Well, the Virgin Atlantic founder and billionaire didn’t literally say what the title implies, but is there any other way to take a statement like this from a man who made his fortune spewing jet fumes into the atmosphere?
“There are some of us who believe that the problem of warming is as bad as the First and Second World Wars combined,” Branson told TIME in a recent interview at the climate summit in Copenhagen. “It’s that serious, and you know the key is carbon, [but] there’s no war room coordinating the attack on carbon.
“So, Branson has taken it upon himself â€” unsurprisingly â€” to lead the charge against carbon
A Jew in a concentration camp — watching Al Gore fudge the numbers and harping about global warming during a blizzard while Richard Branson rakes in cash from a business that spews carbon into the atmosphere and saying we need to find a way to get rid of carbon emissions — might disagree that the problem is as bad as both world wars combined.
And how exactly is Branson taking it upon himself to lead the charge against carbon? By shutting down his airline? Oh hell no — with the Carbon War Room — another circle-jerk think-tank with members hell-bent to solve a “crisis” of questionable validity at best while not altering their own behavior and passing the expense of whatever it is they come up with on to you.
The world is growing more skeptical by the day of these environmental saviors who speak of sacrifice but refuse to offer any real sacrifice of their own — and I don’t consider paying a few bucks so somebody can plant a tree in their carbon honor to be “sacrifice.”
Besides, “carbon offsets” is always a one-way street. For example, can we all write to Richard Branson and tell him to ground all his flights for one day so we can mow our lawns and run our leaf-blowers? That would be an “offset.” But no — offsetting Richard Branson and Al Gore’s carbon emissions is your responsibility as a global citizen. Asking them to offset yours isâ€¦ proof-positive you need to cut back on your energy consumption.
Sir Richard, if the man-made global warming problem is as bad as you say it is — and two World Wars and millions dead is a pretty scary comparison — then you will ground all Virgin flights effective immediately in the name of mankind until a cleaner fuel is developed. If your comparison is valid, then you continue to spend your professional life not only aiding and abetting Kaiser Wilhelm, the Nazis and Imperial Japan, but wildly profiting from doing so.
What the Richard Bransons and the Al Gores of the world need to do to convince more of us that there’s a very real and urgent threat that could render mankind extinct is simple: Behave as if they believe their own doomsday story. So far, they don’t appear to. It’s also bad salesmanship. If Chicken Little is going around in a panic telling everybody that motor scooters are making the sky fall, more people will believe him if he doesn’t make those claims while riding a motor scooter.
In the spirit of post World War I sentiment, let’s make Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore the “Hypocrites to End All Hypocrites” — but we can’t do it without their help. Don’t hold your breath (wait, on second thought, do hold your breath).