Friday, July 06, 2007

Popular Hypocrisy

The Daily Mail: "The Live Earth event is, in the words of one commentator: "a massive, hypocritical fraud".

For while the organisers' commitment to save the planet is genuine, the very process of putting on such a vast event, with more than 150 performers jetting around the world to appear in concerts from Tokyo to Hamburg, is surely an exercise in hypocrisy on a grand scale.

Matt Bellamy, front man of the rock band Muse, has dubbed it 'private jets for climate change'.

A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that far from saving the planet, the extravaganza will generate a huge fuel bill, acres of garbage, thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, and a mileage total equal to the movement of an army.

The most conservative assessment of the flights being taken by its superstars is that they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts - nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher. "

Our globe-trotting, climate-conscious, world-saving superstars are in the process of flying more miles then all of this blogs readers combined will fly in a dozen years.
For their troubles, they are praised for saving the environment.

And what they purposely ignore, is the carbon foot print they create. Now, I am certainly not a tree hugger by any stretch, and I have no problem with flying. Yet, the incredible hypocrisy, not just by the political left of this world, but by the cultural icons, who in all of their shallow glory, lecture us on the environment is beyond belief, and I shall continue calling them on it.

"My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act, that’s a renewable resource, let’s renew it."
-Al Gore

And yet, we have the fantastic example of Mr. Gore himself, what with his paper consumption and energy usage.

1 comment:

SolaMeanie said...

I think the term for these guys is "limousine liberals." I think many of the artists playing are well intentioned, but as is usual with things pushed by the left, it's emotion based. They usually don't think things through in terms of results and outcomes.

The media drive this stuff too.