‘private jets for climate change’

Not everyone is buying into the purity and all-around-goodness of those lads and lasses putting their massive carbon footprints behind Al Gore’s publicity stunt — I mean his noble efforts to save the planet by raising awareness of climate change. Yeah, that’s it. The Daily Mail in the UK is also skeptical of Live Earth. (BTW, what the heck is Madonna wearing in that picture???)

Here’s the money quote:

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’.

The Daily Mail is giving these performers way too much credit. Efforts like these are designed to show how much the performers care about the environment without actually making them do anything significant to sacrifice luxuries or change their behavior to match their rhetoric. There are a few exceptions to this, but very few walk the talk. And why should they? It’s great being rich and owning expensive toys (or so I’ve heard). If you can mute all that guilt all the rest of us are supposed to feel by buying bogus carbon offsets and buying a hybrid as your second car, bully for you. But unless you are willing to back up your preaching, there’s no reason for us to buy what you are selling.

All that said…The Police can still rock, and they proved it in their set. I just wish that they didn’t have to share the stage with that amateur political commentator Kanye West.
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9 thoughts on “‘private jets for climate change’

  1. I missed The Police, but I can tell you that they didn’t really rock when I saw them in LA a few weeks ago. They played like mellow old geezers.

    Of course, it was still great.

    This Live Earth thing was hysterical. I saw Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Matthews, the Chili Peppers, and a few others.

    I enjoyed the music.

    And I enjoyed watching Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cameron Diaz make complete asses of themselves. RFK, especially. What an angry hypocrite. Cameron’s at least nice on the eyes, even though she is dumb as a pebble.

    What I didn’t enjoy were the vignette videos featuring small children waxing philosophically about climate change.

    I don’t care what these brainwashed kids say, but I do want the bastards who frighten and indoctrinate our children into believing this crap punished. Severely.

  2. Well, being that I am not the resident expert on the Police that you are, I still enjoyed their set. 😛

    I always enjoy Bon Jovi, but I didn’t get to see them at Live Earth. RFK will always be an angry lib. There’s nothing on earth that would change that. For a rich guy with too much free time, he sure is awfully unhappy.

    I hate politicians and musicians using kids as props. I don’t care how noble or ignoble the cause may be.

  3. I guess in the future I should leave the Police critiques to Police fans. The truth is probably somewhere between what you said and what Kent said.

    On the subject of RFK, I think it will be easy to judge your objectivity based on your comment here. I don’t take back what I said. He is an angry lib. But I would love to see him enter the Democratic race for President. More chaos there is good for the Republicans. 🙂

  4. If you think RFK Jr. entering the race would cause chaos in the Democratic ranks, you are stupider than I first suspected. I didn’t think that was possible.

  5. Actually, let me re-phrase that.
    If you think that RFK Jr. entering the 2008 race would somehow be beneficial to The Republicans, you are dumber than I first suspected. I did not that think that within the realm of possibility.

  6. Either possibility is more likely than RFK Jr running for President or winning the Democratic nomination. I do think that if he actually enters the presidential race, it will shake up the Democratic field. That’s doesn’t mean that I believe he can win or that Hillary won’t be the Dems’ nominee. Every possible candidate with the flame-throwing rhetoric of someone like RFK Jr helps the Republicans, whether they are a credible threat to Hillary or not.

  7. um- isn’t one’s record for drug busts usually a preclusion to holding a significant office in the United States?

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