Last week Google threw a 3 day eco-camp at the beautiful coastal resort of Verdura off the Sicilian Coast for an exclusive group of celebrities to discuss climate change.
All the 300 rarified “campers” had to do was manage to get there, Google picked up the check for entertainment, room, and board — about $20 million dollars.
Not exactly like the camps I remember as a kid.
Turns out most of the campers arrived on private jets or mega-yachts. Then they were shuttled around the island in Maserati SUVs. All so they could whine about climate change as they assuaged their worries with wanton revelry.
I can hear the opening conversation now.
Google: President Obama, how was your trip?
Obama: Well, you know those Gulfstreams are so comfy.
Google: Oh, was it the 14 seat model? Who all came with you?
Obama: Just little old me.
Google: Who joined you on your private jet, Mr. DiCaprio?
DiCaprio: No one
But no, I’m pretty sure there would have been no self-incriminating conversations by Mr. Obama, Mr. DiCaprio, or any of the other A-listers who flew in on one of the 114 fuel-guzzling private jets that made the visit.
Do you ever wonder if when the eco-elites look in the mirror they don’t wince just a little -- and I’m not talking about the sudden appearance of fine lines? They do, after all, claim to be more woke, more concerned, more committed than the rest of us. They certainly think of themselves as less selfish and less mercenary than the common masses. Ironic given the size of their homes, speed of their cars, length of their yachts, and massive tonnage of their carbon emissions. Talk about giving hypocrisy a bad name.
It wasn’t just the 114 personal jets either. Many of the “eco-campers” arrived on an armada of mega-yachts ranging between 150 and 300 feet in length. I’m guessing each gets around 1 to 2 nautical miles per gallon of diesel fuel. Of course, that doesn’t include the fuel used by the helicopters and 30 foot tenders that haul each yacht-ee from boat to dock and back again.
Rather than get together to complain about the emissions you and I put out driving to work, they could have made a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gasses just by staying home. Instead, these phony tree huggers gave the environment one hell of a beating.
Given that a Gulfstream G500 — the preferred jet of the rich and famous — spews about 4.3 metric tons of carbon per hour; and a much slower mega-yacht about .75 metric ton per hour; I figure Google’s eco-party resulted in roughly 6,271 metric tons of CO2 emissions. That’s more than 6 million kilograms of carbon emission -- an average of almost 21,000 per guest — more than the average American puts out in an entire year! And that’s just over a three day period. For a conference on climate change!
Clearly, the Google campers have no real interest in making a positive impact for the environment. Just consider the guests; people like Katy Perry, Mark Zuckerberg, Orlando Bloom, Prince Harry, Diane Von Furstenberg, and a similar assortment of proud leftist A-listers. Celebrity status isn’t the only thing they have in common; all these eco-snobs love the likes of Pocahontas, Bernie, and AOC; and they hate Donald Trump.
No, it’s all nonsense. Their eco-condescension and blatant hypocrisy betray their real motives. Like the leftist Democrats in Washington DC; what they really want is to replace free markets with socialism and put the rest of us under the thumb of a new government order in the image of the Green New Deal.