Glenn Reynolds skewers the hypocrisy of Gulfstream-hopping celebrities trying to fight global warming. As he notes:
A Gulfstream III releases 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide an hour. How can we demand “sacrifice” from ordinary Americans when our leaders — including those who call for the sacrifice — are flying in jets like this? If commercial first-class isn’t good enough, they should stay home.
Of course, it isn’t about having the Hollywood jet set cut back, it’s about having us cut back.
There are reasonable, affordable, and wise things one can do to reduce their “carbon footprint” and increase their energy efficiency. Even without all the global warming hysteria, energy efficiency is a good unto itself. However, the screeching alarmism of the empty-headed celebrity set only serves to discredit those reasonable efforts. Just like “power lines cause cancer” and “Alar is killing children” and “nuclear winter will kill us all,” a bunch of vapid celebrities are trying to wash themselves in a patina of social responsibility without having a clue about the subject they’re ranting about.
If these people really cared about being “green,” they’d get off their Gulfstreams and take the bus. Then again, it isn’t about being green for them, it’s about making green, and if being an environmentalist crusader can get them some free PR, they’ll start talking about how it’s critically important that the little people in flyover country not drive SUVs because that causes polar bears to die.
As always, when celebrity is used to push a scientific issue, it certainly isn’t because the science is sound…