Earthers. The hypocrisy of his actions didn’t even phase him. Why should I respect the hypocrites who lecture me on global warming when all of them have much larger carbon footprints than I do and show no evidence of trying to cut back? If you really believed your behavior was leading to a world-wide catastrophe, wouldn’t you change your behavior? Wouldn’t you practice what you preach by setting an example? Of course you would If you actually believed your own words.

JJM Gommers
June 26, 2014 11:42 am

Until now approximate 650 people withdrew their membership. If the MSM in the Netherlands would publish the trouble of Greenpeace in India that would help to minimise this criminal organisation further.

John Craige
June 26, 2014 11:54 am

With Josh’s permission I would like to have this reprinted in our local weekly paper as FOE are very vocal over here in the Isle of Man.

June 26, 2014 12:10 pm

I just looked it up on the Eurorail website since most rail is electric there, and a round trip, 2nd class ticket from Amsterdam to Luxembourg ticket runs at $320.

June 26, 2014 12:28 pm

The head of the Green Party in Sweden commuted weekly by air between Stockholm and Helsinki for several years, despite there being an overnight ferry from city center to city center.
Her excuse was that there were too many people doing tax-free boozing on the ferry, so it really wasn’t very nice. One would have thought that in that case she could have kept to her cabin, but that idea apparently never occurred to her.

June 26, 2014 1:55 pm

“commuting between Luxembourg and Amsterdam”
Geesh, it’s only twice a month – why can’t he drive? Or take a train?
When you consider the time to check in, board, go through baggage claim, get a taxi/rental car/etc.,
he’d be there quicker with his own car. It would also be cheaper, probably.
He would also have time to listen to taped speeches of ALGORE ™ pontificating about the climate and how he invented the internet, etc., etc.
I’ve made it (driving+ferry) from Frankfurt to London in 10 hours…made the same journey, by air, in winter, bad weather, delays, etc., was almost the same time, with a great deal more stress than it was by auto. Extreme case, but still, Luxembourg to Amsterdam is not THAT far….plus, he could look at all the real WINDMILLS 🙂 Or, by train…trains in europe are quite good, and fast…better still if you’re a train fan…
Anyway, the greens aren’t about math, science, or, it appears, even reality….they just want to
transfer money from our pockets to theirs….

June 26, 2014 2:03 pm

1st written law of tyrants!…. don’t do what we do, do what we say!

June 26, 2014 2:07 pm

John Sauven of Greenpeace attempts to calm the troubled waters but just gets members leaving in droves cancelling their direct debits.
Visit and have a laugh.

June 26, 2014 2:17 pm

400Km per day, 20800Km per year; commuter flights or business class flights?
Preferred traveler status
Frequent flight upgrades whenever space is available; business class gets upgraded to first class.
Doesn’t have to associate with economy class flyers. Preferred treatment by flight attendants.
Frequent flyer flights exchanged for flight miles.
Yup sure sounds like one of those watermelons; talks a game but doesn’t play fair.

John Boles
June 26, 2014 3:19 pm

I have written an article about this; “global warming hypocrites” and they drive me bonkers. They drive cars, fly planes, use electricity, heat/cool their houses, yet they seem to be against all that at the same time!

June 26, 2014 4:06 pm

The environmental movement but in particular it’s individual corporate components such as Greenpeace as an example are not much different in their basic corporate structure, their aims which are to increase their influence power and wealth, aims which are identical to any other corporation in any other industry at a similar stage in the corporate life cycle.
Perhaps the most notable characteristic of the greens and the entire environmental movement is, unlike most publicly held corporations, are their narcissism and their total and absolute hypocrisy and their demonstrable inability to self exam or accept criticism of any sort at any level from outside of their organisation. [ and apparently from within their organisations as well as “itsnotmeitsyou” enlightens us above. ]
As with all corporations, companies and organisations right down to your local arts and crafts and sporting groups, all such formalised gatherings of human beings have a limited life cycle.
There have been a number of studies conducted on corporate life cycles over a the years and there are commercial organisations set up to advise companies on strategies that they might use to try and re-invigorate their corporation at the life cycle stage it is currently in
One such corporation advisory body is the “Adizes Institute” which has a roll over graph in it’s web site which shows the life cycle stages a corporation goes through and the characteristics of that stage in the corporation life cycle.
For my money I would suggest that Greenpeace and I suspect quite a number of other so called and misnamed “environmental” organisations are now in or close to the “Early Bureaucracy” stage in that Adizes Institute life cycle graph.
And that presages the beginning of the end for that corporate entity, Greenpeace in this case
With Greenpeace and it’s terrible legacy of probably some seventy million avoidable deaths since the early 1970’s from it’s political and legal efforts to get DDT banned and the resulting 40 to 50 million avoidable deaths from malaria. [ WHO figures ] together with it’s political, legal and physical thuggery to try and stop the release of the GMO Golden Rice that was bred to overcome the vitamin A deficiency amongst the poorest of Asia’s rice eaters, a legacy of another ten or twenty million avoidable deaths within the last 15 years along with totally unnecessary suffering imposed on hundreds of millions suffering from impaired immune systems due to vitamin A deficiency, all for no other than ideological reasons of some western based organisation intent on imposing it’s vision of the world on humanity, in particular forcibly imposing it’s ideological beliefs on the poorest, weakest and least powerful of humanity’s numbers.
To hopefully see the ultimate downfall and demise of Greenpeace will be good riddance at the very least of one of the most destructive of human life and therefore one of the most passively criminal corporations in all of mankind’s history.

John in Oz
June 26, 2014 8:38 pm

I have a similar problem with these hypocrites who push ‘buy local’ and to look for products with the lowest ‘production miles’ or similar measure.
The hypocrisy is due to their desire for their local farmers/producers to grow their business with ‘Buy local’ but have no issue with the same businesses, when they are successful, exporting to other areas/states where, obviously, it is OK for the other areas to NOT buy local.
Where’s Lew when you need a cognitive dissonance paper?

June 27, 2014 12:12 am

itsnotmeitsyou: Bravo Sir/Madam. Respect.

Eric Worrall(@eworrall1)
June 27, 2014 2:27 am

Luxembourg to Amsterdam is only a 5 hour journey, by car or train. What an @rse.

David Cage
June 27, 2014 8:49 am

The one who makes me really sick is Prince Charles who has the biggest private flight budget of all the royals and then sanctimoniously preaches about global warming. His global warming statement in his garden using dead trees cost virtually my lifetime carbon footprint.
Then you get the sanctimonious idiots like Westwood who as a very loud, both loud in the vulgar colours she uses, but also loud mouthed ignorance to match, preaching at us.
None of these celebrity intellectual sub norms ever think that just answering the question of how the computer models that fail even to include modelling of the natural biological and geological systems because no data is available can seriously be considered to be beyond question might help their cause if it had any substance.
Incidentally if you look at the figures in the specification of aircraft the fuel consumption on medium and long haul per passenger is comparable with a family car and significantly better than the motorised gin palaces used by most celebrities and royalty. Not true of course for private flights like the royals and many execs which make even their gin palaces consumption look modest.

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