Climate Change

Sacrificing To Combat Climate Change Should Begin with a Ban of A/C in DC

And why exactly is Leonardo DiCaprio guilting his Hollywood friends into traveling to St. Tropez to hear him denounce fossil fuels?

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If charity begins at home, maybe self-sacrifice to prevent or mitigate climate change should too. In USA Today, Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has a column outlining small, sensible steps that federal politicos and Hollywood big-wigs could take to reduce their Peggy Hill-sized carbon footprints.

Among the obvious: Ban EPA bureaucrats from flying home every weekend to places such as Boston and Indianapolis; ban the use of air conditioning throughout all federal buildings and the greater Washington, D.C. area; disallow members of Congress from visiting their homes on weekends, thus compressing the legislative schedule and focusing them on getting their jobs done in a quicker, more-efficient manner.

And then there's this tidbit about climate-change warrior Leonardo DiCaprio:

Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, recently brought 500 guests from Los Angeles to St. Tropez to hear him give a speech about . . . climate change. (He also flew by private jet between Los Angeles and New York six times in six weeks recently, as revealed in the WikiLeaks hack of Sony emails.)

Well, we don't want to regulate with a heavy hand, but we should put a $5-per-gallon carbon tax on jet fuel burned in private jets, perhaps rising to $10 over a few years, to discourage this sort of thing. And we should also deny corporations the ability to deduct private jet flights as a business expense.

Some of this might seen intrusive and annoying, but it's all in service to a goal that is supposedly the number-one threat facing all Americans and Earthlings, right. And, as President Obama put it, "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."

Read the whole thing here.

Image courtesy of See Li, Flickr/Wikipedia.

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  1. Yeah, DiCaprio, book a meeting room at the local Holiday Inn and take the bus.

        1. Electricity comes from coal you evil bastard!

          1. Not coal when my refugees be pedaling. Once arrived, plug air holes on refugee/engine air intake, and…carbon credits.

            Repeat as itinerary requires. UN has another trainload looking for a drop-off? Step right this way.

      1. The Double Dutch Bus?

    1. Better yet they now have this thing called the internet where he could address his flock without any of them ever going anywhere. they could all be at home in their pj’s

  2. So now we’re counting the carbon footprint of extra milk and apples? I don’t think so.

  3. How did GR manage to not mention Al Gore’s massive footprint?

  4. Please leave Malcolm Young out of the climate change debate.

  5. It’s a lot easier than that.

    Just ban private planes, including air force 1 & 2.

    I’m pretty sure everyone will shut the hell up about it.

  6. Say what you will about Ed Begley Jr. but at least he practices what he preaches.

      1. Sure, if you must go.

    1. “It’s a go-kart, powered by my own sense of self-satisfaction.”

      1. His version of rolling coal. Rolling smug, I guess.

  7. Okay, if Gillespie is going to recycle articles the commenariat mentioned in previous posts about climate change, then I’m going to start recycling my comments. Re: Glenn Reynolds’ climate change ideas –

    His earlier article on a coastal region tax was also a spectacular idea:

    Climate activists say that between 20 million and 31 million Americans live in places that will be at risk of flooding from global warming by the end of the century. Just to be safe, I think we should aim to reduce the number of people living in these areas by 25% within 25 years, 50% within 50 years and, naturally, 100% by the end of the century.

    I’m not sure how big a tax that will require, though I imagine it will be a pretty hefty one. But if there’s anything our elected representatives are good at, it’s making sure that taxes are high enough, so I feel confident that they’ll be able to come up with an answer to this question.

    1. Damn, I could have sworn the time stamp on Gillespie’s article here was earlier than the time stamp on the comment on the GMO thread which liked to Reynold’s article.

      1. Reason controls the timestamps. You don’t think they go back and fiddle with them?

        1. *adjusts Diane’s tinfoil hat for him*

    2. Penaltax: there’s nothing it can’t do.

      1. Incentives only work if they help proggy aims!

    3. But did the comment also have the clever (if initially confusing) little play on AC/DC?

    4. Nick is just trying to make Reason more green by recycling.

  8. Leo’s private jet use is for noble purposes and therefore acceptable. He is a goodfulthinker, so his actions are irrelevant. It is we who must atone.

  9. Is Instapundit this era’s HL Mencken? Discuss.

  10. How is this any different from the criminal code? There are rules for us and rules for them.

  11. Better yet, cut DC off the grid and ban combustion of all fossil fuels within the district, including the President’s own tricked-out 747 Air Force One and his tricked-out helocopter Marine One. Also, ban all vehicular traffic in and out of DC, other than its exemplary public transit system.

    Let our lords show the way to a zero carbon future.

  12. Sacrificing To Combat Climate Change Should Begin with a Ban of A/C in DC
    And why exactly is Leonardo DiCaprio guilting his Hollywood friends into traveling to St. Tropez to hear him denounce fossil fuels?

    First, as we all know, our socialist slavers are immune from such nonsense of equality or practicing what they preach. Hypocrisy is only noted among the little people, not those who enslave us daily.
    Secondly, we must listen carefully to Mr. DiCaprio. His wisdom is for the ages. He has won an Academy Award, and therefore is an expert on the asinine and fraudulent science of climate change. We must all do what he suggests otherwise he may not appear in another movie. We all must also ignore his usage of fossil fuels to St. Tropez.
    How else is a Hollywood superstar get there?
    Wagon train?

  13. I generally keep my thermostat at 75 degrees in the summer, but after reading this, I’ll make it 72,

    -jcr

    1. I suspect I’m doing better than Ed Bagely on this front. I don’t have a summertime thermostat. If my shit goes to 88, then my shit’s at 88. Stick your head out the window (preferably on the north side of the house) if you want to feel cool.

    2. 71 when I’m awake, 69 when I’m sleeping. Suck my carbon, bitches.

    3. Mine’s at 76 all summer. Not because of environmental concerns, but if I tried to keep it at 72 in the South Florida summer heat I’d owe my entire paycheck to FPL and whatever’s left over would go towards a new A/C system after mine burns out after 4 months.

      1. 76 is the sweet spot.

      2. I managed to bump it up to 77 without Mrs. Spartacus noticing. So far. She’s probably gonna kick my ass when she discovers it.

  14. The more I hear actors speak, the more I think that the Romans were right to view them as a lowly profession on par with prostitution.

    1. Prostitutes provide a valuable service.

  15. “Well, we don’t want to regulate with a heavy hand, but we should put a $5-per-gallon carbon tax on jet fuel burned in private jets, perhaps rising to $10 over a few years, to discourage this sort of thing. And we should also deny corporations the ability to deduct private jet flights as a business expense.”

    Leo, if I were to meet you face to face I’d tell say ‘fuck you’ straight to your face.

    Go Swiss family Robinson, go get a real sciency degree and then maybe I’ll take you seriously. Until then, make me a sammich and a movie.

  16. It would be a mistake to encourage people to reduce their usage, because when you do that, you can’t be as effective in spreading the good word — everyone needs to use as much as possible, in order to open as many eyes as possible.

    Only someone who wants the planet to die would disagree.

  17. Mocking them on their carbon footprint legitimizes the idea of having a carbon footprint in the first place. Once the leftist has you arguing on their terms you lose.

  18. Mocking them on their carbon footprint legitimizes the idea of having a carbon footprint in the first place. Once the leftist has you arguing on their terms you lose.

  19. I think we should ban idiots that think you can combat climate change…

  20. DiCaprio is going to turn into a real-life version of the bad guy from Kingsman: The Secret Service in a few years.

  21. Hasn’t this douchebag ever heard of go2meeting?

  22. Yeah, that’s great Nick.

    On the meantime, since you think rising sea level is all we need to worry about with climate change and peod should just move off the coast, Florida is grappling with an additional problem from riding seas…salt water seeping into the Everglades. And since that also impacts the Biscayne Aquifer,where 90% of the people get their fresh water, climate change is a serious problem for all Floridians.

    Maybe we can move the Everglades and Biscayne, right Nick? Let us know when you’re done grappling with DiCaprio’s habits.

    http://www.npr.org/2016/05/25/…..everglades

    1. “Hey, look at *these* goalposts, over here!”

      I wonder if the Army Corps of Idiots diverting fresh water out of the glades via canals has anything to do with saltwater intrusion.

  23. I personally don’t watch his movies. I just want to know what he thinks.

  24. Sacrifice for thee, not for me

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