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  • Environmental Hypocrisy

    Hypocrisy is nothing new to celebrities and politicians that make the push to go green. First, it was John Travolta, preaching about the catastrophic consequences global warming with five (yes, five) private jets that he likes to fly for ‘business purposes’. Next, it was Harry Reid getting out of his Chevrolet Suburban to attend a news conference on energy efficiency across the street. Now, it’s Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s time in the spotlight to showcase his green hypocrisy.

    Brin and co-founder Larry Page have turned Google’s headquarters into a green machine. As Devon Pendleton of Forbes.com notes:

    The 500,000-square-foot facility is heated by 9,212 solar panels; all the furniture in one building is made from recycled material, including old blue jeans as wall insulation. Employees can dine (for free) at Cafe 150, which uses ingredients only from farms within 150 miles of the kitchen.”

    Going the extra mile, they both drive hybrid Toyota Priuses and Brin “reportedly has a solar-paneled rucksack to power his phone and MP3 player.” Talk about doing your part to save the planet. But before we line up Brin as the next Nobel Peace Prize winner, let’s take a look at his latest endeavor.

    Just recently, Brin signed up to be a space tourist; he has recently put a $5 million down payment to take a joyride through space with Space Adventures Ltd. Is space tourism entrepreneurial? Sure. But is it green? Senior Policy Analyst David Kreutzer, Ph.D. crunched the numbers:

    • The Soyuz rocket on which Sergey will ride uses 278 tonnes (metric tons) of kerosene-based fuel.
    • A metric ton of gasoline (close in weight to kerosene) is equivalent to 8.53 barrels.
    • There are 42 gallons to a barrel. So Sergey’s joy ride will use 278×8.5×42= 99,246 gallons of fossil fuel.
    • Three people fly on each Soyuz trip; So Sergey’s share of the fuel for his joy ride is just over 33,000 gallons.
    • The average car is driven 12,000 miles per year.
    • A Prius averages an EPA 46 mpg and an all-wheel-drive Cadillac Escalade averages an EPA 14 mpg; That’s 260 gallons per year for the Prius and 857 gallons per year for an Escalade—a difference of 597 per year.

    So, the 33,000 gallons burned by Sergey on his indulgence would be enough for him to trade in his Prius and drive an Escalade for over 55 years. Even this outrageous number does not include the considerable fuel used in the “weightless” training flights or for the air travel to and from the launch site.

    There is certainly nothing wrong with energy efficiency and environmental conservatism; however, when celebrities lecture about “doing your part” and take joyrides in jets and spaceships, it is straight hypocrisy. To make matters worse, politicians implement mandates that do little environmental good with much economic harm. It’s time to expose this hypocrisy before we start paying for it, much more than we already are.

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    10 Responses to Environmental Hypocrisy

    1. edsbowlingshoe, Virg says:

      If an incredibly wealthy man decides to hop a rocket to space, the Heritage Foundation has no problem with it, it seems. If an incredibly wealthy man who has made a sincere effort to promote environmental awareness and action both in his own life and in his company decides to hop a rocket to space, all of sudden he's a hypocrite? What a joke.

      Environmentalism does not have to be mutually exclusive from the follies of the rich. It's better to live an environmentally sound lifestyle most of the time than to ignore it all of the time – and your posting ridiculous articles like this one only serves to reduce the credibility of the author and the Heritage Foundation.

    2. Ian, Boston says:

      The real joke is that someone so blinded by green theology can't see the absolute hypocrisy of a person spending a lifetime's worth of fuel on a few days space jaunt – while at the same time urging the "common" man to live frugally.

      I love all these companies "going green" – what a crock – but I am even more amused by all these green dunderheads falling for it.

    3. Ben, Camariilo, CA says:

      Virginia, I have to respectfully disagree. What's the point of "living an environmentally sound lifestyle most of the time" and then turning around and blowing your years of efforts of being environmentally conscious on one trip to space?

      I also think you're missing the bigger picutre here. Many don't think that the efforts made by people like Mr. Brin would have an effect on the earths temperature.

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    5. Simon Scowl, Deceive says:

      As a wise man once said: I'll believe the planet is in peril when the people telling me so start acting like it.

    6. Tony Webb says:

      I applaud Sergey desire to help promote space tourism. I the Founder of http://www.eSpaceTickets.com and have worked in the space tourism industry for the past 8 years.

      I will affirm there are many private aerospace companies like XCOR Aerospace that are building rocket engines that are non-toxic and will help the development for cleaner burning rocket engines.

      I also wish to bring out that the space tourism industry will have a direct impact in the field of physics that can very possibly lead to the develope new energy sources. More importantly the space tourism industry can help fund such work.

      If Sergey uses this great opportunity then the above will come true and very truly all of Planet Earth will be one step closer to living in a better world.

    7. Francis Bergeron, San Jose says:

      You ought to understand the realities of the current environmental movement. The old vanguard of “environmentalists” are so entrenched with the old school of thinking and tied into gross mainstream commercialism that these entrenched groups themselves do not even comprehend their own frailties and commercialism.
      Witness how the Sierra Club “partners” with one of the major polluters in the world in order to gain maximum financial advantage. Abandonment of their past ideals. Dare not even mention the former “political” “environmentalists” who are so self absorbed in commercialism. There is little hope for real environmental change when the supposed “environmentalists” are tied in with the very powerful interests doing the polluting. There is no independence of thought. These issues are discussed online in detail at One Biosphere at http://www.onebiosphere.com
      Those whose environmentally deleterious actions are being judged are the judges themselves.
      Sad. A new paradigm is necessary.

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    9. James Morgan says:

      Al Gore still beats them all, don’t forget his $10,000,000 Pulitzer Peace prize for blowing the whistle on climate change (aka: global warming). When you have as much spendable income as these individuals have there is no way you can keep from burning lots of fossil fuels. http://www.onlinemoneythruaffiliates.com/

    10. Firebird says:

      Yes your right James Gore is the #1 enviromentalists hypotcrit while he is urging us to live with less and not drive a SUV and live more simple he lives in his mansions with a monthly $30:000 electic bill he jets all over the world giving his mindless blabber he wants the internal combustion engine eliminated(ecept for himself of course)and he writes books with rediclous titles(ASSUALT ON REASON) and receives undeserved awards for his junk science film A INCOVENT TRUTH he needs to be barred from america for life

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