Clueless: NYT Columnist Warns Of Climate Change While On Company’s Global Private Jet Tour

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is warning, yet again, about the perils of climate change and the need to be good stewards of the environment.

Clueless NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof

This time, however, Kristof is not writing from the Manhattan offices of the “old grey lady” because he’s in the middle of a New York Times-sponsored around-the-world private jet tour that costs $135,000 per person.

Kristof’s column, entitled, “A Parable of Self-Destruction,” was written on Easter Island off the coast of South America. It tells the story of how the island became uninhabited due to deforestation and unsustainable practices by the natives.

“That brings us to climate change, to the chemical processes we are now triggering whose outcomes we cant fully predict,” Kristof wrote after recounting what is alleged to have happened to the natives. “The consequences may be a transformed planet with rising waters and hotter weather, dying coral reefs and more acidic oceans. We fear for the ocean food chain and worry about feedback loops that will irreversibly accelerate this process, yet still we act like Easter Islanders hacking down their trees.”

Kristof was on the island as part of an around-the-world tour organized by the New York Times. Limited to only 50 people at a cost of $135,000 per person, “based on double occupancy,” the tour offers the chance to “circle the globe on an inspiring and informative journey by private jet, created by The New York Times in collaboration with luxury travel pioneers Abercrombie & Kent. This 26-day itinerary takes you beneath the surface of some of the world’s most compelling destinations, illuminating them through the expertise of veteran Times journalists.”

(Kristoff apparently doesn’t read his own paper.) In 2013, the New York Times ran a “news analysis” piece entitled, “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel”.

Me personally, I think the biggest sin is telling others how to live a low carbon lifestyle while living high on fossil fueled air travel yourself. Via The Daily Caller, read the full story here


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March 19, 2018 8:14 pm

See hypocrisy for definition. I’m more bothered by their lack of understanding concerning historical and natural climate change that can’t be related to CO2.

Gerald Machnee
March 19, 2018 8:17 pm

Is the Gored on the flight?

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Gerald Machnee
March 20, 2018 1:07 am

Did it snow on Easter Island?

J Mac
March 19, 2018 8:19 pm

Private jet setting New York hypocrat lectures the ‘little people’ to live impoverished lives to save the planet. Details to follow, Film at 11…..

Tom Halla
March 19, 2018 8:20 pm

Kristoff is one of the shallowest columnists at the NYT. An affirmation of almost all leftist cliches, but so shallow he nearly beads up.

Komrade Kuma
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 19, 2018 9:30 pm

He Tweets “…a parable of environmental self-destruction” while participating in ‘a parable of reputational self destruction’.
How shallow is that? I’ve see day old kittens piddle puddles of wee deeper than that.
He seems to be one of those effete, limp minded ‘group talkers’ who talk, talk, talk the talk and from time to time get laid for their efforts. I can just imagine the narcissistic bonk fest ( “based on double occupancy,”) that is the reality of this great grandmother of self indulgences. Verseilles would have run one of these a month if they had the technology and Caligula probably dreamed of such an adventure. Nero would have been up for it too I imagine. Putin and the gang probably do it anyway but have the wit to keep it quiet.

Reply to  Tom Halla
March 21, 2018 4:02 am

Lol, good one Tom. The only one I can come up with is- he’s so shallow he doesn’t detract

Reply to  GHowe
March 21, 2018 4:03 am

Refract, I meant

Pop Piasa
March 19, 2018 8:28 pm

I’ve gotta hand it to charlatans like this who consider themselves above humanity, they’ve truly grabbed life by the horns. How long will they hold on before getting tossed by their own bull?

Reply to  Pop Piasa
March 20, 2018 9:36 am

Do you mean “bull-wash” by any chance?
Is delusion a contributing factor to hypocrisy or is it just ignorance that is the cause?

Walter Sobchak
March 19, 2018 8:54 pm

Easter Island is not a tale of environmental damage. Benny Peiser of the GWPF laid it out several years ago in an article: “From Genocide to Ecocide: The Rape of Rapa Nui” here is the formal cite:
Free downloads are available if you Google Benny’s name and the article title. Highly recommended. Here is the abstract:
“The ‘decline and fall’ of Easter Island and its alleged self-destruction has become the poster child of a new environmentalist historiography, a school of thought that goes hand-in-hand with predictions of environmental disaster. Why did this exceptional civilisation crumble? What drove its population to extinction? These are some of the key questions Jared Diamond endeavours to answer in his new book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. According to Diamond, the people of Easter Island destroyed their forest, degraded the island’s topsoil, wiped out their plants and drove their animals to extinction. As a result of this self-inflicted environmental devastation, its complex society collapsed, descending into civil war, cannibalism and self-destruction. While his theory of ecocide has become almost paradigmatic in environmental circles, a dark and gory secret hangs over the premise of Easter Island’s self-destruction: An actual genocide terminated Rapa Nui’s indigenous populace and its culture. Diamond, however, ignores and fails to address the true reasons behind Rapa Nui’s collapse. Why has he turned the victims of cultural and physical extermination into the perpetrators of their own demise? This paper is a first attempt to address this disquieting quandary. It describes the foundation of Diamond’s environmental revisionism and explains why it does not hold up to scientific scrutiny.”
Nullius in Verba, Baby.

Scott Manhart
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 19, 2018 10:20 pm

Yes Easter island cculture collapsed politically. We can be assured the jet pampered reporter never bothered to read the latest. BTW. I agree Diamonds Collapse was the hat tip to the mantra of the toxic greens. His next book “the world until yesterday” is a bit more of a balanced Mea culpa.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Scott Manhart
March 20, 2018 7:21 am

The other tell on Diamond was his claim that the Viking’s left Greenland because they would not eat fish. It could only be plausible to someone who had never known a Scandinavian.

Reply to  Scott Manhart
March 20, 2018 10:03 am

When Europeans arrived on the islands in 1722 they assumed that the Moai were proof of a lost civilization. But there was an article few years back on Finnish history/science magazine, which said that according to new evidence Easter island never had any big civilization. Also there have been experiments that showed that you don’t need lots of people to move the Moai. You just need good technique.

March 19, 2018 8:56 pm

Is it an accident that “The New York Times” is an anagram of “The Monkeys Write?” Interestingly, “Old Grey Lady” is an anagram of the similarly apropos “really dodgy.” Coincidence? Or cosmic joke? You decide.

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
March 19, 2018 10:22 pm

Nice one!

Reply to  NRW
March 20, 2018 10:00 am

Thank you!

March 19, 2018 9:04 pm

What a hypocrite.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 20, 2018 4:05 am

The bigger the believer, the bigger the hypocrite.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 20, 2018 9:35 am

It’s not for me, it is for thee.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 20, 2018 9:37 am

The cause of death: He drowned in his own bull wash.

March 19, 2018 9:26 pm

These stunts are hypocritical yes, for sure, but I’m not among those who deny that humans are destroying our collective home–Planet Earth–at a record rate. Having lived and worked in multiple developing countries on 4 continents, I’ve witnessed human-caused environmental degradation and its negative impacts on local populations first hand. We ALL need to wake up and live lives that are more sustainable which means questioning many of the things we hold dear as Americans. The Earth won’t continue to groan and accept our ignorance. She will be fighting back, because you see nature has created a system that ensures it WILL survive.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Henry Lewis
March 19, 2018 10:21 pm

Well, Henry, why not tell us of a few of the problems, and what you think should be done. Also, what do you do to stop the destruction you know about?
I’ll suggest many people need clean water, more Vitamin A, and abundant cheap electricity. I contribute by arguing against those that want to waste wealth to create expensive electricity, and prevent developing countries from developing. The wasted wealth could be used for clean water and Vit-A
Your turn.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 4:09 am

I think Henry is a believer in Gaia.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 4:16 pm

March 20, 2018 at 4:09 am.
What if he is? Is there something wrong with regarding the Earth as an intelligent superorganism? If so, what?

Reply to  Henry Lewis
March 20, 2018 5:21 am

“We ALL need to wake up and live lives that are more sustainable which means questioning many of the things we hold dear as Americans.”
So, THAT’S what “sustainable” means?!
Could you be so kind as to expound on the details of the lives which you envision us all leading in your “sustainable” woke state?
Specifics would be great. What actions must we take? What would our daily lives look like under your regime? Transportation? Housing? Travel? Families? Food? And everything?

Reply to  Henry Lewis
March 20, 2018 6:51 am

Nothing like an empty, non-specific claim that calls for non-specific action.

Reply to  Henry Lewis
March 20, 2018 6:54 am

The problem is poverty, not man.
Allow those people to get rich and all these problems go away.
The earth doesn’t care a flying flip what we do to it. It isn’t alive.

Michael 2
Reply to  MarkW
March 20, 2018 12:33 pm

It would be difficult to fly an airplane with nuclear power.

Reply to  MarkW
March 20, 2018 4:50 pm

MarkW, March 20, 2018 at 6:54 am:

The earth doesn’t care a flying flip what we do to it. It isn’t alive.

I am certain, from direct personal contact with Gaia’s mind, that she is very much alive.

March 19, 2018 10:20 pm

If one believes that the burning of fossil fuels is bad then one should stop making use of all goods and services that involve the use of fossil fuels. Apparently Kristof is not doing that. Lucky for him is the reality that the climate change we are experiencing today is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. There is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and plenty of scientific rational to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is really zero. The real problem with the use of fossil fuels is not climate change but because they are finite, we will eventually run out.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  willhaas
March 19, 2018 10:33 pm

The real problem with the use of fossil fuels is not climate change but because they are finite, we will eventually run out.
Why do you think this is a problem?
I think as supply becomes less, if it does, then the price will go up, efficiency and substitutions kick in, and on we go. Note, we already use what is called unconventional carbon-based fuel. Some particular thing might be finite, resources are not.

Leo Smith
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 12:21 am

Some particular thing might be finite, resources are not.

Well apparently they ARE. Entropy implies the heat death of the universe at some point in the future,..
Life as we know it, is just surfing a wave of entropy that will in the end break upon the shore of the laws of thermodynamics.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 2:41 am

The Earth’s supply of fossil fuels is finite. There is just so much to be had and when that runs our it is gone. Before the fossil fuel runs out mankind must switch to alternate sources of energy and must decrease our population so that alternate sources of energy will be sufficient.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 6:56 am

The peakists have been predicting that the end of fossil fuel is 20 years off for over 50 years.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 6:58 am

The end of fossil fuels is hundreds of years off.
We already have alternative fuels (nuclear) that are more than adequate to take over from them completely.
In 200 years, who knows what new alternatives will be available.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 20, 2018 5:10 pm

Yep, and it looked at one point like mankind would run out of whales.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  willhaas
March 20, 2018 5:55 am

“… and must decrease our population so that alternate sources of energy will be sufficient.”
When are you going to lead the way? At your funeral I would like to acknowledge that you did walk the walk.

Joe Civis
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 20, 2018 8:29 am


Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 20, 2018 8:41 am

Bingo. willhaas, thanks for your time on this earth.

March 19, 2018 10:22 pm

Liberals enter into terminal hypocrisy. Women and children hardest hit.

Kurt in Switzerland
March 19, 2018 11:11 pm

It would be funny to see a Josh cartoon of Kristof as Marie Antoinette: “Let them install solar panels!”
I wanted to comment on the real reasons for the demise of Easter Island, but Walter beat me to it.

Joel O’Bryan
March 19, 2018 11:28 pm

The bigger problem is he doesn’t understand that there even is hypocrisy.
When you see yourself as morally superior, that’s what happens.
Conservation and sacrifice are for the Little People.
Liberalism is a mental disorder.

March 19, 2018 11:40 pm

So Al Bore is not the only green hypocrite. The most inconvenient one, maybe, but not the only one.

Reply to  Richard
March 20, 2018 6:58 am

All Bore

Leo Smith
March 20, 2018 12:28 am

The resources of the universe are finite, but not as finite as some would have you believe.
The population cannot continue to expand indefinitely, but will not stop as soon as some people would have you believe.
CO2 does affect climate, but not nearly as much as some people would have you believe.
Windmills and solar panels do generate electricity, but not nearly as much as some people would have you believe.
The major conflicts are down to people who can Do Sums, against people with Art History degrees.

March 20, 2018 1:11 am

“NYT’s Nicholas Kristof Would Flunk An 8th Grade Science Test”

Reply to  David Middleton
March 20, 2018 1:41 am

Oh that was cruel. He didn’t have a potential endocrine distruptor’s chance in hell in that handling.

Reply to  Hugs
March 20, 2018 2:45 am

I see he has a law degree. Explains a lot really.
With apologies to all the decent law degree holders out there. Kristof does you a great disservice.

March 20, 2018 1:13 am

In some far future, archaeologists and anthropologists will wonder, hypothesize and argue over why a once thriving civilisation would go into terminal decline whilst covering the land in useless, labour intensive, very tall monuments.
The most popular theory will be that they worshipped an all powerful God named Mercedes, who demanded extreme sacrifices in terms of riches, food and profitless labour. The whirling three bladed sword symbol of Mercedes will be seen all over the land, by this time returned to wilderness, It will be assumed that the sparse, undernourished, and superstitious inhabitants, whose great God Baall forecasts all consuming fire unless sacrifices of food and young women are given to the Mercedes high priests, are all that remain of this long perished civilisation.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Doonhamer
March 20, 2018 3:34 am

Most likely will be a F. O. R. D. Found on rubbish dump.

Steve (Paris)
March 20, 2018 2:33 am

I wonder if he’ll be dropping in on Marrakesh?
“COP22, the UN’s climate conference that took place in 2016, has left Marrakesh with a gleaming globe of an airport, eerily empty as security demands that only passengers and staff be admitted.”

Steve (Paris)
Reply to  Steve (Paris)
March 20, 2018 2:34 am

Sounds like it could be comfortable and exclusive enough for him.

Tom Hoover
March 20, 2018 3:19 am

Seems the key word is ‘may’. We should for sure spend trillions on a ‘may’ have dire consequences?

March 20, 2018 3:38 am

The NYT have another feature piece (perhaps same or overlapping) blaming sea level rise for damaging erosion, etc. There’s just one problem they overlooked—actual sea level rise.

March 20, 2018 4:38 am

Strange you hardly (ever) see responses from the likes of Mosher or Stokes on these types of posts. Anybody else notice?

Ed wolfe
March 20, 2018 4:40 am

He knows best
Just as him

Y. Knott
March 20, 2018 4:41 am

– If it helps – and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t – what really happened to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is a matter for debate; accusing the Islanders of wiping-out their own biome is likely self-serving deception (why didn’t they do that anywhere else?), and ‘axes’ likely weren’t the culprit. The palm trees on Easter Island didn’t produce big, heavy coconuts, they produced small, thin-shelled, golfball-sized coconuts – a meal-in-a-bag for the human-introduced vector that probably cleaned-out Rapa Nui – rats:
“Whether rats were stowaways or a source of protein for the Polynesian voyagers, they would have found a welcoming environment on Rapa Nui {Easter Island} —an almost unlimited supply of high-quality food and, other than people, no predators. In such an ideal setting, rats can reproduce so quickly that their population doubles about every six or seven weeks. A single mating pair could thus reach a population of almost 17 million in just over three years. On Kure Atoll in the Hawaiian Islands, at a latitude similar to Rapa Nui but with a smaller supply of food, the population density of the Polynesian rat was reported in the 1970s to have reached 45 per acre. On Rapa Nui, that would equate to a rat population of more than 1.9 million. At a density of 75 per acre, which would not be unreasonable given the past abundance of food, the rat population could have exceeded 3.1 million.”

Y. Knott
Reply to  Y. Knott
March 20, 2018 4:42 am

Sorry – I tried to dumb-down the link but it didn’t, so here it is:

Y. Knott
Reply to  Y. Knott
March 20, 2018 4:48 am

– and the link is expired anyway. This link appears to quote the original article:

John Bell
March 20, 2018 5:41 am

THAT is what gets my goat the most, green hypocrisy!

March 20, 2018 5:49 am

Heck, if I had the money (and I’m still waiting for that dark-money check from Big Oil/Coal/Gas/Etc.) I would love to take an around-the-world tour like this in a private jet. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Unfortuantely, it would be ruined by the narcissistic ramblings of the CAGW preachers. Could you imagine having to listen to these clowns every day, hour after hour? Maybe I’ll stick with a “stay-cation”.

March 20, 2018 6:18 am

So this is the current ticket price of liberal indoctrination camps. Whatever happened to the 30 cent kool aid method?

March 20, 2018 6:46 am

Come on, people, give the man a break. Saving the planet is a tough job. Need proof?

March 20, 2018 6:50 am

There is evidence that the trees of Easter Island were killed off by rats brought by European trading vessels.

Y. Knott
Reply to  MarkW
March 20, 2018 6:56 am

Anything to blame it on us…

March 20, 2018 7:34 am

How well is the crew of the jet trained in operations in remote areas?
I wouldn’t ride or fly this bunch of self righteous par-tay people anywhere.
There is risk to this..

paul courtney
Reply to  TGMcCoy
March 20, 2018 12:21 pm

TG: Good point. Would not be surprised to learn that they took in Antarctica and got stuck in sea ice.

March 20, 2018 8:49 am

Clueless? Probably not. Bigot or sanctimonious hypocrite.

March 20, 2018 9:36 am

How in the world does . .
“how the island became uninhabited due to deforestation and unsustainable practices by the natives. . . ”
. . lead to . .
“That brings us to climate change . .”

March 20, 2018 9:42 am

Can we get a list of the 50 participants in this $135K world tour; Who are the sycophant-fawners that paid 5K a day to sit next to Kristoff, on the private jets, on their make believe journalistic trip around the world?
(and does this Kristoff dbag get to deduct ALL of the expense as work related? Or was this a considered a work related trip and it was a completely paid for tax free perk by the NYT?).

March 20, 2018 5:51 pm

Hypocrisy is a mainstay for the NYT. However I am still waiting to see the proof that CO@ is doing any damage to the climate before stopping air travel in favour of a donkey. Lack of understanding of historical and scientific matters is also a mainstay of the NYT.

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