They may be driving hybrid cars and outlawing straws – but for all the anti-pollution celebrities, there seem to be even more environmental hypocrites. At this week's “Google Camp,” a who's who guest list is all converging on Sicily to talk about fighting climate change – completely ignoring the damage they did to the environment just to get there!
When Barack Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Katy Perry hopped on a plane, you can bet it wasn't commercial. According to the Post, the celebrities “were expected to show up in 114 private jets,” spewing, one estimate said, 784,000 kilograms of CO2 in the air. Those who didn't fly, the reports announced, sailed – on their gigantic personal yachts. “Haven't these people heard of tele-conferencing?” PJ Media's Jim Treacher jabbed. “How much carbon do they need to spew into the atmosphere, just to lecture the rest of us peons about leaving the phone charger plugged in?”
And of course, this was just hours after the Democratic candidates ate up minute after minute on the debate stage insisting that in 12 years the earth will be toast. But if liberals actually believed that, do you think any of them would be living the kind of double-standard existence they are? Of course not. Here they are, asking to be put in power so they can pass laws that take away your pick-up truck, raise your utility rates, and ship off our cows, and all the while, they're continuing their jet-setting ways.
If what they're proposing was actually good for America and supportive of true freedom, why haven't they already adopted what they want to impose on everyone else? Because climate change – like a lot of the liberal agenda – is about power. The left can make all kinds of claims about America saving the planet and changing the weather patterns. But do you really think any government is capable of that? Sure, we can have either a positive or negative impact on the environment, air quality, or water quality – and we should keep moving toward those positive environmental advancements. But when it comes to climate change, you could give liberals all the power they are asking for – and maybe more – and we'll still never be able to measure the effects of their policies.
And they want it that way! It means they make all of these promises, and no one will be able to verify if their actions ever actually led to any positive outcome. And if they're challenged, they'll just say they need more authority to restrict the freedoms of others.
If climate change were the existential threat the left scares people into thinking that it is, then the tech gurus of Google could've easily saved the planet lots of carbon by doing their confab online. Be leery of those who want to adopt policies that they themselves are not currently willing to live by. If something is good for America, then the people who are advocating should be practicing it now.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by the Family Research Council.