Since going Green went mainstream, various celebrities have taken up the cause. Their message often includes threats of the dire consequences to come to all of us should we not stop using carbon-based fuels. While the science behind these claims is questionable, the hypocrisy shown by these prophets of doom is not.
Let’s start with the high-priest of the religion of manmade climate change, Al Gore. His Tennessee mansion includes 20 rooms plus 8 bathrooms, as well as a pool and a separate guest house. Its energy consumption in one month is greater than the average American household consumes in a full year. But that was not enough for carbon hogging Gore. Earlier this year he purchased a $9 million mansion in Montecito, California. While being the poster child for being Green hasn’t stopped Gore’s orgy of energy use, it has made him a very rich man.
Progressive politicians are often guilty of not practicing what they preach. Nancy Pelosi required a huge private jet to fly here to and from Washington. President Obama flies Air Force One all over the world instead of using video conferencing. Perhaps the height of arrogance occurred when these Progrssives and the President took their private jets to Copenhagen’s climate meeting, belching out carbon like cows overdosed on corn and malaises. The gathering didn’t accomplish a thing, possibly the best outcome for this charade.
World-renowned rocker, Bono, of U2 fame, has been a strong proponent for the Green movement. Last year in Tokyo Japan Bono proclaimed: “My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet.” Such emotional talk on the environment has made him a darling of Greenies worldwide. Keenforgreen.com said of Bono: “If you are looking for an environmental role model, Irish rockstar, Bono (born Paul David Hewson, May 10, 1960), of the band U2 is a good place to start.”
While Mr. Bono’s words might be sweat music to some, his actions are that of a fraud. The nzherald.com reported on some interesting statistics supplied by an environment website, carbonfootprint.com relating to U2’s upcoming world tour:
- The daily running cost for the tour will be $850,000, requiring six 747 jets.
- U2’s 18-month tour will include the band traveling about 70,000 miles in a private jet.
- The U2 360 tour features three 390-ton stages shipped around the globe and requiring a crew and staff of 200.
- The tour’s carbon footprint will emit about 65,000 tonnes of CO2. That is equivalent to leaving a 100 watt lightbulb turned on for about 160,000 years.
- Carbonfootprint.com has also said that “The carbon footprint generated by U2’s 44 concerts this year is equal to carbon created by the four band members travelling the 34.125 million miles from Earth to Mars in a passenger plane.”
When confronted about these Green excess, U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness was unapologetic and bragged “I can assure you the costs of putting this show on are the highest in history“.
Bono’s arrogance indicates that he does not believe that manmade use of carbon-based energy causes global warming or that he and his Progressive friends have a special license to burn carbon that the common man does not have. That makes him either a fraud or an elitist; most likely the answer rests in a mixture of the two.