May 13, 2008
Baby you can fly my car
Sir Paul McCartney is said to be "horrified" that his new eco-friendly car was flown 7,000 miles from Japan.
The Lexus LS600H, which costs £ 84,000, was a gift from Lexus to the 65-year-old former Beatle, who helped promote the hybrid vehicle. But instead of arriving by boat as expected, the car was flown to Britain on a Korean Air flight, creating a carbon footprint almost 100 times bigger than if it had come by sea....
Carbon offsetting firm CO2balance.com said the plane journey would have caused a carbon footprint of 38,050kg, compared to 397kg for a three-week boat journey.... Co2balance.com Director Mike Rigby said: "That is the equivalent of driving the car around the world six times."
Posted by James Hamilton at May 13, 2008 08:55 PMdigg this | reddit
What a contradicting act :p
Posted by: lionel at May 14, 2008 12:11 AM
Best part of the article...
Headline: "Sir Paul McCartney is said to be horrified..."
Text of article: "A source is reported to have said ... 'He’ll be horrified after learning it was delivered by plane.'"
Headline: ... is ...
Text: ... will be ...
We live in a wonderous country that attributes speculated feelings to a celebrity as though the opinions have already been offered. Genius.
Posted by: -Dave at May 14, 2008 07:42 AM
Mick Jagger should get a free Hummer!
Posted by: DWhite at May 14, 2008 08:07 AM
Is the carbon foot print different if the plane is only half full?
Posted by: DickF at May 14, 2008 02:43 PM
a 747 freighter, japan to uk, uses roughly 150,000 litres of fuel which equals 360tonnes of co2.
the 747 carries 120 tonnes of freight, so you can only attribute 2% of the 'carbon' footprint to a 2.5 tonne car, or 7,500kg not 38,000kg.
still a bit of a waste but almost an order of magnitude different from our 'carbon offset' friends. what a suprise.
Posted by: marco at May 15, 2008 04:05 AM
Mike Rigby? Rigby? Are you kidding me? Did Sgt. Pepper fly the plane? Sounds like a big PR scam to me. Are they keeping in the news to work a re-release of their hits with former owner of the Neverland property?
Posted by: Anonymous at May 15, 2008 04:39 AM
Sobs for Paul, but...
That car costs $155,000, has a 5-liter V-8 engine and goes 155 mph burning gas.
I'm not sure how much credit it really deserves for its "eco friendliness". ;-)
It probably felt entitled to fly first-class.
Posted by: Jim Glass at May 16, 2008 08:11 AM
Yeah. Environmental aesthetics can be such a tough contract.
The [North American cut only] Yesterday and Today album contains a bunch of great songs from that period of the Beatles. Among others: Day Tripper. If Sir McCartney had only known what lay ahead in reference to his now handsomely rich 2nd wife....
Unlucky in love, bad at enviro 'feel good' politics? [i dunno... ]
Posted by: E. Poole at May 18, 2008 02:53 PM