Climate Hypocrites and the Media that Love Them

The not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags


Not every celebrity climate change hypocrite was included in this report. These 12 celebrities are in good company.

At the 2014 UN Climate Summit, the speakers alone (not the attendees or notable guests for the summit) traveled a grand total of 1,036,537 miles from locations as distant as China, India and Peru. That's enough miles to circle the equator 41.6 times.

According to the UN itself, in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, "more than 95 percent of our total carbon footprint resulted from air travel." A 2014 study by the British government even found that “[people who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not.”

Hollywood has many more climate change alarmist hypocrites who weren’t included in this report). Arnold Schwarzenegger, for example, commuted more than 300 miles to work by jet, multiple times a week). Paul McCartney once had his Lexus hybrid car flown from Japan to the UK, which The Huffington Post admitted caused its “transport footprint” to be “over 100 times greater than it should have been.” Not only did Live Earth Concert star Madonna fly all over the world to promote her career, The Daily Mail (UK) reported that she owned “a collection of fuel-guzzling cars, including a Mercedes Maybach, two Range Rovers, Audi A8s and a Mini Cooper S.”

Trudie Styler, the wife of Sting, even admitted in 2008 that the couple were climate change hypocrites. According to The Daily Mail (UK), “[e]nvironmental experts labelled Sting's band, The Police, the dirtiest in the world because of the amount of pollution created during last year's reunion tour of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan.”

The media’s, and particularly the broadcast networks’, lack of coverage of this hypocrisy is inexcusable. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics states that journalists need to “Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.” Yet, in covering for these celebrities, the media broke this rule in order to promote a liberal, climate change alarmist agenda.