The World Wildlife Fund is offering a private jet expedition in an attempt to reach a new level of hypocrisy. The journey is made up of a 24-day whirlwind world tour that will take guests to almost every corner of the globe. Take a look at a brief description of the trip:
Join us on a remarkable 25-day journey by private jet. Touch down in some of the most astonishing places on the planet to see the top wildlife, including gorillas, orangutans, rhinos, lemurs and toucans. Explore natural and cultural treasures in remote areas of South America, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa.
To reach these remote corners, travel on a specially outfitted private jet that carries 88 passengers. World-class experts – including WWF’s director of species conservation – will provide a series of lectures en route, and a professional staff will be devoted to making your global adventure seamless and memorable.
Sound great? You can book your spot for a pretty hefty price tag: $64,950! But, of course, this is trip is meant to raise money for the WWF by entertaining some of its wealthier donors.
But, how does this square with the World Wildlife Fund’s mission? Here is where it gets pretty murkey. Steve Milloy, of Fox News, ran some of the numbers using a carbon footprint calculator and this is what he came up with (he claims he uses WWF’s own calculator, which I cannot find, but the calculators on the EPA website confirm these numbers):
Using the carbon footprint calculator on the WWF’s own web site, the 36,800-mile trip in a Boeing 757 jet will burn about 100,000 gallons of jet fuel to produce roughly 1,231 tons of CO2 in 25 days — that’s the equivalent of putting about 1,560 SUVs on the road during those three-plus weeks and that doesn’t even include emissions related to local air, ground and water transport and other amenities.
The WWF laments on its web site that the average American produces 19.6 tons of CO2 annually, which is nearly five times the world average of 3.9 tons per person. But during the WWF’s posh excursion, travelers will produce 14 tons of CO2 per person. That’s 71 percent of the average American carbon footprint and 360 percent of the average global footprint in a mere three-and-one-half weeks. But who’s counting — especially when you’re in “19 rows of spacious leather seats with full ergonomic support” enjoying “gourmet meals, chilled champagne [and] your own chef.”
So, WWF’s suggestion is for their guests to emit, in one month, almost the same amount of CO2 as the average American produces in a year. Do you know who else likes to emit this much CO2 per month? Al Gore. The powerful players in the environmental movement seem to believe that cutting emissions is necessary and that everyone who can’t write a $65,000 check to the WWF needs to do everything they can to save the world.
The brazen “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude that “Big Enviros” display is getting ridiculous. I hope that people will start to realize that environmentalists are only trying to taking advantage of people when they trumpet their alarmism through the media loudspeaker. This hypocrisy will continue until people wise up to their slimy green tactics.