Mercifully, Mike Bloomberg has decided (for the moment) not to throw his name into the hat for a bid at the White House. Last week the former Mayor of NYC gave the commencement address at MIT, where, writes the Manhattan Contrarian, MB used the occasion to “proselytize for huge action of some kind to ‘save the planet’ from the climate crisis:”
[O]ur most important and pressing mission – your generation’s mission – . . . is to save our own planet. . . . The race we are in is against time, and we are losing. And with each passing year, it becomes clearer just how far behind we’ve fallen, how fast the situation is deteriorating, and how tragic the results can be. . . . If left unchecked, the climate change crisis threatens to destroy oceanic life that feeds so many people on this planet. It threatens to breed war by spreading drought and hunger. It threatens to sink coastal communities, devastate farms and businesses, and spread disease. . . .
How to Save the Planet via Bloomberg
Is Michael Bloomberg a vegan? Does he practice a reduced-waste lifestyle? Does he drive an environmentally-friendly car?
Reports Francis Menton (the Manhattan Contrarian):
Climate Depot had a report back in February about Mayor Mike’s carbon footprint, which makes those of other climate activists like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio look puny by comparison:
- a $30 million Dassault Falcon private jet that Bloomberg flies back and forth to Bermuda a couple of times a month
- an Agusta SPA A109s six-seater helicopter that burns 72 gallons of fuel for each hour of use
- a high-performance Audi R8 sports car
- ten houses, including a 12,500 square foot double townhouse in Manhattan, a 6,000 square foot place in Bermuda, and of course, a 22,000 square foot place in the Hamptons
- and so forth.
According to Climate Depot: “A flight in a private jet generates an estimated 37 times more carbon emissions than the same trip on a commercial flight. And Bloomberg’s six-seat chopper burns a jaw-dropping 72 gallons of fuel every hour.”
On Tuesday, Bloomberg acknowledged that he wasn’t anywhere near going vegan, listing a litany of animal proteins he still packs away, from fish to fast-food burgers. In fact, just hours after his appearance, Bloomberg was spotted in Nashua, NH with a slice of pepperoni pizza, loaded with cheese.
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