Guest essay by Eric Worrall
How many global warming crusaders do you know about, who manage more air miles in a year, than most normal people manage in a lifetime?
President Obama is not shy about air miles – according to Breitbart, he is scheduled to fly on Airforce One, to give a speech in Florida on Earth Day, about the dangers of global warming.
On Earth day last year, for instance, Obama burned more than 35,000 gallons of fuel and emitted 375 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in his trips around the world.
Air Force One burns five gallons of fuel every single mile it flies and costs the American people $179,750 an hour. But that is just for the plane itself as the personnel also include 75 people who travel with the president each of whom often get paid overtime during the trips.
Perhaps President Obama will be joined by UN environment ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio, who also seems to believe his mission to save the world, trumps any personal carbon expenditure. According to a report about Wikileaks, DiCaprio flew a private jet 6 times in 6 weeks, in April and May 2014, courtesy of Sony.
Al Gore’s carbon footprint has been a running joke for years – his eye watering home electricity bill, his beachfront mansion, his willingness to fly long distances, to lecture the rest of us about the environmental dangers of flying, the way he made a vast personal profit by selling his TV station to oil interests. You have to almost admire Al Gore’s apparent enthusiasm, for trampling the environmental sensibilities of his green admirers.
What about climate scientists? They might not quite manage a Presidential scale climate footprint, but in my opinion some of them live pretty well – they seem happy to say take a long distance flight to Tahiti, and use their grant money to buy a little Tahitian luxury accommodation, in order to save the rest of us from enjoying similar experiences.
Of course, if there isn’t a pressing green reason to visit a luxury hotel in Tahiti, there is always the next annual climate Jamboree, in some expensive, exotic holiday spot. Or one of the intra-annual working groups, if you want to get more involved in the green jetset lifestyle.
My point is, the only green I have ever heard of, who received any kind of censure for carbon profligacy, is Richard Branson. And he owns an entire fleet of jet aircraft.
The lesson, in my opinion, is clear. If you want a green pass for flying your own private jet, without attracting green disapproval, all you have to do is say you are concerned about CO2. Then nobody in the green movement will care what you actually do – all they seem to care about is what you say. By voicing support for approved green narratives, you will have established yourself, in the eyes of the greens, as one of their in crowd. You will not be expected to live by the same rules, and standards of behaviour, as ordinary folk.