Bill Gates, Emma Watson and Oprah Winfrey among ten stars with colossal carbon footprints

From Daily Mail: Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been named by researchers as a greenhouse gas ‘super-emitter’.

Swedish academics analysed the carbon footprints of ten famous people who travel the globe.

Miss Watson, the only Briton on the list, had the tenth worst environmental impact out of the group of celebrities selected, based on their social media accounts. She flew 14 times in 2017 and travelled 42,253 miles, all on scheduled airlines, spending 71 hours in the air, the researchers calculated.

Her carbon footprint from flying alone was 15.1 tons of CO2 – three times that of the global average from all activities.

In her work as a United Nations spokesman, Miss Watson has called for everyone to help the world achieve the UN’s 17 global goals – which include ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and stopping climate change.

Topping the list of celebrity greenhouse gas super-emitters was Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, with a whopping carbon footprint of more than 1,600 tons of CO2. He took 59 flights in 2017, travelling 213,130 miles, mostly on his private Bombardier BD-700 jet, which he describes as his ‘big splurge’ and which seats 19 passengers.

The figures, published in the journal Annals of Tourism Research, are estimates for 2017 based on the celebrities’ pictures and posts on their social media accounts such as Twitter and Instagram, so may not cover all their travel, the academics admit.

Lead author Steffan Gossling, of Lund University said he was inspired by fellow Swede Greta Thunberg.

The teenage climate change activist has resolved not to fly, showing that celebrities do not need to leap on jets so frequently, he said. He added: ‘As Greta Thunberg affirmed early on, ‘the bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty’.’

Miss Watson, one of only three on the celebrity list to stick to scheduled air travel, supports environmental projects to compensate for her jet-setting. A spokesman for the actress said: ‘Emma pays to offset all of her air travel carbon emissions through ClimateCare.org.’

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Dr. Eowyn
Admin
8 months ago

Hypocrites, all. As for Emma Watson’s “carbon offset,” that is pure nonsense.

Mad Celt
Mad Celt
8 months ago

Can we demand their planes carry a measuring unit, that once the threshold is reached a missile is launched to take them out?

William
William
8 months ago
Reply to  Mad Celt

Yeah, but the missile would leave a “carbon footprint” too. That could be “offset” by using the stairs instead of elevators like the climate snowflakes do here. In DC I believe they had some regulation where public vehicles would shut down once they reached their carbon emissions limit. A couple years ago this happened with an ambulance so the patient it was transporting never got to the hospital in time and died as a result. No matter, we all have to do our bit to Save The Planet

Mad Celt
Mad Celt
8 months ago
Reply to  William

But, William, we charge each missile launch to celebrities who won’t be flying any time soon. Like Bill Cosby. We could put the Bidens in lock up and confiscate their credits. Eventually, with the leftists busting rocks everybody can fly free!

William
William
8 months ago
Reply to  Mad Celt

For most leftists busting rocks will be the first job they ever had. They’ll probably need training. They can pay for that too

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
8 months ago
Reply to  William

No need to go THAT drastic. Just monitor their current carbon footprint,and when the plane’s limit is reached the pilot is notified the plane’s engines will shut down in one hour,not to be restarted until the next cycle. Shutting down in 60:00,59:59,59:58……

Maryaha
Maryaha
8 months ago

But…but…but we’re celebrities! It’s okay when we do it. We’re important…you peons just aren’t.

William
William
8 months ago

Climatologists have known for a long time that it makes almost no difference how much CO2 is added to the atmosphere, it will have no effect on average global temperature. The GND people demonize “carbon emissions” because Western Civilization depends on so-called fossil fuel-derived energy, the cheapest, most efficient. and most abundant source. There really is no substitute, “renewables” are a (weed filled) pipe dream, a fantasy. Gates admitted this. The entire point of the GND is to bring down our society. H2O is by far a more potent GHG than CO2. Next they will want to regulate water as… Read more »

Steven Broiles
8 months ago

Bill Gates, the mad vaccinator. I believe Gates should be tried for crimes against humanity.

William
William
8 months ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

Indeed, the Gates Foundation should called the Gates Foundation to Support Genocide. He should be tried as well for producing expensive crappy software, full of glitches and annoyances that MS calls “features”. It’s all spyware intended to monitor and archive your every keystroke. He’ll be tried alright but maybe not in this world

TrailDust
Admin
8 months ago

Amazing.

Carl R Hassell
Carl R Hassell
8 months ago

Hypocrisy abounds..

Dave
Editor
8 months ago

It’s the democrat mantra:

Communism is for thee, not for me.