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Elon Musk, the billionaire chief executive of Tesla, ripped into President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris climate change accord.
But the skinny is this: He did it all the while flying here and there, out and about, aboard his private jet. His private, greenhouse gas emitting jet.
“Am departing presidential councils,” Musk tweeted, in an apparent snit over Trump’s refusal to commit the United States to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-to-28 percent of 2005 production levels.
He went on, as Breitbart noted: “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
How about jetting about from business meeting to business meeting in a private fuel-consuming, pollution emitting jet? Is that good for America?
Is that good for the world?
Sen. Ted Cruz was quick to note the hypocrisy.
“In support of Paris, CA billionaires pledge to never again fly private, will only fly commercial. J/K — will quit symbolic councils instead,” Cruz tweeted.
Bingo. That’s the problem right there with leftists — and particularly, with leftists of the environmentalist in nature. Few, if any, abide by their own preachings.
Note to left: The whole climate change movement would probably be easier for Americans to stomach and digest if it wasn’t being sold from the gas-guzzling insides of a Democratic Party pol’s tinted-window SUV caravan.
Want to prove to Americans that greenhouse gasses kill?
Stop driving vehicles. Or, more to truth, stop having limousine drivers and car service drivers taxi you around. Walk. Bike ride.
Gasp — bus.
Want to sell America on the idea that climate change is real, and manufacturers and energy-grabbing producers are to blame?
Stop using air conditioners to cool. Quit turning up the electric thermostats for heat. Make a paper fan. Hire someone to wave it. Wear an extra sweater — pull on some indoor snow pants. Huddle.
Want to make clear tree-clearing is an evil — homebuilding an environmental disaster?
Stop living in traditionally built homes. Give up the gated communities. Abstain from buying mansions. Tree forts — that’s where you want to be. Environmentally sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing, all in one. Think: no power lines, no neighbor complaints about their views being restricted by ugly utility lines.
It’s all in the image, dear Democrats.
If you want to talk it, you have to walk it. And really, expecting hard-working America to swallow hook, line and sinker a climate change, greenhouse gas emission regulatory accord like the one billed in Paris requires the holders of the hooks, lines and sinkers to go first.
Give up the private jets — maybe we’ll give up some cars. But once again: You first.