During his 8 years in office, Obama spent about $90 million on long distance family vacations.
That’s a lot of CO2 from someone who claims to care about climate change.
Real leaders set good examples.
Good intentions are worthless.
Only actions count.
Justin Trudeau, another leader who claims to care about climate change, made 23 international trips to 19 different countries since becoming Prime Minister on November 4, 2015. Plus a family vacation with his 1 more than 2 children to the Caribbean.
It’s no wonder that the majority of citizens are reluctant to change their lifestyles.
Leaders and experts that understand how serious the situation is, like climate scientists, must set low-carbon lifestyle examples.
Obviously, if all leaders cancelled their long distance vacations and banned government travel it would not solve climate change, however it would send a strong message because long distance travel is a high carbon activity that many people enjoy but do not need to survive.
And it would set the table for the much stronger medicine that must follow: economic contraction and a one child policy.
We are out of time.
7 thoughts on “Examples Being Set”
Will We Miss Our Last Chance to Save the World From Climate Change? (James Hansen interview)
Hansen does not mention the example Obama set in his personal life but feels he did a very poor job as president…
At least Obama is consistent. His first act as a private citizen was to put a lot more discretionary CO2 in the air. Words are worthless.
The transition of Obama to Trump will not change the CO2 trajectory. The only difference is that Trump does not pretend to give a shit.
“All references to climate change have been deleted from the White House website”
Make that 3 long distance vacations in 2 months.
More on the denial and hypocrisy of environmental activists…
Barack Obama continues to set a good example for reducing CO2 emissions.
More CO2 from Obama. He obviously does not give a shit about climate change. What an asshole.
“Since leaving office in late January, Obama has visited late actor Marlon Brando’s private island; the Four Seasons in Bali — where rooms cost upward of $2,000 per night; a Palm Springs estate; Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island; the exclusive Mid Pacific Country Club in Oahu; the 13th-century Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany; and the Rising Sun, Hollywood studio mogul David Geffen’s private yacht.”