Saturday, May 21, 2011

I Nominate Google for the "Al Gore Global Warming Hypocrisy Award"

This blog has covered -- on numerous occasions -- the hypocrisy of Al Gore. Mr. Gore preaches the gospel  of apocalyptic global warming ("the new global terror") and advises the rest of us to live spartan lifestyles while he flies around on private jets, has multiple extravagant mansions, and a yacht.

In the posting below, I talk about Google spokespeople openly announcing they are going to try to direct web traffic to sites that believe in human-caused global warming and away from "skeptic" sites. And, Google has led initiatives to 'educate' students in global warming and pro-global warming causes.

Well, well, well.

I opened my Wall Street Journal this morning and what do I see? Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have embraced private jets with a passion. And, these are not small private jets:

Messrs. Page and Brin, the Google co-founders, operate at least four aircraft registered under various companies that aren't connected to Google, FAA and other aviation records show: a Boeing 767, a Boeing 757, plus two Gulfstream G-V's. During the four-year period, the jets' most frequent destinations outside of their northern California base were Los Angeles, New York and Washington.
For last year's eclipse-viewing journey, the 767 and a Gulfstream V each made two round-trips from the U.S. mainland to Tahiti. Those flights used an estimated 52,000 gallons of aviation fuel and in total cost upwards of $430,000, according to calculations by Conklin & de Decker Aviation Information...
A Google spokeswoman confirmed that the Tahiti journey was for the eclipse,...

I'm certainly not against private jets. I wish I could afford one. But a private 767 jumbo jet? A 757? Two Gulfstreams? Flying across the world not for business but to see an eclipse? And, they have the chutzpah to lecture us about carbon emissions!

The shareholder lawsuit idea (see posting below) seems like a better idea all the time.

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