Today’s Climate Hypocrite: Richard Branson

The Internet is an evil thing: it allows us to look up things like this from December 31, 2009

…But at least one business leader, the British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson, says he has heard the alarm from scientists and environmentalists about climate change, and believes that the world must not waste time shifting away from oil and other fossil fuels.

“There are some of us who believe that the problem of warming is as bad as the First and Second World Wars combined,” Branson told TIME in a recent interview at the climate summit in Copenhagen. “It’s that serious, and you know the key is carbon, [but] there’s no war room coordinating the attack on carbon.”

So, Branson has taken it upon himself — unsurprisingly — to lead the charge against carbon. In 2010, he will officially launch the Carbon War Room, a corporate think tank of sorts, designed to incubate and spread the best ways to cut carbon in corporate sectors ranging from aviation to shipping to construction…..

Then there is this from today

I know I shouldn’t, but I still like to party on Friday nights. I live half the year on Necker, a tiny island in the Caribbean and it’s always full of people in party mode. Everyone comes up to the big house and we’ll be dancing until the early hours to the island’s band, the Front Line. By day the band members lug bags at the airport and at night they play great reggae. I’m not the best dancer so will probably make a fool out of myself by getting up onto a table, and if my children Holly, 30, and Sam, 26, are around there will inevitably be tequila shots.

That sure seems like quite a bit of CO2 that you’re putting out, Richard: how do all those people get to and from the island?

My favourite things…..Travelling to new and exciting countries

And how, exactly, are you getting there? Oh, you buy carbon offsets, do you? So, you aren’t actually living the climate change believer lifestyle, you’re just “bribing” your way out of it. OK.

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3 Responses to “Today’s Climate Hypocrite: Richard Branson”

  1. Black Flag says:

    And isn’t Branson tied into the Virgin Galactic spacecraft – the rockets of which, of course, burn used dinner scraps for fuel…

  2. I heard they are going to switch to cats, which are really, really bad for global warming

  3. captainfish says:

    I thought he was switching to burning used cooking oil in his planes, or some such? What happened to that grand scheme?

    But wait, aren’t planes bad in of themselves?

    Dang, I’m confused.

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