Hypocrisy Watch

25 03 2007

From the Daily Mail (UK):

John Ashton, whose role is to persuade other countries to reduce CO2 emissions, has made so many foreign trips by air in his job that his carbon footprint is already 30 times bigger than the UK average.

Figures obtained under Freedom of Information legislation show he has flown more than 80,000 miles since his appointment last June.

If he continues at this pace, he will clock up an annual mileage equivalent to flying five times round the globe.

The 50-year-old former diplomat’s travels have taken him to climate-change conferences in Moscow, Stockholm, Beijing, Washington, Chicago, Berlin, Houston, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Bombay, Delhi, Nairobi and Copenhagen.

On five of his trips he accompanied Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, who was responsible for his appointment.

By the end of his first year in office, Mr Ashton’s travel schedule will have added 22.3 tons to his personal carbon footprint, compared with the average Briton’s 0.7 tons.

For Globular Warmingists, what’s good for the goose isn’t good enough for the gander.

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