December 1st, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Why do celebrities who travel via private jet tell us to save the environment?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The hypocrisy of some celebrities knows no bounds.

The London Times has a piece called "Taking the private jet to Copenhagen" - a reference to the upcoming international climate summit. This report highlights actors, musicians, politicians and other so-called "green" celebrities who have fleets of jets, multiple homes, and on and on - leaving carbon footprints as they travel through life that would put a dinosaur to shame.
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For example:

  • John Travolta has 5 private jets (including a Boeing 707). He once flew to London on one of them to encourage the British to fight global warming.
  • Harrison Ford used to own a Gulfstream jet, but now makes due with a smaller Cessna Citation Sovereign eight seat jet, four propeller planes and a helicopter.
  • Oprah Winfrey, who preaches about being environmentally friendly on her TV show, traveled in a 13-seat Gulfstream jet for years until she replaced it with a faster Bombardier Global Express.
  • Tom Cruise has five planes, including a customized Gulfstream jet.
  • As for the king of global warming preachers, Al Gore: It's been estimated his Tennessee mansion uses 20 times the electricity of an average U.S. home. And he spends $500 a month just to heat his indoor swimming pool.
  • Meanwhile recent owners of gas guzzling SUVs include Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbra Streisand and Cameron Diaz.

All of the above mentioned celebrities are active to a greater or lesser degree in urging the rest of us to fight global warming.

Here’s my question to you: Why do celebrities who travel around in private jets want to tell the rest of us how to save the environment?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Matt writes:
When you get to be a celebrity, isn't it your right to tell all the people not as rich and powerful as you are how they should live their lives? When celebrities start using public transportation and start living in smaller more energy-efficient homes, maybe the public will take them more seriously. I don't see any celebrities giving up their Bentleys or Mercedes for a ride on the bus anytime soon though.

Richard writes:
These celebrity movie stars work three or four months a year. The rest of the time they have nothing better to do than to tell us all how to live our lives, whether it’s about carbon footprints, or voting for president. I think they would all be surprised to know that most folks don't give a hoot what they think at all.

John writes:
Jack, Maybe the messengers are flawed beings subject to common human foibles, but the message remains true and is of great importance.

David from Kansas City writes:
Jack, The term is "Limousine Liberal" which describes an individual who pushes his liberal ideology on the rest of us because he/she knows what’s best but is too important to take their own advice. They do it because they are self-serving, sanctimonious hypocrites. Should we really be surprised? These are the same people who put on award shows every other day to pat themselves on the back and put themselves in the spotlight.

Janelle writes:
Jack, These people really do care about the environment and global warming. They just feel they're more important than the average Joe and therefore are entitled to leave a larger carbon footprint.

Dave writes:
As a general rule, celebrities are to be ignored on all issues.

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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Paul from Phoenix


    Because they are hypocrits who's friends in the media never call them on their crap.

    Paul from Phoenix

    December 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  2. Greg, Ontario

    No...they want you to talk about them and make them look they they are contributing to society.

    December 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  3. The Broker.

    Made my comment earlier. What has Barack Obama done for his flying around in a Jumbo? He has flown at least the equivalent of a thousand miles a day in the past six weeks...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Jack, you are beginning to sound more and more like Faux News. Celebrities who use private planes do so because they are hounded by the media, making it a nightmare to fly commercially on their own or with their families.

    Funny, how this article puts down celebrities, for flying private jets, but does not mention how many of them, live....... green....... with this one exception!

    What about all the big SUV's and trucks out there? All the people who refuse to recycle? When its all said and done, I am willing to bet that most of us, even 'celebrities' do all we can to help the environment.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  5. dg

    lying liberals at it again,lie, and be hypocritical

    December 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  6. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Must be the do as I say not as I do axiom.

    But we shouldn't need anyone to tell us to save the environment, it should be our love for nature and one another that moves us to become responsible in preserving our Earth.

    Besides, why do we even look to celebrities for a higher level of consciousness on anything, more money does not equate to more knowledge or compassion. In fact, usually quite the opposite.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  7. Tom in Atlanta

    You're right Jack! They should all use those flintstone planes to fly around on, you know, the one with the dinosaurs?

    All celebrities should either shut their mouth up about the environment or live in tiny mud huts in the rain forest and immediately retire from civilization, thus reducing their carbon foot print to zero.

    As should journalists who express concern about the environment. Do you drive a Prius Jack?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  8. Scott Stodden

    Because Jack they want to look good in the public eye and they think what the public doesn't know about them won't hurt us! Its a shame that these people who actively preach about saving the enviroment are using double standards and doin the exact opposite of what they preach and thats not only my opinion..

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    December 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  9. Roland-St George,UT

    You're not suggesting they practice what they preach, are you? In America, that is only applicable to issues of morality as they pertain to intolerance. Only when Climate Change becomes a "moral issue" will people start mercilessly crucifying each other on stupid ideological grounds for not doing what the other says or thinks they should be doing. Meanwhile, if it's making money, and bringing warm fuzzies and feel-good feelings to those who idolize the limelighters (and separate their garbage tediously into 3 pails so that they can feel good about themselves), then everyone is still happy. Why rock the boat?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  10. Linda D'Amato

    Celebrities are no different from other wealthy, egotistical politicians, individuals and corporations who like to lecture to the masses.

    Loved your NYT Best Seller list comment. My advice; pick up John Irving's new book, ignore the idiots and enjoy.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  11. ?everything

    It is more of the same....do as I say..not as I do....Just like congress...we, the taxpayer are encouraged to budget, save and live within our means...but does congress or ANY of the elite practice what they preach to the lowly masses..???..not that I can tell......

    December 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Outside of delivering a believably good performance in a movie, where one can get lost for a couple of hours every now and then, what a celebrity does or says holds no interest for me.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  13. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    It’s a dirty job, Jack. But somebody has to do it.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  14. rm

    They are hypocrits of the worst kind... Especially Al Gore and his liberal friends.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  15. Corey

    Tax Write-offs?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  16. Joshua from AZ

    They toot their horns on the environment because it makes them look good to the public.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  17. Kevin M, Rolla Mo

    Jack, no mention of carbon offsets? While I do agree that these people could cut down on their emissions, most if not all of them put plenty of money into carbon offsets.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  18. Johnathan Alvarez

    You forgot to mention Oprah giving away all those "Non-Hybrid" cars years ago, What does she have to say to that? So much for going green...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  19. BC

    Everyone knows that if someone hypocritically supports a position, that makes the position totally invalid! If Bono drives a Range Rover, then global warming is a myth! It's obvious!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  20. Mike

    It makes them feel good !

    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  21. ebonitia

    You teach what you need to learn best.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  22. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Oh come on Jack. Your being way to hard on those poor celebrities. They only want all of the rest of us to do the right things for the enviornment so that they and their children do not have to.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  23. Some Dude

    Why would anyonelisten to airhead Celebrities. Hell Bush's ranch in texas uses less energy than Gore's. Carbon tax is a new tax by any other name not an incentive. Look closely at some of the other so called incentives that caused more damage than helped.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  24. John Wheeler

    Jack, celebrities live in their own little world where they think their actions have no consequences.

    Furthermore they are all elitists, and believe that by donating some money here and there, they get some sort of 'pass' on the insanely huge footprints they leave behind.

    To be honest Jack, the behavior that these celebrities exhibit just turns me away from being Green. Being green is all about making people money anyway. People like Al Gore who has million upon millions of dollars invested in Green Industries. Being the activist that he is, well, that's the same as advertising.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  25. Jennifer - Charlotte, NC

    Plain and simple... Green is good... and if you look "good", you sell movie tickets.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  26. Gregg

    Because THEY know global warming is a HOAX!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  27. mikie

    Thank you for publicly exposing the green hypocrisy! I have wondered this myself and wondered why no one said anything.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  28. Blake Noll

    Is this a real question... Celebrities are self righteous, and the American public is stupid enough to believe everything they are told.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  29. brenda lopez

    Sure, celebrities travel in style, but what you failed to mention or recognize is that they pay money for carbon offsets, which are lent to environmental agencies for purpose of research on how to combat global warming.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  30. Buttafooco

    This is just brilliant! Nothing more needs to be said.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  31. Xander M

    Truely one of those questions that when you ask a celeb they really can't answer with out looking really dumb. I think most celebs that say "save the enviroment" could care less...Just think, their whole lives are really about money. And they probably got paid to be a spokes person for some organization. I mean really, if you hear some scientist is going to adress our enviroment on tv or you hear Brad Pitt is going to adress it who would you more likly watch? Like have you ever seen those commercials for St. Jude Children's Hospital? They need donations and need to make people aware of what they do and how the children need your help. But who is the spojes person? Jennifer Aniston And Robbin Williams! I mean come on, all they have to do is read a script for a TV show and get the check then get in their limmo and leave. I seriouly doubt that a lot of celebs really mean it.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  32. BC

    Or wait, are you saying that hypocrites shouldn't weigh in on issues they aren't perfectly in line with? That'd shut a whole lot of churches down... is that your liberal media bias peeping through, Jack?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  33. Will A., Las Cruces, NM

    Did the story mention how much energy is used in reporting on them and keeping them in the limelight? How about the energy used in keeping their egos inflated or the hot air that spews out any time they open their mouths? Maybe a few more people should be left off the President's dinner guest list before he goes off to Copenhagen.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  34. Stan Lee

    In all farness, celebrities are the masters of hot air. Who better to preach global warming to rest of us?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  35. arick

    Clearly, Oprah can not travel (with her entourage) on any regular consumer flight. We hear about the big jets and gas guzzling suv's but what about the other stuff celebrities may or may not be doing? I'm sure they do a lot more on a larger scale than we think (or hear about) Just because you support green peace doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying life. Let them be hypocrites, its human nature.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  36. Joe

    Well celebrities do it for the same reason that politicians preach morels and values, it makes them look good and gets them free publicity. Maybe one of these days one of these celebrities will write a book and make it to the NYT best sellers list.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  37. Burton from Philly

    Celebs serve a great purpose: people listen to them. The environmental payoff that can result from changes among the masses who listen to celebrities is worth the cost of hypocracy. In this case, the end justifies the means.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  38. Mike

    Jack, you're being ridiculous. If a guy or lady who makes $100 millions dollar a year can not use a private plane, then who can?

    The reality is there are thousands of multi-millioners with Dinasour size carbon foot print but only a few of them care about environment and use their influence to make a difference.

    You don't how much these guys have done in their personal life and are targeting the good guys.

    There are bankers and oil billioners who couldn't care less and are therefore safe from your offensive.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  39. Rob McGowan

    Vancouver – British Columbia
    I beleive that these celebs are not in this because of any deep concern for the environment as their actions do not support what they preach. I think for many celebs this has become a means to sustain their celebrity.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  40. Pat Ritz

    They are especially hypocritical (including Gore) if and when they consume a meat, dairy & egg-based diet. Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than ALL transportation, according to the United Nations Agricultural Committee.

    from Lexington, KY

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  41. Tom Parkersburg WV

    You left off the biggest hypocrite of all; Nancy Pelosi. After she rammed her carbon tax bill through the house she called the Air Force and ordered up her personnal private jet for a trip home to San Francisco that put more carbon in the air in 8 hours than my truck does all year long.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  42. teryy goldstein

    Beause their do-do doesn't stink(like the rest of the world they blame). Oh yeah,money talks.Always does,always will.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  43. J Sally

    Most "celebrities" are hypocrites and NOT persons to emulate. Quite frankly, they should stick to their craft (if they have one) and shut up on other issues.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  44. Dave Putnam NY

    The tell us to save the environment to make up for the guilt they feel in destroying it. Hearing about Al Gores pool heating expense disgusts me, that money each month could feed hundreds if not more in Africa. But I guess telling us to save the environment followed by a nice warm swim helps him sleep better each nite.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  45. Russell Leach

    Celebrities really do not care about global warming they just want to appear to care. They carry the false Hollywood standard of environmentalism to appear magnanimous and politically correct. The Hollywood elite will punish any celebrity that goes off the reservation of left wing political ideology. They are an embarrassment to the real environmentalist like Edward Begley and Bill Nye

    Go Ed

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  46. Black Knite

    I am surprised that Al Gore woudl do such a thing to fly a large jet to meetings all around the world to preach save the world when he doesnt practice what he preaches...i have 2 cars and 1 stays in the garage because it is a gas eater, and replaced all light bulbs with the new energy saver bulbs and cut the heating the house with a lower temp setting to save energy and our bill we get each month...

    Black Knite
    Latrobe Pa.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  47. Mike Page in South San Francisco, CA

    Because we're foolish enough to listen to them?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  48. Jean


    I would tell them to go take a hike. I do not bother with their superficial and empty words. The amount of money that they spend, rather squander, they could totally eliminate poverty in the U.S. of all places. They would be doing those poor people a great favor and amassing spiritual wealth for their souls.
    As for Al Gore and his global warming. Another name for it as I call it is "fire and brimstones." It may be coming soon.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  49. jacky

    Thank you, thank you thank you. Finaly someone points out the hyppocracy of all these rich and spoiled celebreties that think they have the right to tell the rest of us how to live our lives. Most of them can't even explain what global warming is.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  50. Thomas Kreutzer

    I myself drive a 98 civic that gets about 35 miles to a gallon, I can easily afford some type of SUV. I see all day long people passing me on the way to work in their SUV's. The mass population is just as guilty as these silly celebrities. I think the general attitude is do as I say not as I do. Unfortunately there are not many people like myself who do what they say. I will drive my civic until the wheels fall off, then I will look to the most fuel efficient vehicle I can reasonably purchase. I still remember what it was like at 4 dollars a gallon, You should too!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  51. Dave in Cincinnati

    In response to Brenda Lopez – I see you drank the kool-aid. Carbon offsets are a farce. But they have helped make Al Gore an even wealthier egomaniac.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  52. Matt Ferguson

    When you get to be a celebrity isn't it your right to tell all the people not as rich and powerful as you are how they should live their lives. When celebrities start using public transportation and start living in smaller more energy efficient homes maybe the public will take them more seriously. I don't see any celebrities giving up their bentleys or mercedes for a ride on the bus anytime soon though.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  53. Matt Watson

    Chicago, Illinois

    It seems like these celebrities like to talk to talk but won't walk the walk. That seems to be the idea with most of their politial views. My guess is that they say what they do becuase they want to be seen as someone who cares for the common-good and for the people to be able to get more popularity.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  54. Mac from Vacaville, CA

    If we, the average non-jet owner Americans, don't focus on saving the environment, how will these hypocritical Hollywood stars ever get to enjoy it? It would be a great shame if they couldn't use their millions in ridiculous ways because of us "average" people.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  55. Kevin from Burlington, VT

    The entire premise for posing a fight against climate change is ridiculous. We have the ability to control the weather? Future generations will laugh at us for investing in such an impossibility. Our duty is to adapt to the planet as it changes, as it has for millions of years.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  56. LaurenL

    Celebrities who travel via private jet tell us to save the environment simply because they want to continue their life styles guilt free. If everyone else becomes eco-friendly and the global warming crisis becomes less of a crisis why should they worry or be inconvienced?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  57. jkubie

    Your comments are disingenuous. None of the celebrities you cite say that personal decisions on personal consumption will be sufficient. It may even be a distraction from the needed national and international efforts. Right wingers, who resent any infringement on their personal rights to consume the world, frequently use these as examples of hypocrisy. Attacks such as yours these 'celebrities' are actually attempts at distracting people from serious global problems and global solutions. Do you seriously think that whether Gore does, or does not, heat his pool is reflects on the arguments he makes?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  58. Gregory Newfield - Sunnyvale, CA

    Mr. Cafferty,

    My mother always say about people like this "the rules are made for other people not them" Celebrities are so far removed from what real people are like they forget, its pathetic. This is the problem with government, celebrities, and the upper class. We common folk must do as we are told, not as they do. Around and around we go.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  59. Jeff from Minneapolis

    Aw, come on Jack. It's the age old "Do as I say, not as I do" argument. These are wealthy, busy people who are much better than we, common folk. They need their privacy in their private jets. After all, can you imagine the mob scene if these people traveled on public transportation and commercial airlines with the rest of us? It's bad enough with the stupid, pointless conversations you already have to put up with. But to add in the paparazzi and travel becomes even worse. And I cannot even imagine travel being even worse than it is now.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  60. Todd Orinda

    Offsets or not, they don't need to do these things. Thanks for pointing out the hypocrisy of the Hollywood nutballs.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  61. DMDBowman

    I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for a public report of this. Keep, Keep, Keep reporting this over and over and over. Some of 'regular' folks are actually harassed. Landlords, will include electric as part of the rent then, overcharge the tenant and harass the tenant to be 'conservative'. "Pllitically correct' supervisors who can afford the hybrid try to hold that they are 'the better person' and carry their 'better behavior' as proof that they are the 'better person for promotion', it goes on and on......

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  62. Hansel

    WOW that is all i can say. Wow.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  63. Bob Sherman

    Having been unemployed for over one year, I realize I am not the only one in a similar boat. It especially hurts during Holiday Season as I am going to have to get creative at accumulating gifts to give.
    I am so sorry to report that I do not own any planes but am grateful to feed my family. I hope the rest of the elites enjoy themselves but really try to expose the truth on global warming and the $2.3 TRILLION DOLLARS that went missing from the Pentagon the day prior to
    the attacks of 9-11.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  64. Chad from Los Angeles

    It is about saving time more than anything with corporate jet travel. Celebrity time is worth more than the rest of us, so they can't waste it waiting at baggage claim or at the boarding gate.

    Having ridden on a corporate jet, if I had the means, I would never fly commercial again. It is 10 times more pleasurable than 1st class on any commercial airliner.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  65. Mikey

    Clearly, they are urging us to "go green" so that they don't have to. Why should the jet set be tethered to the ground like the rest of us?

    Philadelphia, PA

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  66. Dave

    As a general rule Celebrities are to be ignored on all issues.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  67. Andrew Eden-Balfour- Regina, SK

    Simple really; they have no idea what the heck global warming really is and only claim that we all should fight global warming just to look good in the tabloids and not to be the butt of every joke like Paris "Dissy' Hilton. This is Hollywood Left; a strange phenomenon where most celebrities we know of (Excluding King of the Hill's Mike Judge and South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone) Have Liberal-Socialism views, and they have no idea what does it mean to really be a liberal/socialist; and the portray conservatives as backward hicks. While they do give liberals a bad name, the way Conservatives have been acting; they're perception is not that far off.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  68. P.M.

    Blatant hypocrisy. I feel they could all take a page out of Leo Dicaprio's book and practice what they preach!

    Huntsville, Alabama

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  69. Lee from California

    Jack, they do it because we spend alot of time and money buying and reading magazines about what they say and do. At least teling us to save the environment is better than telling us to have lots of babies to grow up and see their shows or to build up the tax base.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  70. Richard McDermott

    These celebrity movie stars work three or four months a year. The rest of the time they have nothing better to do than to tell us all how to live our lives, whether its about carbine footprints,or voting for president.
    I think they would all be surprised to know that most folks don't give a hoot what they think at all.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  71. Rusty Shackelford in Alexandria, Virginia

    Jack, the answer is simple – these celebrities are so used to living privileged lives (the fruits of which I do not begrudge them for one minute, they earned it) that they have forgotten how the rest of us live. They think their fame gives them the right to spout off about things which they are woefully misinformed. As with many other limosuine liberals, they believe that if they feel bad about something, it gives them all the excuse they need to continue to engage in that behavior, while castigating the rest of us for doing the same thing. They want to be seen as compassionate people because it boosts their public image, and the idiots in Hollywood and the general public lap it up for some reason.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  72. Frank - Collinsville, IL

    theses hollywood icons are just completely out of touch with the real america. Someone should actually give them the bill for fuel costs or electric bills instead of sending it to their accountants. (of which are also filling up their SUV's)

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  73. Cindy Plachinski

    Don't be so hard on these celebrities, we all do the same thing, we tell OTHER people to be green, we tell children to save the Earth..while adults still consume too many products that are not Earth-Friendly.
    At least celebrities flying all over actually help spread the information and getting noticed. All the celebrities you mentions saying to save the Earth goes to many more ears than the average, non-flying, non-celebrity person.
    Lighten up on those people we love to hear from!
    Each of us should search ourselves and see how green we actually are.
    How green are you, Jack?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  74. Adam

    Maybe these celebrities would not need private jets if people would get a life and not bother them when they go out in public. Or how about making it illegal for the paparazzi to stalk them all of the time.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  75. Annie

    Because they are idiots...who love to think we are idiots.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  76. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    a true story. We had a car inspector at home this morning that looked a lot like Al Gore. He drives a 1992-1993 Toyota....so maybe each star has a clone somewhere that cancels out their unenvironmental behaviors!:)

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  77. Kelly

    Because they want us to believe that it's not their fault and because so many of us idolize celebs we listen to their bs. And the problem is when they are on CNN or Fox, or another news channel no reporter brings this up. Why not? Its just like the causes they support, instead of them begging us for money why don't they give a couple million. They aren't going to miss it. If each celeberity gave a million bucks almost every homeless person would have a home or have a couple meals, or heck let the celebs for the war instead of taxing the rest of us.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  78. John

    Jack,: Maybe the messengers are flawed beings subject to common human foibles, but the message remains true and is of great importance.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  79. Larry in Canada

    How about we connect the celebrities with the puritants in the GOP – they both seem to have that holier than thou attitude towards the folks who put them where they are...oh right, I frogot, ones on the left and the other's on the right!

    Larry, Canada

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  80. Jake Roberts

    The argument that I've heard, and certainly the one the celebrities would use, is that in terms of sheer numbers, a celebrity who influences masses can more or less do as they please and still have a positive impact overall (the sum total of their preaching doing more good than their individual harm).

    The truth? Celebrities these days need a cause to stay relevant, and many have chosen global warming. However, they have adopted a "do as I say, not as I do" ethos, as they clearly don't want to be deprived of their swanky lifestyles.

    Jake Roberts
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  81. Kenneth Kohlmann

    It's "Do as I say, not as I do." The elite of this nation, especially those used to being in the spotlight stage center fell rules or laws aren't written so as to affect them. Another prime example, our Congress and Administration have the same attitude: i.e. Global Warming as Mr. Gore pays $500/mo to hear his pool, Clunkers for Cash as they drive their gas gusslers, Pelosi's private military jet, and all of the continued Obama campaigning since the Inauguration.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  82. Janelle

    Jack these people really do care about the environment and global warming. They just feel they're more important than the average Joe and therefore are entitled to leave a larger carbon footprint.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  83. Derrick

    It's is or should be common knowledge that hipocracy is everyday in our society politics, religion, entertainment, media, and on and on; but I'd be hesitant to jump to criticism when there's an apparent attempt to discredit and dismiss the existence of global warming!

    At least the big-shot guzzlers are attempting to do something about it and use their celebrity to raise our collective pin-heads out of the sand.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  84. Ann Nierendorf

    Right on, Jack. At last someone is telling the hypocritical stars that when they preach to us about "going green", it is laughable. Don't tell me that my little recycling efforts compare to jet flying around the world.

    Ann Nierendorf
    Simsbury, CT

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  85. Dale William

    I think, Al Gore would say, "One voice for a cause is greater than 20 who fail." I guess the feeling is that a person of words is worth many who fail.
    Hi, CNN!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  86. Radrob

    Hey How can the government take my money away and give it to people who are too lazy to work. They think they know better than you little people and there is no way in hell they are going to change their lifestyle. $500 a month to heat an inside swimming pool. Oh my God the carbon used! What horror! Gore is not only hypocritical he is making tons of money off this charade. Did someone mention dumping data?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  87. Jim Butler

    At least with regards to Al Gore's house, isn't the more important question "from what source does Gore get the energy to heat his house?" If he spends $500 to heat it with solar and wind power rather than use cheaper fossil fuels, then his is being far more environmentally friendly than others. But since there is no solar gulfstream jet, your wrath is well placed on the other celebrities.

    Lexington KY

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  88. Matt W.

    to those who commented about carbon offsets, companies who pollute and use up their offsets will hunt down and purchase someone else's offsets so that they are excused. So they "greener" companies profit off the bad ones and the bad ones don't suffer the consequences.

    Money buys everything after all.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  89. Naate

    We should not be faulting celebrities for using energy.

    We should be faulting them for spreading this silliness about global warming.

    I remain unconvinced that a trace gas that makes up .038% of the atmosphere is the primary driver of climate on this planet.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  90. Terry SMith

    Because that is what celebrities do. They play make believe roles that have no relationship with their real lives. At one point I believed in global warming as man made, but as time goes on it looks more like just natural climate change due to activities of the sun. HOWEVER, we should not pollute if we don't have to.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  91. Yvette Mozol

    Hello: I am sick & tired of these Hollywood celebrities preaching to us. They should stick to acting. I guess they don't think that they should practice what they preach. I, for one have lost respect for most of them.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  92. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Just like John McCain and his 7 or is it 8? houses that he doesn't even know where they all are....actually, probably because they can, and they don't think their feces don't stink either.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  93. david t mori

    The government is so full of hypocrits who think they are above the law, I hate it. And when is Al Gore going to realize that crude oil does Not come from old dinosaurs!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  94. Diane

    If your inclined to be influenced by what celebrities say and do you need to reexamine your pathetic life and make some changes......

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  95. Kip ( Salt Lake City )

    Beacause they can Jack................. Ain't America great!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  96. Hector M Rivera

    Its incredible how those so called celebrities have the audacity to tell us to save the planet be green, they are just attention seakers. Lets see Al Gore ride a bike to work, lets see Oprah on a scooter or the rest of those hipocrits do more and talk less, let them rot, lets the sooner we pay less attention to celebrities and we focus on the issues the quicker problems will be solved.I still believe that regular joes can make a bigger diference than any shmoe with thier names in lights and an article in a tabloid.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  97. Shaman Us Humans

    Yes, since celebrity spokespeople are hypocrites, all their causes are 100% invalid. Starving children in Africa are a HOAX, big fat Sally Struthers! Take that, logic! We don't need you! We're going to continue to choke on our own filth because some rich guy choking on HIS own filth told us not to!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  98. Rob

    Ive said this for years already! Nice to see that years later the media finally woke up and noticed this. Im not even going to point out the irony of the whole thing now that Jack is on it.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  99. Olu in Calgary

    Hey Jack,

    It’s simple, “practice what I say” not what I do; why? ‘cause you don’t have money to afford it! The truth is, these guys are just doing their job, and earning their pay for it!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  100. Lawrence

    They may seem to be hypocrites, but take away their play toys and you have no impact on the environment. Logic dictates that we all contribute to the problem, and it must be addressed by all of us for it to be successful.
    This question reminds me of a middle eastern man who asked me in 1975 why we didn't take the 100 richest American families money away and gave it to the poor? Wouldn't that solve the problem of poverty according to his logic.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  101. David from San Antonio, TX

    Because celebrities' interests in their pet causes are as fake as their breasts, noses and other plastic parts.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  102. Joan, California

    The whole global warming is a farce and the deleted scientific documents prove what a scam it has been!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  103. Fern

    In the English language it is more often considered as holier than thou! It is all over the World but more rampant in this Country. It is within the judicial system and the religious sector, yet until these hypcrits are confronted and exposed, it will certainly continue.

    Too bad too many people are like sheep instead of goats. The followers will continue to blindlessly follow and the so called goats will continue to butts heads with those practicing the holier than thou cherade.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  104. Uncle Sam in Florida

    That's easy; because all celebrities think they are better than everyone else and at times think they are above the law.....

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  105. Bob

    It's all from the same mind set as the Tiger Woods situation. He got in his expensive car, left his driveway at some elevated velocity and destroyed an important element of public safety, namely a fire hydrant. It took four days to issue a $164 ticket. The average person would have that ticket taped to their face while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. It is not shocking to me to learn that millionaire celebrities talk to the common man about cutting back energy consumption while their jets run on the tarmack keeping their ice cubes and deli trays cool.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  106. Jackie in Dallas

    Why is your girlfriend Sarah tooling around the country in a private jet on her book tour, Jack? Or is it OK because she says that the fact that there is no ice in the Arctic Circle in November is normal?

    Seriously, because, in many ways, the use of private transportation by celebrities is needed for their own security, Jack. True, it does seem contradictory, but many of those celebrities are being stalked, threatened, and subject to intense public attention and the papparatzzi. Look what happened to John Travolta. And an SUV (or urban tank) is sometimes the only vehicle that offers the security that those celebrities need.

    We've seen how one celebrity is being tortured by the public for a minor traffic accident outside his own home...you should see what happens when celebrities fly public transport! I have, first hand. After all the bother, I hope I never see another one of them on MY plane!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  107. Jim

    jack; as it turns out, it all may not mean much anyway... if it is proven scientist have been fudging the figures, manmade global warming may not be as bad as they've been preaching anyway...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  108. Miguel Jorge

    The ex VP and all these Hollywood types are a bunch of whiny self serving people preaching to us the" little people " while they live the high life. Shame on US if we listen to these so call environmentals.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  109. Mary

    Whenever the "green" people start preaching to me about recycling, carpooling, etc. I always ask them, "Did you walk or ride your horse here today?" I know a lot of people who travel in the winter and have a cottage up north in the summer besides their regular home. I try to be "green" because I have to, they preach about it to pretend to be concerned. It's the same old, same old – they want everybody else to conserve so there's more for them. Hypocrites and yet too many Americans idolize these people!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  110. Michael n Seattle

    since they have the spot light why not. I's OK by me if only they'd buy my bio diesel, my company produces 2 million gallon a year of bio fuels and I take the bus. I think I'll go back to using regular light bulbs and trash my solar panels, sell my corporate jet on e-bay give away my 50 foot fishing boat

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  111. Lois Camp

    Jack -
    Well, we see pictures of skyscrapers, all floors lit up, and at
    WalMart et al, we see wall to wall TVs, all turned on. And "they"
    want me to unplug my lamps.
    Birmingham, Al

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  112. Anne

    Its simple – celebrities feel they stand out from and far above the masses. They are too used to luxury to stray very far from it so they lecture the rest of us to save the planet. Having a Prius as part of their fleet of vehicles apparently entitles them to do so. I for one am tired of big names enlightening me and telling me how to behave.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  113. Greg Gardner

    Don't private jets become a necessity at some point for people who have achieved a certain level of fame? How chaotic do airports become when someone of moderate fame walks through? Celebrities are entitled to a level of privacy that traveling on public planes cannot afford them. Can you imagine what the scene would be like if Oprah were to walk through the airport after getting off a plane, much less boarding one? I doubt Homeland Security and Airport Security would want to deal with that headache, and are likely thankful that people of that level of fame travel privately.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  114. Tommy

    2 reasons. Because they can. Because they have more money than brains.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  115. Kathy Ertel


    While your point is well taken about the celebrities choices, we should not let it minimize the importance of dealing with climate change which is the most serious problem we have confronting our world today.

    Kathy from Ewing, NJ

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  116. Matthew from Orange,CA

    Only $500 to keep hundreds of gallons of water in an indoor pool heated throughout the month??

    It costs me $500 just to keep my apartment lit. Al Gore obviously doesn't live in California.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  117. Chris from Montreal Canada

    This is limousine liberals gone amok! If Americans do not neutralize these people, I predict a GREEN dictatorship in the US in the next 20 years. Let them paddle to Copenhagen!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  118. Le Anne Ottmann

    Excellent question but is it any different than why the President and his Congress (who have their own medical plan) want to tell us what kind of medical care or lack thereof we can have?

    How long will we allow people to make decisions for us that they would never make for their themselves?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  119. carolyn

    A firm believer in rock and roll, I was intrigued to attend the rock and roll hall of fame benefit concert in NY a few month's ago. I had some extra money so I decided to find some tickets, I didn't think I was being unrealistic thinking the tickets might cost 2-3 hundred a ticket. you a can understand my agast at the cheapest ticket costing 12 hundred dollars up to 2700 a ticket. So what theses celebs have done to Going Green" they have also done to rock and roll. I thought rock and roll was for everyone, bringing some form of equality and truth! Peace and love, free concerts in the park you know? Everyone but the select few who have equated thier gifts and abilities to dollar signs were in attendance, and in this is a great falsehood. Boy am I mad!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  120. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Do as I say not as I do. From going to war to saving the environment they play one tune and dance to another.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  121. John Casnig

    Because their appearances and volunteering can qualify for a substantial tax write-off. Otherwise, environmentalism is merely the trendy packaging – great for publicity. They're only as green as the money they're raking in.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  122. Dave Pavlich

    Jack: It's very annoying, especially people like A. Gore, making millions of dollars misrepresenting what's really happening. Since it has been shown (through real science, not bogus computer models) that the climate has actually cooled in the last 10 years, the real affect of the celebrities' double standards is negligible, but I'm just sick of hearing them pontificate on a topic they obviously don't understand, i.e. science!

    Thanks Dave

    December 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  123. Dave Harding

    I think that anyone who's worth a half a billion dollars isn't going to use bycicles to get around just on general principle. And then there is matter of living up the hypocrisy that's required of all out-of-touch superstars.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  124. Hansel, New York

    They expect us to give them the attention they want because their celebrity friends have a life and do not call them, which gives them the need to drag more attention for themselves, and as for Al Gore...shame on you...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  125. dave / reno

    If everybody else does they won't have to the masses control every outcome

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  126. Donald Gomez

    It is pure hypocrisy ....
    They believe they are all knowing... Bull

    Remember the book, "Animal Farm"
    "All of us are equal but some of us are more equal than others"

    Don in Kona Hawaii

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  127. Nate Venancio

    Although these celebrities, whose carbon footprint is much larger than others, travel in most inefficient ways and use energy excessively on a daily basis, they are also the people whose message on global warming is heard the most. These are the people Americans listen to, so while the average energy-saving American may be advocating "greener" living, it is the celebrities who receive most of the publicity and in turn these are the people who spend millions on vehicles and homes that suck down our resources. It's almost as if they are allotted a bigger carbon footprint in return for environmental support.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  128. ella

    Well Jack, you see if you are rich enough to live among the stars and your head is always in the clouds then I would guess that those in question have no sense of respondsibility for their actions only for those who get in their way.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  129. Richard

    Jack, they are hypocrites they don't really care about global warming.They just want to be heard.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  130. Frank Nardo Cape Coral, FL

    Well Jack I think you said it all, I can only hope that the fore mentioned celebrities read your piece and shut their mouths about going green to us, you know,"we the stupid" why do you thing they are celebrities? the writers make them seem like they know something in their works,

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Ron L.

    Jack – It's rather simple. In their worlds where simply commoners and their the aristocricy. Plus Jack they buy "carbon credits," duh!

    Ron L. Garden Grove,Ca

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  132. George Signore

    Come on Jack - Global warming and "Green" environmental concerns are immediate issues that need to be dealt with ASAP - Our "Green" celeb friends are simply trying to get the message out to the masses in the fastest way possible - bigger, faster Jets and SUVs allow them to travel quickly and in groups - if they traveled by horse on land or sailed by sea, the earth would be in cinders by the time they got the word out, right?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  133. Bill Wilson

    Right on, Jack!!! This is so true as many of your comments an criticisms are...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  134. dick from indiana

    Clearly we need the tax structure before JFK entered the White House. A nice 92% top bracket would bring all the rich folks back the earth in more ways than one. That includes you Jack.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  135. Brian

    It's a symptom of a larger problem in our country. Everyone wants change, but few are willing to sacrifice for it. The egocentric attitude of the american public simply extends to our elite. There's nothing really special about them in this regard. There is a reward for speaking out on climate change in terms of social standing and a raised profile. The less direct and long-term rewards for sacrifices made in their personal, private time however are obviously not worth it, despite their statements to the public to the contrary.

    As much as it saddens me, true climate change will come when it is economically advantageous in the medium to short term, and not before. This will occur in the near future, I believe, for average folk, with hybrid cars resulting in gas savings and solar panels resulting in reduced utility costs. For multi-millionaires, there is no such economic pressure, and so believing that they will change any time soon is naive at best.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  136. Judith Slipacoff

    Today I find it infinitely comforting to be a cynic. That way if any of the politicians/celebs/other people enjoying 15 mns of fame, live up to their public pronouncements I am pleasantly surprised...
    Judith Slipacoff, Ottawa, Canada

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  137. Christine

    Unfortunately, many do not practice what they preach. Why would anyone look to celebrities for examples of "how to live". The important issue is, global warming is a real danger and unfortunately, Jack, you have given the naysayers more ammo with this question.

    "We do not inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Mother Teresa.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  138. Mike S., New Orleans

    Jack, I think it is proof positive that we should consider recycling celebrities instead.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  139. Bill Wilson

    This seems to be right on, Jack!!! This is so true as many of your comments an criticisms are...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  140. Shuntelle

    Hi Jack,
    I try to be very active in environmental issues and the more I have learned, the more hypocritical I have realized that we all are. There is just no simple way to significantly reduce our individual carbon emissions in a society that expects certain things (in travel, appearance, in living etc.) from certain people. My mother used to call me to tell me that Al Gore was a hypocrite until I explained to her what carbon offsets are. Most of the people that you mention that overuse resources purchase carbon offsets– donate money to organizations that plant trees and invest in alternative energy– in order to off set the emissions they use. Please think about this before you mislead the public into thinking that our celebrities, that are actually trying to do something about the environmental crisis we face, are just hypocrites, unwilling to practice what they preach.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  141. Randy

    The only celeb I care for out of the group mentioned is Han Solo er…I mean Harrison. I’ll cut him a little slack since he was such good friends with Luke.
    These folk’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. They’re part of the reason/problem why we can’t get anything done.
    I guess it’s true. The rich do get richer. The problem is that they have plenty of money to keep comfortable if it all goes to hell. We don’t.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  142. Chad from Los Angeles

    There is nothing wrong with driving an SUV, as long as you fill it with people every trip. 4 people in an SUV is just as economical as me driving in my hybrid alone. Its the people who drive SUV's to and from work everyday by themselves who are the worst polluters!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  143. marty

    Jack, simply because they can afford to and the public pays for it all by supporting them in their professions and/or endeavors. It's always been that way....some things just never change, only the time and place.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  144. jim Finn

    Very easy to understand. They are all better than the average person.Jim Finn retired in Mexico

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  145. mark sartoris

    these fat cats probably knew it (global warming) was a scam but figured to cash in on yet another "crisis" Figures...
    Gore is a hypocritical jerk.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  146. AtomikDawg

    Jack, you "silly uninformed euro-american man" DON'T you KNOW?
    that we "need" overpaid,celebrities of dubious talent who live incredibly pampered lives to "guide" us to the promised land of personal responsibility??
    Hypocricy is the LEAST of their problems....on second thought, it IS one of celebity's many problems...physican heal thyself

    Atomik Dawg

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  147. Joe

    Mr. Cafferty,

    You see it everyday, rules don't apply to the rich so why should they listen to their rhetoric about the environment? It's all for show, they are actors after all. To their credit, they can do more in 5 minutes of speaking financially then I could do with a lifetime of recycling...but I'm just trying to get through the winter so I don't have time to think about the environment. A person with millions should start sacrificing first. Also, Listen to George Carlin talk about the Save the Planet movement. Sorry for the rambling.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  148. Hrishikesh Kumar

    An eye-opener ! thanks Cafferty.

    Now, if you are ready, just give a thought to the people in developing world (for example, say india). Majority of them have no or meagre electricity access. Barely any house in Indian villages (and they constitute 70% population) has heater or AC. Per capita energy consumption is 20 times less than in America. After all this, my North American friends (having one car for each family member, centrally airconditioned house and offices, energy guzzling heaters) are so concerned about environmental abuse in thirld world- isnt it hypocrisy. "First world" prodding the "third world" on environmental issues – isnt it hypocrisy?

    Ontario, Canada

    December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  149. James Harwood


    Keep up the good work!

    You can do a report everyday on celebrity hypocrisy. Its nice to see you report on this because this celebrity hypocrisy needs to be exposed. I dont like them telling me what to wear (no fur), what to eat (no KFC), and who to vote for.

    Just entertain please, I dont care about your political views!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  150. ken,daytona

    because they can. because they need those things. Most of us can't fly all over or do we need to or want to. Alot of us own Suvs only because we like being above the lesser ones or we have too many kids. I drive a mustang convertible GT because I never had one before and I can.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  151. Arnold

    As a commercial pilot, celebrities flying in their private jets create many jobs and put back money into the economy. From hiring pilots, booking hotels, car rentals, restaurants, private travel works. Why stop it? With new stories coming out about European scientists pressured to send scare tactics and bend the truth about global warming. What is the truth? If they can afford it, it doesn't bother me.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  152. Tashi

    Meanwhile some poor slob making 30K a year switching out light bulbs and bicycling to work is expected to bare the brunt of the "carbon (tax you for breathing) tax"? This carbon tax isn't the biggest hoax that's ever been perpetrated, but it's up there, and that's all climate change is, a springboard to global carbon taxes.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  153. barbara pape ba barbara pape

    Hi Jack,
    At least the Republicans have a purity plan. Their is plenty of scandal with each party. I am pleased to see the purity plan as it appeals to the conservative base finally a place to begin.
    Also I wish the democratic base would take a long hard look at the democratic platform which continues to be TAX AND SPEND. The Franklin Roosevelts and the John Kennedy democrats are gone. Now all the democrats do is transfer the wealth from the rich to the very willing poor. It is a sin to be rich in the minds of the democrats and they are obsessed to take it away and give it to someone that has no plan, or goal or ambition. It get them lots of votes and it is breaking the bank with the middle class.

    Barbara Iowa

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  154. Rene

    And this is why they call them actors!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  155. Randy from New Jersey

    "Do as I say, not as I do" is a very funny book and extremely interesting. I think the author is Peter Schweizer.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  156. Sara in Spartanburg SC

    Is it "green" to go to the movies? How much energy is wasted on running a multi-plex, along with the popcorn & soda machines? Maybe one way to save the earth, would be to stay home and play a board game. Made with recycled materials of course. Oh, wait, Hollyweird might have to quote Kermit the Frog-"Its not easy being green!"

    December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Ray Walnut Creek, CA


    This dichotomy has been IGNORED by the media forever. Thank you for bringng it up. Now CNN has the responsibility to persue this subject t the end!!

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CARBON OFFSET. It only means that you are rich enough to buy an 'indulgence' (Similar behavior lead to the Protestant reformation many years ago) and you keep going on with your profligate lifestyle. Al Gore is a Hypocrite. So are EACH AND EVERY one of these annointed celebrites.

    A person called 'celebrity' has no more and probably much less right to be wasteful in their lifestyle. Afterall they are celebrities ar they not??


    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  158. Mike

    we have become a nation of "do as I say" instead of " do as I do" and lead by example .When it comes to the environment we are not going to change our life styles until half the globe is under water, and the other half unable to sustain life because there is no water. All I can say is "poor us"

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  159. Ren Car

    I agree with you all. These left wing celebrities are self-rigtheous hypocrites. They are no better, or at least in the same level, as the self-rigtheous right wing morally bankrupt hypocrites.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  160. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – It may seem hypocritical, but compared to the difference between electricity from coal and electricity from safe nuclear reactors (they do exist, but the US does not have any), the carbon footprints of all the private jets in the world are a spit in a bucket. The US does not have safe nuclear power for political reasons alone – maybe some celebrity push will change that. Anyhow, five private jets do not produce more CO2 than one while four of them are parked, Al Gore is doing "offsets" by planting trees and is in the midst of modifying his mansion (which he bought, not built) to reduce its energy consumption. There are a handful of celebrities with a handful of conspicuous energy consuming vehicles – they can't all be like Ed Begley Jr – but if Travolta rowed to London instead of flew, the net carbon savings would be measured in pounds, not tons. It is really a matter of degree – how much CO2 emission are you saving?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Lawrence White

    In the end it doesn't really matter what mode of transportation celebrities travel in or use to heat their homes. The issue is that we are all hooked into a negative system of energy production that offers damn few realistic alternatives. If celebrities point that out problem while they zip around in their multi million dollar jets I do not mind. As long as we work together to change this system we are captive to – then we are headed in the right direction.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  162. Robert (Canada)

    Its human nature. More specifically, its expected from them. According to Marlow's hierarchy of needs, Self-actualization (which is making yourself a "better person" by being less selfish) comes after everything else. If you take away their several sports cars, I'm sure they'll forget about the environment for the time being.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  163. ChrisSeattle

    Hypocrites are everywhere. Ever meet a soccer Mom that want you to drive a hybrid but they drive an SUV because it is "safer" for their precious cargo. How about the thousands of disposable diapers that are in a landfill for their convenience? As long as we burn coal for elecricity whatever we drive means so very little.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  164. Matthew from Orange,CA

    Do you really expect Ed Begley Jr. to ride his bike 10-speed to Europe for a press junket?

    And with respect to Harrison Ford's helicopter, he saved the lives of some people trapped in the mountains with that helicopter. I think we could give him a pass for that real-life heroism.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  165. Barbara Long Beach Ca

    well, Mr. Gore is part owner of a company that is proposed to be in the forefront in green technology- he stands to earn a great deal of money once the US passes all the green initiatives. Some of the major political figures have also invested heavily in these companies and they are also pushing laws to use the very same companies they have invested in...hmmmm, conflict of interest or just good sense?
    How has the White House reduced their carbon footprints- all those jet trips to various countries, states, etc. burn a LOT of jet fuel and let's not forget those private dinners in New York while you and I pay for it – the motto is: do as I say not as I do afterall, we are your superiors in intellect and position.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  166. Dave

    Thanks for pointing this out. They are typical liberals. Do as I say not as I do.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  167. Tom

    Tom – D.C.

    Jack: For whatever reason, celebrities feel they have the right to impose their opinion on a whole range of issues from environmental issues to war, or voting to healthcare. Most of the time, I do believe their is some genuine push behind the cause they take up... but for once, it would be great if the celebrities who ask the rest of us to do our part, also did their part. Global warming... stop flying their private jets; Anti-war... go to boot camp and then get deployed for a year to protect the people of this country and others who are helpless and not able to defend themselves; Voting... the American revolution was fought, in part ,for all of us to have a say in how we're governed, go vote, not because a celebrity told you to do so, but because it is your duty...

    I'm getting tired of this rant, it's time for me to get back to my Oprah show so she can tell me what I should be doing next.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Doug R, Clifton Park, NY

    Hi Jack,

    I was wondering when someone was going to notice this. It's hard to take these people seriously when it's obvious that they are doing ten times the damage to the planet than the average American. Perhaps they think that their "star power" will help the cause more than their consumption hurts it. The real hero here is the everyday American who works to recycle, conserve and clean the planet in little ways every day.

    Doug R
    Elizabeth, CO

    December 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  169. Bob

    Please lay off the private jets! I work for a company that provides training for all those pilots. Private/Coorporate jets provide income for thousands of people here.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  170. Simon Coleamen

    Wasn't Streisand supposed to fly her jet one way, to Paris, if Bush won?
    NOT!!! So, why would I now listen to anything she has to say? Just zip it and sing...PLEASE!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  171. Michael Jones

    These celebs are absolute hypocrites and are elitist that do what they want. Look at Tiger Wood. I guarantee that if the Alabama State Troopers wanted to talk to me over such an accident they would or throw my ass in jail. These celebs that travel and live in luxury are so self righteous they fell they can tell us, one because they fell they champion a cause, and two, because they can.

    Michael J.
    Dora, AL

    December 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  172. Zahid

    It's shameful and disgusting without regard to the middle class.
    what's new from wealthy filthy people!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  173. Chris Fredeman

    I have driven a VW Beetle since the start of adulthood. Last year I added a Hondabut fuel effecient. I do it because it is right. I do not tell others what to do, only myself. Other have always done what pleases them and I do the same.
    The actions of famous people has not started to run counter to what they preach only recently. This hyprocracy is age old. I try to just ignore it.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  174. Richard

    Jack, they are all hypercrits just like politicians.
    Just as Woods wants privacy whilst taking millions from sponsers for having his face all over tv and print media.
    Just as Bozo,sorry, Bono came to Canada to tell the government they
    should give more money to Africa while he has a convenience address in Switzerland to avoid paying tax on his mega millions.
    Do you believe they really give a damm about Joe Public?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  175. PP Hernadez

    Man, real life is getting more like "Animal Farm" everyday, some people being more equal than others.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  176. Kathleen

    These people use these aircraft........because they can.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  177. Shaman Us Humans

    After reading these comments, I think maybe we deserve global warming. I are smrt and all them dum seelebritees shud not talk about sience they don't unnerstnad like I do it snowed today so their is no global awarmin! Its a lie to make us by foren cars!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  178. Christina - Kingman, AZ

    They get worshiped like Gods, therefore they think they must be Gods... Thier actions couldn't possibly have consequences like that of us mere mortals...

    Seriously though, its not just celebrities. That kind of hypocracy is the norm for anyone with power... Just ask Obama if he's actually quit smoking, then talk to him about the new FDA regulation of tobacco...

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  179. David from Kansas City

    Jack, the term is “Limousine Liberal” which describes an individual who pushes his liberal ideology on the rest of us because he/she knows what’s best but is too important to take their own advice. They do it because they are self serving, sanctimonious hypocrites. Should we really be surprised? These are the same people who put on award shows every other day to pat themselves on the back and put themselves in the spotlight. How anyone could give Al Gore an ounce of credibility is beyond me, he travels around feigning righteousness, unwilling to allow anyone to challenge his FAKE emergency while living in a 10,000 SF house and flying in private jets. Maybe you guys at CNN could challenge him on that sometime?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  180. Eric K

    Jack, I am happy to see you covering these blatant hypocrites; you are in the minority I am afraid.
    Why do celebrites live lavish lives while asking for carbon cap and trade reducing our energy consumption by 80+%? Well, such is the hallmark of Liberalism–call it "not in my backyard" syndrome. Just look at Michael Moore and his demonization of Capitalism, even while he is almost a billionaire VIA capitalism.
    These people know that their Socialist leanings are incorrect, they just want us to be their guinea pigs–again. The Elites always do well in Socialism, it is the massive underclass that starves.
    These same people gush over having a chance to dine lavishly with the likes of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but heaven forbid they go out into the streets to meet the hoards of poverty-ridden masses.
    They laugh at religion, but they seek religions of their own made in their own minds–Scientology, Gaia, Obama, and the State.
    Their limited intelligence (most of them have never even been to college) allows only "me too" beliefs based neither on Science OR Philosophy, so when they hear that mankind is killing the planet, they are the first to join the club, but not for any deep reason but to be a lemming or sheep. Did I say these are not smart people? Yes, they are not smart people.
    We do not deny these people their right to do as they wish, only that they deny us the same.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  181. Charles Ellis

    Yes, Al Gore and the rest of them are only interested in their self gratifacation. As also the scientist that convently destroyed the supposed proof for the existance of Global Warming. I don't believe one can find the truth any more. Sincerely a throughly discusted taxpayer. If possible I would succed from the US. Why don't we hear more about this bogus material, Is the news being a bit one sided?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  182. zach

    Were all hypocrites, except for you and Wolf, right? What really concerns me is the "Stars" that tell us how to save the world, then open companies that sell carbon credits. They claim they are paying for their foot print, by purchasing credits from their own company. And to think, I voted for Al Gore when he ran for president.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  183. Nancy- Derby, Kansas

    Why not include politicians and people who work for the White House? Just prior to your question, you showed people leaving the White House from a conference or briefing (Robert Gates) and others who all were getting into expensive gas guzzeling SUV's and other very non-green cars. Seems everyone wants to tell common folks what to do but don't see themselves as contributing to the problem.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  184. Jerry

    Most wrong doers are like this.....hurry p and get there to spew what needs to be don although you have violated what the message contains. You figure it out, why even open your mouth and speak.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  185. Claus from San Diego

    While it is concerning that a few dozen of "these top activists" have not adopted an environmentally conscientious lifestyle needed across the board to address the issue of global warming that will impact 5+ billion people, it cannot serve as an easy excuse for each of us and most certainly does not diminish the issue of global warming and its impact on all of us. I am sure there are many examples of role models in fight of global warming representing those changes that we all can implement to make a difference – how about bringing them into the spotlight? By the way, whether global warming is man-made or not, it will be a huge opportunity for all of us to embrace new sustainable energy sources, reduce our usage of fossil fuels and adopt a more sustainable life style – after all the dinosaurs were extinct because they could not adopt ....

    December 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  186. steve in virginia

    I'm changing my thinking about gas guzzlers. Every time a politician has promised energy independence during the last 40 years, all we've gotten is the same "fuel efficiency" mantra. I think the faster we deplete petroleum, the sooner politicians won't have a choice other than to actually pursue energy independence or go back to riding horses. Either way, we'd finally be back on the path toward regaining our soveriegnty.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  187. Eric - Houston TX

    Jack, why should we listen to any of these people? Just like their politics and their beliefs they are often out of touch with the rest of us. Some on here are saying it is okay because they purchase carbon offsets. Tell me is that the same as not generating the carbon/CO2 greenhouse gases in the first place? It is a good idea in principle but actions speak much louder than words and buying supposed offsets which may or may not come to frution. A bigger statement would be for these people of means to purchase offsets for say a whole passenger plane while also reducing their carbon foot prints, but we know that will never happen because it is all about self in their world. How much carbon production would be saved by not filming one of their horrible movies that they keep making? Again all about self.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  188. David Karger

    There's something a bit silly about this article. No matter how many jets a celebrity owns, they can only fly one at a time. Their carbon footprint is no heavier than that of a well-traveled coach-class flier. If you want to go after them for being filthy rich, go ahead. But don't put them in double-jeapordy on the environment. Jay Leno's great big car collection? Carbon footprint zero, as long as he leaves it in the garage.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  189. Double-Standard

    Wow, Jack. I'm impressed by your courage in bringing out the double-standard that the celebs use. Thank you for pointing this out. However, I also noticed that the left is already attacking you for showing the hypocrisy. If it had been a republican using all that energy, that individual would be crucified by the left.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  190. MARK PRIBBLE Anna Illinois

    It is the same with people who have money and so called power, they will do what ever the hell they want. But if i were rich and famous with the cameras following me around every Minuit of the day i would likely have a privet plane as well.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  191. Mike in Jax

    You are just not looking at this from the proper perspective. It is not the elite going green, it is the surfs who must.

    Know your place.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  192. Ed from Montana

    It is all part of our delusional society. We have become a people that see the actor as the real person, and the acted action as reality. And the Hollywood types have actually bought into their own illusion, thinking somehow that they have the wisdom to teach, when in fact they don't even have the ability to see there own hypocrisy.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  193. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    What are you telling me that these celebrities should give up their luxurious lives to stop their part in global warming? Most celebs can't even live moral lives and have family values that would have saved their marriages let alone do something for humankind. If they did give up their luxury items and spend more money for the poor do you think they might become real idols which people would then look up to them?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  194. Kez Khan from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

    Simply, put Al Gore and the rest of these so-called 'green' celebs are nothing but, Inconvenient Hypocrits of the worst kind!!! Just because they live so-called 'green' lifestyle, they null and void their own hard work, by doing the exact opposite!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  195. Greg - Minneapolis

    Jack, it is a combination of guilt and selfishness. Guilt, because they feel a shred of concern for the environment. And selfishness, because they do not want to risk being in close proximity to ordinary citizens, having to fly commercial airlines and put up with the delays and cancellations that the rest of us have to. The last thing anyone should do is listen to a self-righteous, hypocritical "celeb" telling us how to save the environment when they do more to destroy it than they would if they were seated in 12A (or 2A for first class) on their next flight!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  196. John Schilling

    For some reason celebrities think their popularity gives them expertise in the environmental and political realms. All it really gives them is a soapbox. They have no more knowledge in these areas then the average joe.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  197. Zahid

    It's shameful and disgusting without regard to the middle class.
    what's new from wealthy filthy people!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  198. Cyrus

    Mari Fernandez has a point. The paparazzi persistently harass celebrities.. how would it be possible for them to travel like the rest of us? However, they don't have much of an excuse for using SUVs or "heating an indoor swimming pool".

    December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  199. micky form Maine

    Wow Jack, I'm impressed by your journalistic courage! Some newsmen go after soft targets. Edward R. Murrow brought down McCarthy when most people didn't dare speak up against him. Woodward and Bernstein even brought down ol' Tricky Dick. But YOU Jack, you go after the real dangerous elements in our society: Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbra Streisand and Cameron Diaz. It's journalist like you that provide that keep constantly keep all American's focused on the important issues of our time. Keep up the good work!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  200. Andrew Nims

    Beacuse they want us to save energy for their use

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  201. Troy

    I find the hypocrisy of these celebrities to similar to those that prescribe to the failed parenting model of "do as I say – not as I do". It also serves to rub in our collective faces the self-entitled nature inherent in many of these two-faced, pseudo-do-gooders. Why not, as they say, put your money where your mouth is? Imagine if these same talking heads were to simply begin not only endorsing – but using alternative fuels/energies!

    Why doesn't the fire-and-brimstone Gore install a wind/solar farm to supply the power needs for his pool and mansion? Same for all of them – where are they examples of leadership? Do they think that having their domestics sort the recyclables for the weekly trash allows them to – pardon the pun – spew their double-standard, green-living garbage? Ok – obviously a rhetorical question.

    And please don't get me started on carbon offsets. Instead of donating money so they can pollute the world with their actions and words, why not simply invest that money into alternative fuel/energy research – or into solar and/or wind farms?

    I'd say that I'm not holding my breath, but all of the pollution from their private jets has forced me to do so anyway.

    Minneapolis, MN

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  202. PJ

    Liberal Hypocrites...oh wait, that's redundant.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  203. Judith


    Celebrities who travel by private jets and own huge carbon guzzling homes and vehicles feel they can tell others to save the environment because they have no idea that they are part of the natural world. Why? Because celebrities are worshipped and put on pedestals by the entertainment and news media industries; sell more tickets, sell more papers, sell more advertising space on TV – well you get the idea.

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  204. Andy, Michigan

    Well you see Jack,
    Celebrities can be hypocrites about global warming because just like the scientists of today, they use the idea of global warming to make money, obviously if they believed that all these carbon emissions and green house gases were hurting out environment, they wouldnt be flying around on there private jets and what not. They just want to make more money.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  205. BKrause

    For all those screaming "hypocrisy," try staring at your own image in a mirror for a few seconds without blinking.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  206. Rick from Vancouver

    If we transferred the expectations we have of our leaders and celebrities to ourselves, we'd spend less time pointing fingers and more time getting our hands dirty solving problems. Gee, sounds like what all the CNN Heroes did. What a surprise.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  207. Barry

    Why do conservative evangelists snort coke with male prostitutes while carrying on with a "Family Values", anti-gay agenda? Why do liberal politicians oppose vouchers for private education for the poor, while refusing to send their kids to public schools? Why do the nonwealthy bash the wealthy, while openly coveting their wealth? Why does Obama sell himself as a black man, when is half Caucasian and was raised in a totally white environment?Public perception is the only truth, Jack; it's not what you are, but what you appear to be.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  208. WWeeks NC

    All of these celebs live in never never land and the land of oz they could give a crap about the condition of the world and even less about the people that support their industry.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  209. JC

    C'mon Jack, I know its more fun to only ask the obvious question but we need to ask the next question in order to understand the truth... in the case of Al Gore, I understood that while his home consumes a lot of electricity, it also produces an equivalent amount with solar panels... home much green electricity does your home produce to offset your consumption? While in this time of serious environmental and economic concerns its hard to understand how anyone can own and operate a fleet of jets, but the key word is operate and in the case of Travolta or Ford, I know they love to fly and a lot of these jets are collectors items... I'd want to know how much they fly... you need to understand their operating expenses and fuel consumption... I do know that they love flying themselves so its hard to imagine all the jets in the air at once! I also heard of donated medical transport by both of these guys, so lets try and get the facts first before we shape public opinion!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  210. o. lovelace

    they are getting paid to be hypocritical in a sense. they are so busy selling themselves more than singapore street walkers that I think they have no Idea whats going on. but would you care if you made the money they are making. seriously their are people working more than 100t times harder who don't make a tenth of what they are making. so really why would they ever care about the real problems affecting the rest of us.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  211. ckdarwin

    They would be mobbed taking any kind of public transit or even flying first class? They'd have no privacy. Although we all have to get around somehow, they could be conscience of what they drive, or what they choose to fly in. Those big expensive jets are unncessary, as are SUV's, and I think they should trade them in for something that makes sense.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  212. kenneth from houston

    Hypocrisy at it's best. Did you expect anything different? These "HIGH PROFILE CELEBRITIES" do whatever gets them money and popularity.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  213. JMZ/chino

    They do it cuz its the popular thing to say thats all. Just like the wannabe 'greenies' who chastize me if i throw a can away , but wont resuse anything/demand everything is brand new....just like the hypocites in cali where they claim to be for the enviroment yet i never see anyone walk and puplic trans. is a bad joke!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  214. Tomislav Milwaukee, WI

    What! Are you telling me that celebrities like to live more lavishly than the rest of us? Who would've thought that people who make more in one paycheck than most of us do in our lifetime enjoy spending excessive amounts of money for luxury. Jack its obvious that these celebrities are being hypocritical since they are fighting against global warming but still continue to use more resources than the average person. Apparently most of them have so much hubris they do not believe in participating in saving the planet. How unbelievable!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  215. Nick from Lewiston, ME

    Because most humans are ingrained with the belief that their individual actions don't matter in the context of the entire human race. Celebrities preach against global warming but drive their H2s three blocks to yoga class for the same reason that every American loves the institution of voting but a huge number never participate come election day. The human race is beset by a vast number of collective action problems. The fact of the matter is that humans won't do anything without a personal benefit or a consequence which outweighs inaction. Celebrities benefit their own image by pushing all that is green, but still use wasteful modes of transportation because they believe, just like everyone else, that what they do doesn't make a difference. They also know that most Americans are easily blinded by star power, and overlook the problems with their favorite celeb's support for a trendy cause.
    Until something provides an incentive for everyone, not just celebrities, to go green, only an active minority will truly work to reduce their carbon emissions. Until then, I think it's apparent that any famous person calling for change is simply looking for an image boost.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  216. Pablo B

    Its not about whether these people are not practicing what they are preaching. Its about spreading the word so that we all can have a common consciousness to help the planet.

    Yes obviously SUVs, Jets and indoor pools create a carbon footprint, but its minimal to the impact these people are having for the greater good. If you could get 1 Billion people to think like these people think, we could make the world a cleaner place.

    No one is perfect, but the try is worth commending.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  217. Joshua

    It's difficult to judge unless we know the "green" actions these celebrities take. For example, does Oprah purchase and perserve enough rain forest land to make up for her excess?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  218. Wing Chin

    Isn't this is called self-righteourness? Same for politicians and nations who take a high moral ground to point fingers at other nations and forget about theirs.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  219. Bill

    I try to be environmentally friendly as possible and encourage others to be as well; however, if I were to fly around in a private jet preaching energy conservation, I would have little to no impact because I’m not a celebrity. Therefore, my means of travel and the negative impact it would have on the environment would not outweigh the benefits of my mission. I think it’s great that these celebrities, who choose to fly around the world are advocating for green energy. Their impact far outweighs the negative impact their jets and SUVs may have on the environment.

    Billy H. Coatesville, Pennsylvania

    December 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  220. Katie

    Private jets emit as much pollution in one hour as an SUV does in a year! So as much as a pain as it is for celebrities to travel with their overzealous fans on a regular airliner, it seems that if they really cared about "being green" that they would do it much more frequently. Or they would consider "celebrity air-pooling" to reduce their obnoxious carbon footprints. Next time I hear another celebrity complain about people driving SUVs, while they continue to fly in private jets, I might just vomit.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  221. RIPScottBaio

    You want to get angry at someone, Jack? Get angry at all the people who would actually *take advice* on how to live their lives from CELEBRITIES. The very notion is a horror show to me. Celebrities are simply people who tend to look good on camera (but not always, I'm looking at you, Robin Williams!); they're not "gurus" descended from the next world to "save us from ourselves". Down with celebrities!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  222. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    That's why I don't listen to folks like Al Gore, if it's too good for them, then it's good for me. If the folks attending Copenhagen were really serious about the environment, wouldn't they teleconference instead of fly there?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  223. Jennifer L.

    This doesn't surprise me. Al Gore refuses to become a vegetarian while livestock production is the #1 contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. If you want to find an environmentalist celebrity with integrity look no further than Ed Begley Jr. He walks the walk–even when it's "inconvenient".

    December 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  224. Brian from Denver

    Well, Jack, of course it's hypocrisy! Just as it is hypocrisy that the United States and other industrially developed nations tell the developing nations to back off fossil fuels–the same fossil fuels that are crucial for industrial development! Everyone wants to be able to have their cake and eat it too, even if it's at everyone else's expense: "As long as I get to keep my private jet..."

    Now, I've never had the wealth to own a private jet, or any other such luxury item or lifestyle. I suspect that if I did get the means, I'd be hard-pressed to restrain it, and loath to give up those things once I'd acquired them. Ah, wealth! It's such a burden!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  225. Greg

    Carbon offsets? They are a scam, period.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  226. Christopher Clary

    The reason for this apparent disparity is because the celebrities view such things as necessities to living as a celebrity. They feel that by using their celebrity status to inform scores of non-celebrities about global warming and to lobby politicians to make a change in legislation they are making a difference in that way. Where the disconnect exists is they don't realize they are role models as celebrities and need to be the ones leading the change in personal habits.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  227. joe

    The real question should be : why do these airheads tell us how to do anything? Is it is not about singing or acting, then their opinion doesn't matter any more than a plumber telling me how to change a tire.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  228. Truth Be Told

    So, because they live the green life they can fudge on just this one thing? Hey, just this one thing OFFSETS all the green living they do and then some. They are just scum, like our President, Pelosi, Reid, John Edwards and the resy of the Liberal Democrats

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  229. Chris Kristek

    Why does the news media even pay attention to what these idiot celebrities have to say about any serious issues? Just report the news and leave this crap to the tabloids. Oh wait, I forgot, this is cable news. What was I thinking? Carry on.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  230. Bill in St Pete

    These so called "Celebrities" don't live in reality. Everyone knows this but them.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  231. Bubba likes it right

    You are getting warmer, what about,,,, Climategate?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  232. Jessica


    It's because these celebs think their activism off-sets the carbon footprint that they leave behind. They should all start taking public flights and using a bicycle or public transportation if they really want us to take them seriously.

    Buffalo, NY

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  233. Bob from PA

    I am not sure why these people are celebrities in the first place or why anyone should listen to what they are saying. They are entertainers period and should be viewed that way. The real issue here is we common folk tend to live our lives through other people. The issue is us, not them. They would not be where they are today, like the sports entertainers, the music entertainers, politicians, capitalist and the other elitist without us making dumb decisions to make them something they are not. Wake up people! Also, anyone thinking Global Warming is a hoax is at odds with the entire scientific community (people we should be listening to because they really have opinions that count) and do not travel and have experienced the changes. The earth has gone through many climate changes for many reasons, i.e. the last major ice age only ended 10,000 years ago. Drastic climate change has had dire catastrophic consequences for the life around at that time. We better be doing everything we can to stave this off or the future of the human race may be in jeopardy.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  234. Matthew

    We all seem to have a blind spot when looking in the mirror. Having said that, it is a good point that we, the rest of society, do rather force their hand by not being willing to let them (celebrities) be. The same applies to all of us. I'd like to ride my electric bike to work. I do ocassionally. But I don't do it regularly because the traffic makes it so hazardous and stressful. We all need to work together, as a society, to tread more lightly on mother earth. It is especially needful to close the gap between the rich and the poor. Societal stratification, based on abilities and hard work, is one thing. Having the priveledged few living in what almost amounts to a different universe while others die in abject poverty is quite another.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  235. Lisa

    Do as I say, not as I do. The rules don't apply to them. They are the few, so it is ok. Us unwashed masses are the real problem. Didn't you get the memo?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  236. Ruchi

    Oh well, the entire “green” and “save the environment” movement in the United States is a hoax. Why blame the celebrities? They are atleast trying to spread the right message. Can we live without our SUVs? That too one per person? That’s what private jets mean to them.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  237. Amy in Dallas, TX

    Those figures on Gore's energy consumption are outdated. Since buying the house after he left office, Gore added a number of energy-efficient improvements, and the house is now LEED-certified. And several months ago, when Gore traveled to Austin to speak at a conference, he flew Southwest Airlines, coming and going.

    However, I agree with Brian that climate change will happen only when being green hits the bottom line. For better or worse, there's no greater motivator in this country than money.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  238. Frank Vero

    where's the Bono Indictment...
    or has he tired of "playing jesus to the lepers in his head"?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  239. Eric

    There are a few reasons 1)Do as I say not as I do-These "stars" are the America's royalty and they need to remain relavent or they will not be getting paid any longer. 2)They see all of their buddies doing it so it must be good-They want to hang with the "in" crowd and get paid in the good parts. 3)They are imperious to common folk-They think that because they have achieved stardom that the rules no longer apply to them.

    The global warming is a myth. Global Cooling is a myth. Climate change is what happens by nature in cycles. To think that we are the cause of this is absolutely egotastic. Please understand that this is simply a tax to get the US to keep paying after our foreign aide dries up. We need to take care of ourselves before we take care of others or else we will not be able to take care of others any longer.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  240. Thomas

    I'm thinking steve in virginia is correct. The sooner oil is gone, the sooner we will have to address the problem.

    At any rate, just because the messenger may be a touch hypocritical, doesn't make the message invalid. Although that seems to be lost on a large percentage of the responses here.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  241. Gregory Miami Beach, FL

    Hippocrites in religion, goverment, and hollywood have always role played their way to success. Why stop now that have global warming?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  242. tony ferraro

    great article! i wish it had more viewership and I sincerely appreciate that CNN has allowed it to be published given its bent.

    Just because someone has a microphone in front of them does not make them an expert at anything. Typically, celebrities get sound byte tours of feel good non-profits looking for a face to pitch their cause. they have little more evidence of what is really going on than the average American. Unfortunately, many cause organizations do not seem to do a very good job of vetting their spokespeople and special speakers to insure they actually care about the issue and not just the honorarium.

    Nice work!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  243. Dennis

    Why has CNN completely ignored the melt down of the Global Warming hoax that these hyporites claim to support? The story is developing on an hourly basis. Wouldn't it be good news that humans don't affect the climate and trillions of dollars don't need to be thrown down a rat hole?

    December 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  244. Abimael Fuentes

    its a big difference in going green rich and going green poor. when you go green poor you use your bicycle to go to work but when you go green rich you use a rocket to go to the supermarket.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  245. JMZ/chino

    jkubie- uh yes the fact that al gore dosent follow his own bs DIRECTLY impacts his argument. HELLO! HOw van you claim to be 'enviromentally friendly' if you dont follow the bs rules you set up. more and more theis 'global warming' hoax is becomming more and more obvious. I have yet to see or hear about half these greenies including yer al gore do anything but talk...if they are so concerned then all yer lil hippies need to grab a shovel, plant a tree, plant yer own food, resuse a jar, grow something raise a chicken..something. but i know you wont..its too easy to just talk and blame others. Oh yeah btw. some of the biggest conservationists are these evil repub that hunt and live in the midwest

    December 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  246. jmack

    Of course celebrities are hypocrites, that's why nobody listens to the hot gas they spew.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  247. Pat


    I normally think you ask good questions but this time you sound like Fox news. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have probably put out more pollutions than all the things that you mentioned.

    By reading the comments, there are still of people that do not want to accept the shape that the world in is - the earth is cooling! Is an unbelievable statement.

    By the way I would not put all of the celebrities you mentioned in the same boat. It was hard to believe that someone was complaining about how much the president has traveled in the past 6 months.


    December 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  248. jeff jackson, alabama

    Celebrities are hypocrites concerning everything.
    What applies to others they are exempt from.
    #1 Letterman calling Palin a slut and slamming
    her daughter while he is boinking a girl less than
    half his age.
    #2 Countless actors slamming industrialists about
    globel warming while driving full size IMPORT S.U.V.s.
    that don't have to meet domestic standards.
    #3 Countless actors who are in their third,fourth,fifth,
    sixth, and seventh marriages slamming politicians
    who get caught up in an affair.
    #4 Don't even want to get into the drug problems
    so many of these whiners have.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  249. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Jack thats called a two faced hipocrit such as Al Gore.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  250. Jon

    Why does it matter? Its not like anyone who is intellectually capable really gives a damn what celebrities say or think or do. Celebrities can be notoriously hypocritical, but we notice that because of the fact that they are just that: celebrities. We are all hypocrites in one way or another. Of course, this doesn't excuse them of their hypocrisy, its just that this isn't that big of a deal to me because what Tom Cruise or any other celebrity thinks is not intellectually stimulating, in my humble opinion. Tom Cruise can jump on as many couches as he wants to, and I will still ignore him.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  251. doug from Huntsville, Al

    The rich have always dictated how the little peeons should have to live and suffer under rules they themselves don't have to follow. Thank God the President don't have to listen to these arrogant narcissistic fools...oh wait...he does...never mind.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  252. Sanjay from Chicago

    They fly around in private jets because they are not preaching AGAINST global warming, they are preaching FOR it. It's much easier to keep their nice tans if it's 90 degrees year round.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  253. Bill

    Who cares what they do. They will do it no matter if we approve of it or not. When you got the cash, what difference does it make? Face it, you are not a member of the party so stop complaining and start thanking the government for the life you have.....

    December 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  254. Allan from NJ

    Your first two examples of celebrities with airplanes are PILOTS themselves, Travolta and Ford. Of course they have several planes, they are millionaires who are in love with flying. Having more then one plane doesn't mean they are simultaneously flying them all around at once. Not to mention the efficiency of flying of a biz jet. The TSA has done a wonderful job of making regular airports a complete mess.

    Lay off the business jets please Jack. The media has destroyed that sector enough.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm |