Climate Hypocrites and the Media that Love Them

The not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags

Gwyneth Paltrow: Out of Touch Obama Fangirl

Net worth: $60 Million

Houses: House in London, UK, six bedroom, eight bath home in Los Angeles

Famous for: Actress (Emma, Great Expectations, Iron Man, The Avengers)

Notable Quote: "Cameron, do you turn your thermostat down to 65 degrees and wear a sweater?"

Gwyneth Paltrow teamed up with fellow actress (and fellow star of this MRC report) Cameron Diaz to encourage Americans to switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs and hybrid cars, in order to combat global warming. This team effort was part of a PSA from the Environmental Media Association. To show solidarity, the actresses added that they turn off their lights when they leave their bedrooms, and turn their thermostats “down to 65 degrees and wear a sweater” to conserve energy. But even if these actresses do turn off lights, it doesn’t offset the rest of their lifestyle choices.

The two also collaborated on Act Green, an environmental website that now redirects to the League of Conservation Voters.

Paltrow and ex-husband Chris Martin of Coldplay were criticized for insisting on being driven .06 miles between two celebrity get-togethers in 2012. Other celebrities, including Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Jane Fonda and Amy Smart, had no problem walking between the two events.

Despite stunts like this, Paltrow was 9th most influential climate change celebrity in 2011, according to The Guardian. Time magazine also listed her as one of “The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.”

Paltrow’s London, England house with Martin used 1,020 kWh of heat a year, according to a report by the British news outlet, which used a thermal imaging camera to calculate electricity consumption. For perspective, according to the UK government, the average electricity consumption for a British household in 2013 was 4,170 kWh. The couple also bought a $14 million Malibu estate, before splitting up in 2014.

Paltrow has also been known to fly frequently, and has traveled on Steven Spielberg’s luxury yacht.

Even the media have criticized Paltrow for being out of touch – just not about climate change. In October 2014, Paltrow’s neighbors complained that a fundraiser she held for President Obama at her house had massively inconvenienced them. According to The New York Times, “[t]raffic stood still, children were stranded at school, residents could not leave their own driveways. That’s not the way life is supposed to be lived in Mandeville Canyon.”

One neighbor was quoted as saying that Paltrow’s behavior was “more than poor planning, it’s an abuse of power and, most importantly, unneighborly.”

This was the same fundraiser where Paltrow proclaimed that Obama was “so handsome that I can't speak properly.”

On NBC’s Today on March 24, 2013, Paltrow was criticized for suggesting “fashion essentials” that totalled nearly half a million dollars. NBC agreed with critics of Paltrow that this was “a clear sign she`s out of touch with real women.”