Ignore the jet pilots behind the curtain

Stars rock to help solve climate crisis

In a 24-hour music marathon spanning seven continents, everyone from aboriginal elders to famous scientists to country singers called on the world to turn interest in the Live Earth events into environmental activism.

–Put all of this energy in your heart and help us solve the climate crisis,” said former Vice President Al Gore, appearing onstage at the end of the final concert, staged at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

“All this energy” apparently doesn’t mean this energy:

A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that far from saving the planet, the extravaganza will generate a huge fuel bill, acres of garbage, thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, and a mileage total equal to the movement of an army.

The most conservative assessment of the flights being taken by its superstars is that they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts – nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher.

The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists’ and spectators’ travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions, according to John Buckley of Carbonfootprint.com, who specialises in such calculations.

Throw in the television audience and it comes to a staggering 74,500 tonnes. In comparison, the average Briton produces ten tonnes in a year.

The concert will also generate some 1,025 tonnes of waste at the concert stadiums – much of which will go directly into landfill sites.

Moreover, the pop stars headlining the concerts are the absolute antithesis of the message they promote – with Madonna leading the pack of the worst individual rock star polluters in the world.

Not that energy. Via Wizbang.

Glenn Reynolds writes: I’ll start acting as if it’s a crisis when the people who are telling me it’s a crisis start acting as if it’s a crisis.

What losers.

UPDATE: My response to the claims that the Live Earth concert campaign was carbon neutral.


  1. How much longer do you suppose this so called ‘war’ in Iraq would continue if we had a plan in place, one that we actually seemed serious about implementing, that reduced our reliance on petroleum by 30%? I believe our soldiers would be dying of boredom by the end of the year.

  2. Dfens, Although a little dated (2004) the following chart is very interesting: http://eurota.blogspot.com/2005/08/big-oil-saudis-must-be-scarier-than.html Currently, about 38% of our imported oil comes from 3 countries in our own hemosphere: Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela, in that order. SA, Iraq, Kuwait, etc, only account for 22%, with Niger exporting about 8.5% of our total imports. the remaining balance on imported oil comes from a variety of nations around the world. Less than 5% of our imported oil comes from Iraq, The Europeans and Chines are far larger importers of Iraqi oil than we are. We aren’t there for oil, anyway. Iraq is only one part of the war on terror, one theatre in the conflict. I personally see it as in our national interest to remain there until such time as Iraq is a fully-functioning proto-democracy, capable of securing it’s own people without our physical presence. It’s somewhere we need to be right now. As to plans… we could do things a lot faster if the media and Cogress would allow us to actually, you know, FIGHT a war, rather than look on this as both a means of trolling for votes and a modified police action. Respects,

  3. Heh, According to this article: http://www.smh.com.au/news/music/fifty-bucks-for-a-beer-it-was-livid-earth-in-sydney/2007/07/08/1183833341702.html There were folks in Sydney headed for the gates within two hours of the start of the venue. Hour-long lines for beer, etc. The money lines were: ————————– It was ‘unAustralian’, one spectator protested. ‘This is what happens when you let hippies organise a big event,’ another said. One woman, asked by Missy Higgins ‘how you all are back there’, earned a wry round of applause from the stands when she shouted: ‘Sober.’ ————————- It wasn’t much better in other venues, despite the hype. Can you imagine these folks trying to run our government? Oh wait…. they are already in charge of Congres…. sigh … Respects,

  4. You are, of course, right about where we get our oil, but it is a world market. If we pay $73/barrel, guess what they’re paying in Europe? If you guessed $73/barrel, you’d be right. The advantage to us cutting our consumption is that it lowers prices generally putting a big kink in the main source of funding for the war that’s being waged on our troops overseas and funding for terrorists here at home too. It puts a big kink in the funding of that Iranian nuclear bomb project, which should be a big concern to all of us. Heck, we’ve got a huge mosque being built downtown in the city where I live, all funded with Saudi oil money. What do you bet it will be domestic terrorism central? The bottom line is, we’re asking our troops too do something but we’re not willing to lift a finger or be inconvenienced in any way. That’s not right. You know I’m as pissed as anyone about the kind of war we’ve waged in Iraq, but as with every thing I do, I don’t believe in making the attempt if I’m not in it to win. That’s the American way. We can win the war on terror. If they won’t let the troops win it overseas, then let’s give them the support we can give. If that means driving past more gas pumps than we used to and ruining the profitability of a few oil companies, oh well.

  5. Until we start dilling for oil in all possible places in the US and building nuclear power plants in a crash program, I won’t believe that the nation is serious about reducing oil imports.

  6. Drilling for oil in the US? I’d just as soon we leave our oil alone, thank you, so we’ll have something left when/if the other oil is all used up.

  7. Just like the Stalinists they emulate, they believe you have to ‘break some eggs to make an omelette.’ In this case, instead of killing millions, they are polluting millions. I’m with Glenn — I’ll take this seriously when the pious twits of Hollywood take it seriously and live the way they dictate we should live. I also suspect that if we didn’t have a president and a war driving the Left mad, there’d be no mention of Global Warming. They feel so impotent, this is the result.

  8. I personally would not like to wait for the liberals to take point on this issue. Damn, look at all the damage they’ve done already. We’d have nuke plants all over the place if it wasn’t for them. I’m saying conservatives should step up and take the lead.

  9. That ten year lag time has been used by Democrats for decades to argue against drilling for oil. Get over it. Ten years go by fast. The Democrats also argue that oil drilled here might get exported to other countries, like North Shore oil going to Japan. Dummies. The oil market is global. ‘Saving’ oil is a dumb idea. The world has huge amounts of fossil fuel. Everytime the price of oil rises, the oil supply goes up, by definition. The supply of coal is vast, as is heavy oil deposits in sand. If oil really gets scarce and expensive, we will just switch to other forms of fuel, including nuclear. And, the increased price will lead, like magic, to conservation.

  10. Hmmmm. @ dfens 1. Nonsense. If consumption dropped significantly enough to affect world oil prices then the oil producers would restrict the amount pumped in order to prop up the prices. Like the last dozen times this has happened. 2. Equating Iraq with oil is complete nonsense as well. There’s no question that Saddam wearched for any means of avoiding both being deposed and continuing to suffer under the sanctions. There’s also no question that if the USA approached Saddam and offered to remove said sanctions for a free allotment of 1 million barrels of oil per day, Saddam would have jumped at the offer.

  11. I’m no economist, but I’m not too bad at math. By my math, if you reduce the quantity of oil you produce to get the price back up, you still lose big. Are you saying the people we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are not funded by oil? That’s bs and you know it. How much pressure do you think the Saudis would put on that region to stop the violence if we implemented a serious energy policy in this country? I’ll bet it would make what we’re doing in Iraq look like patty cake.