I reported today on John Kerry’s rant in Indonesia promoting the climate change scam. What I forgot to consider was Kerry’s “carbon footprint” in traveling there. Kudos to John Geraghty in the National Review for pointing it out:
This is part of a six-day Kerry trip through Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China; Jakarta; Indonesia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then back to Washington.
In case you’re wondering, flying first class from Washington to Seoul to Beijing to Jakarta to Abu Dhabi and then back to Washington runs up roughly 12.16 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to CarbonFootprint.com, which uses data from the EPA and Department of Energy.
The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide in a year.
So in one week, just from flying from meeting to meeting, Kerry generated about two-thirds the carbon output of the average American in one year.
Clearly, he should cut down on the air travel and set an example for the rest of us. After all, we shouldn’t “allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits.”
I am thankful to have the point raised, but it is not enough to scoff at the hypocrisy, because there is no hypocrisy!
Kerry would only be guilty of hypocrisy if he claimed that everyone needed to lower their carbon footprint. That was never his agenda. He want us in flyover country, who leave a miniscule carbon footprint compared to him, to have ours cut in half or more. He wants us to pay more for energy and food or simply do without it while he continues to jet set around either as a politician or, when he transfers over to some “important” corporation, as a member of the pseudo-private-sector ruling class. All we have to do is look at Al Gore’s lifestyle or Barack Obama’s vacations and see that this is exactly their plan. None of these people has any concern about climate change except to the extent that it makes the rest of us poorer. They intend to live the same way they are living now.
Climate change is a method for transforming the United States so that it more closely resembles North Korea.