Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 59

On the subject of the blatant hypocrisy of celebrities and politicians see among others my posts:

Al Gore’s Enormous Carbon Footprint!

The master hypocrite Al Gore doesn’t want to criticise his Hollywood buddies!

Hycklaren Al Gore VÄGRAR att följa sina egna råd

Al Gores energislösande hem

Al Gores energislösande resande.

Why Does Al Gore Hate The Press?

Why Does Al Gore Hate The Press -2?

Obamas Big Carbon Footprint

Why Obama is losing it – He forgot the wellbeing of the normal people

The blatant hypocrisy from the UN pack and their jet set allies

Sir Paul McCartney and his ‘green’ celebrity friends should put up or shut up

Actors and rock stars must lead by example and not lecture us on environmental issues, says Charlie Brooks .

Published: 6:34PM GMT 03 Dec 2009

Sir Paul McCartney took time out yesterday from appearing at carbon-spewing concerts to drop in on the European Parliament and lecture its members on climate change. I’m not sure I could have felt any more nauseous, unless I’d tried to read Jordan’s autobiography while riding the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Sir Paul, like a lot of other celebrities, has a pet agenda: he wants the world to eat less meat. And he’s figured out, as have many others, that if he presents his chosen cause as a measure to combat global warming, he’s on to a winner.

There are two things I find particularly offensive here. First, that he thinks he knows better than I do how I should live. But more important, that he does so by being economical with the facts. While he highlights the amount of greenhouse gases given off by livestock, he conveniently ignores the fact that undrained paddy fields in Asia are huge emitters of methane: I don’t recall him proposing Rice-Free Tuesday to follow his Meat-Free Monday.

Of course, Sir Paul wasn’t the only eco-celebrity to sound off this week. Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, popped up on Newsnight to talk about the environment, only to receive a classic Paxman roasting. ”Do you feel uncomfortable travelling between various homes in various continents at enormous carbon cost?” sneered Paxo, only to be told smugly that the issue was ”an amusing red herring”.

Sting has, admittedly, done great philanthropic environmental deeds. He can afford to. But if he was on the breadline, he might not appreciate some rock star telling him to pay up for the rainforests. This is what sticks in the throat about ”green” celebrities: the subliminal message that because they do so much good, how they actually behave is neither here nor there. Tom Cruise and John Travolta might take their private jets around the skies, and Al Gore own a vast, floodlit mansion in Nashville, but they’re redeemed, because their emissions are all offset.

I just don’t buy it. If they were true to their beliefs, they would purchase the carbon credits and stop flying around the world. The idea that the consequences of their personal behaviour can be parked to one side while they lecture the rest of us doesn’t wash.

What has become evident in the run-up to Copenhagen is that every time someone comes up with some ludicrous, self-flagellating proposal, yet another chunk of the population becomes disenchanted with the whole issue. There can hardly be a farmer left in Britain who has any truck with fighting climate change after being told last week that 30 per cent of the livestock in this country needed to go.

The failure of the ”experts” to understand the situation was staggering. They clearly did not know that 60 per cent of our farm land is grassland, suitable only for rearing animals. The environmental damage that would ensue should this be ploughed up for cereals and legumes would be catastrophic.

There are plenty more such bizarre suggestions for how to save the world: for example, we should urinate either in the shower or on our compost heaps, to save the water used in flushing the toilet. Meanwhile, genuinely useful ideas go ignored. Putting money into sustainable agriculture could deliver really useful results in the struggle with climate change, yet investment in this area faces a 20 per cent cut by 2011.

As long as the debate focuses on celebrities and fashionable causes, and not on the practicalities, we’ll be distracted from the important issues. Sir Paul and his pals could do the planet a favour by stopping the lectures, concentrating on their own impact on climate changeand maybe taking the train for a change.

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6 svar to “Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 59”

  1. Worldwatcher Says:

    Let’s count all the obfuscations in this piece: It starts with one on flying, and continues with ones on concerts, rice paddies, the supposed only use of grassland, and compost heaps. If you want to see all the flaws in Ms. Albertina’s writing revealed, see today’s presentation in Rome at the U.N. FAO at

    • sophiaalbertina Says:


      Obfuscations = mystifications, bewilderment etc.

      Apparently, the fact that politicians and celebrities pretending to be on the moral high ground and preach one thing for normal people. And do exactly the OPPOSITE themselves seems to be a “mystification” for you.

      Well, for most of the world it’s not.

      “Agronomist Kenneth Cassman of the University of Nebraska warns that cutting production in one region can boost it elsewhere, causing a rise in global emissions. ”Reducing production of livestock products in a developed country like the UK does little to influence global trends in production and consumption where most of the increase in demand between now and 2050 will come from developing countries,” he says.”

      “IFA President Padraig Walshe has accused ex-Beatle Paul McCartney of leading a flawed campaign against meat that is contradictory on climate change.

      Speaking in Brussels, Mr Walshe criticised the ‘Less Meat’ vegetarian campaign promoted by Mr McCartney.

      He said sustainable and environmentally-friendly grass based beef production from Ireland and other EU countries is being replaced on the EU market with beef from Brazil.

      Most of that meat is coming from areas where Amazon rainforest has been chopped down, Mr Walshe said.

      Mr Walshe said that ‘instead of campaigning MEPs to reduce the livestock herd in Europe, Paul McCartney should be lobbying to safeguard grass-based beef production here. This policy will halt the destruction of the rainforest.’”

      It is so great with these comments that are so thoughtful and factual.

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  3. rogerthesurf Says:

    There might be global warming or cooling but the important issue is whether we, as a human race, can do anything about it.

    There are a host of porkies and not very much truth barraging us everyday so its difficult to know what to believe.

    I think I have simplified the issue in an entertaining way on my blog which includes some issues connected with climategate and “embarrassing” evidence.

    In the pipeline is an analysis of the economic effects of the proposed emission reductions. Watch this space or should I say Blog 🙂

    Please feel welcome to visit and leave a comment.



    PS The term ”porky” is listed in the Australian Dictionary of Slang.( So I’m told.)

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