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    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    HYPOCRISY, HYPE OR THE RIGHT THING?

    Celebs Who Claim They're Green but Guzzle Gas
    October 18, 2006 (tmz.com via Drudge Report)
    - Hybrid cars are all the rage in Hollywood. Celebrities drive them like they're a badge of honor. You save a few gallons of gas, you save the planet. Right? Well, not when you hop on a private jet and burn enough fuel to propel NASCAR through 2050.

    - Of course, the stars need to go here and there. The location shoots, the fabulous vacations, etc. But that's why God created United Airlines. G-IV's, on the other hand, were created in the image of precious celebs…
    - Julia Roberts…drives a Prius, which gets (at best) 60 miles to the gallon, shaving 30 miles off a normal car's mpg…Chicago/LA, 1,749 miles in a private jet, the route she took with Rupert Everett while shooting "My Best Friend's Wedding"…
    - Jennifer Lopez…tools around in her 60 miles-per-gallon Prius…LA /New York, 2,475 miles in a private jet…

    - George Clooney…favors a Tango, an electric car that gets a whopping 135 miles to the charge…Los Angeles/Tokyo, 5500 miles in a private jet…
    - Brad Pitt…another Prius-lover, and he reportedly has several hybrids in his stable…Los Angeles/Namibia, 9,400 miles in a private jet…
    - Leo DiCaprio…drives a Toyota Prius…flies just like us folk -- commercial, unless he positively must fly private because of scheduling…

    These are not examples of hypocrisy. These are examples designed by Leo DiCaprio’s management to make him look a little different than the others. But:
    1. “My Best Friend’s Wedding” was made in 1996-97 and the Toyota Prius wasn’t available in the US until 2001.
    2. YOU commute to Namibia by commercial airliner.
    3. People like Lopez and Clooney and DiCaprio don’t work and travel in ways commercial flights are scheduled. Like DiCaprio, most travel according to the dictates of their schedule and available transport.

    Kudos to people who use their affluence and fame to publicize something better than bling!

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