Are Brad Pitt and George Clooney saving the world?

October 4th, 2008
George Clooney and his Tango

George Clooney and his Tango

Few things in life delight me as much as irony.

And when the topic turns to celebrities and their cars, the fodder is nearly unending.

Especially when the talk is about celebrities who ‘go green.’

It’s hard to count the number of celebs who have been seen tooling around tinsel town in a Prius. A few of them are: Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Billy Joel and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Going a step further, George Clooney owns two electric vehicles; a Tango and a Tesla.

Alanis Morisette teamed up with Mercedes and was hooked up with an E320 BlueTec.

While I admire the image these people are trying to convey, I can see through the smoke screen and take a look at the real environmental impact they are making.

While a trip to the grocery store in a Prius might make a great tabloid cover shot, the trip to Namibia in a private jet is kept a bit quieter.

Yet when Brad Pitt jets off to Africa, he flies in a private jet and burns 11,000 gallons of jet fuel to travel about 9,000 miles. Let’s see… what is that… 0.8 miles per gallon? Way to save the Earth, Brad!

Burning 11,000 gallons of fuel in a Prius could get Pitt all the way to the MOON.

And most of the way back.

It’s the same story with other celebs, though props go to Leo DiCaprio for flying commercial airlines whenever possible.  

Aside from the private jets, the cars many of these people owned before making the switch to hybrid means they have a lot of ground to make up before their carbon footprint evens out.

For example, Cameron Diaz had a Porsche 911 Carrera and a Mercedes SL. Brad Pitt has been seen in an Audi Q7 and a Nissan Quest (yup, a minivan for Mr. Cool).

And now anti-establishment rocker Alanis Morisette drives an eco-friendly diesel? As her song goes, isn’t it ironic!

So what do you think: Are celebs in eco-friendly cars driving them for the Earth or treating them as fashion accessories?

-tgriffith

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