2008 September 24 Wednesday
Environmentalists Fly More

Shallow left-wing materialistic narcissists are unsurprisingly bad for the environment.

According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights abroad. The carbon emissions from such flights can swamp the green savings made at home, the researchers claim.

Stewart Barr, of Exeter University, who led the research, said: "Green living is largely something of a myth. There is this middle class environmentalism where being green is part of the desired image. But another part of the desired image is to fly off skiing twice a year. And the carbon savings they make by not driving their kids to school will be obliterated by the pollution from their flights."

I used to work with a liberal environmentalist who criticized me when I told him I couldn't be bothered most of the time to separate my trash for recycling. He drove an SUV and liked to fly off to Asia for vacations. So I'm not surprised by this report. Christian Lander has ably nailed these people.

Al Gore travels by private jet and pays huge electric and natural gas bills. Do as I say, not as I do.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 September 24 10:15 PM  Cultural Wars Western

Brendan said at September 25, 2008 8:10 PM:

With oil over $100 a barrel, there might come a time in the not too distant future where none of us will be flying. I think upwards of 25 airlines have gone bankrupt this year alone. British Airway's Walsh says no airliner in the world can survive in the long term at 140-150 oil.

Randall Parker said at September 25, 2008 10:47 PM:


$150 oil will certainly drive some airlines into bankruptcy. But it won't drive them all out of business. Some will still fly when ticket prices go up 50% and even when ticket prices go up 100%. Imagine ticket prices double. If people fly half as much that'll still be a large amount of flying.

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