Wealthy Activists Rely On Fossil Fuels To Get To Macron’s Climate Summit

Politicians, celebrities, and liberal philanthropists have converged on Paris for a summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron to take “concrete action” against global warming.

Macron’s event comes on the two-year anniversary of the Paris climate accord, which nearly 200 countries signed in 2015. Now, with the U.S. planning to withdraw from the deal, Macron wants to isolate President Donald Trump and show the world is moving on without him.

Trump wasn’t invited to the “One Planet Summit,” but Macron did invite North American politicians and philanthropists who stand against the U.S. president on the Paris accord.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Canadian environment minister Catherine McKenna were all in attendance.

Those individuals would have had to fly to Paris, resulting in the very carbon dioxide emissions they are trying to prevent.

Gates, for example, would have had to fly all the way from Washington state. Even assuming he didn’t fly a private jet, a first-class round-trip flight between Seattle and Paris would emit 5 tons of carbon dioxide.

Under similar assumptions, Bloomberg’s first class flight from New York City to Paris, and back, would result in about 3.8 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s equivalent to a single home’s energy usage for about 6 months.

Wealthy environmental activists have come under fire recently for flying private jets to climate summits, like the one in Paris in 2015. That summit actually took place at Europe’s busiest private jet airport.

Ironically, the Paris summit likely had the largest carbon footprint of any U.N. climate summit. One estimate put the summits emissions at than 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide, thanks to all the national leaders that attended.

The U.N. purchased “credits” to offset their emissions, and the French government has partnered up with an environmental group to do the same for the current summit.

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    Sonnyhill

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    They can fly there. Make them walk home.

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      Tom Clark

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      Make them walk home? but they’d all get lost.

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        Sonnyhill

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        We wish.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Wealthy actvists like Al Bore,Leonardo DiCaprio,John Travolta,Robert Kennedy Jr Laurie David and Travolta has a 707 and lets not forget Prince Chucky

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    Amber

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    Some of the biggest hypocrites on the planet in one room . On the other hand their massive emission of CO2 is helping to green the planet so please carry on . President Trump is 100% correct and he prefers to solve real problems.

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    JayPee

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    Such hypocrisy and gorging on other people’s money.
    Maybe some of them are considering a candidacy for
    POPE !

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    Sonnyhill

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    Everyone knows that they could do these confabs by video conference. Why don’t they?
    They could make a point just by doing so, set a good example to billions of little people.
    So, why don’t they?
    Are they so impressed with themselves that they’ll own the obvious hypocrisy just to get in the group picture together. They must explain themselves.
    Tell us that they don’t whisper off the record. Nudge nudge wink wink. No electronic records,eh?
    The MSM is giving them a free pass on this. Some of them are there, too, all expenses paid.

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      Dave

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      What? And miss out on those photo ops? Never.
      It’s all about the PR. Which leads to research contracts. And big money from donors.
      I mean the planet. Darnit. It’s all about the planet.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Hollywoods full of these Eco-Hypoycrits like James Cameron director of that crap movie Avatar telling us we need to do with less with his collection of motorcars planes yachts and even submarines

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