Why is Ali G so much better than Borat? Because it’s much better to laugh at a comic when he is making fun of self-important celebrities than when he mocks ordinary people just trying to be nice to someone who is mocking them.
I have a lot of sympathy for people who are trying to lead simpler lives. Not so much for vapid celebrities who are hectoring everyone else on the planet.
K-Lo just post a link to this interview with the insufferable eco-celebrity Laurie David. Here is my favorite excerpt:
“What changes have you made in your own life? I don’t believe everyone has to do everything. I don’t do everything. It’s about everyone doing something. I have changed as many lightbulbs as I could to (higher efficiency) bulbs. I started a new idling rule at the school carpool lane (cars dropping and picking up kids can’t idle their engines more than 30 seconds). I bring a garment bag to the dry cleaners (instead of having the dry cleaners wrap her clothes in petroleum-based plastic). I drive a hybrid.”
I decided to build a little carbon balance sheet for Ms. David.
Her are things she says she’s done to reduce emissions reductions:
So all-in, her stated lifestyle changes have reduced her carbon footprint by about 10 tons / year.
A lot is often made of the fact that she “sometimes” flies in private jets. According to TerraPass, a Gulfstream G4 generates 8,785 Lbs of carbon per flight hour. Let’s assume Laurie David took one roundtrip flight last year between LA and NY. Assume 10 hours of flying time = 87,850 Lbs = 44 tons.
So, so far she’s in the hole by about 34 tons if you assume one r/t private flight.
But hey, she’s started to cut way down on toilet paper.