Baby you can fly my car

Via West Virginia Rebel, the Telegraph reports:

Sir Paul McCartney is said to be “horrified” that his new eco-friendly car was flown 7,000 miles from Japan.

The Lexus LS600H, which costs £ 84,000, was a gift from Lexus to the 65-year-old former Beatle, who helped promote the hybrid vehicle.
But instead of arriving by boat as expected, the car was flown to Britain on a Korean Air flight, creating a carbon footprint almost 100 times bigger than if it had come by sea….

Carbon offsetting firm said the plane journey would have caused a carbon footprint of 38,050kg, compared to 397kg for a three-week boat journey…. Director Mike Rigby said: “That is the equivalent of driving the car around the world six times.”

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8 thoughts on “Baby you can fly my car

  1. -Dave

    Best part of the article…
    Headline: “Sir Paul McCartney is said to be horrified…”
    Text of article: “A source is reported to have said … ‘Hell be horrified after learning it was delivered by plane.’”
    Headline: … is …
    Text: … will be …
    We live in a wonderous country that attributes speculated feelings to a celebrity as though the opinions have already been offered. Genius.

  2. marco

    a 747 freighter, japan to uk, uses roughly 150,000 litres of fuel which equals 360tonnes of co2.
    the 747 carries 120 tonnes of freight, so you can only attribute 2% of the ‘carbon’ footprint to a 2.5 tonne car, or 7,500kg not 38,000kg.
    still a bit of a waste but almost an order of magnitude different from our ‘carbon offset’ friends. what a suprise.

  3. Anonymous

    Mike Rigby? Rigby? Are you kidding me? Did Sgt. Pepper fly the plane? Sounds like a big PR scam to me. Are they keeping in the news to work a re-release of their hits with former owner of the Neverland property?

  4. Jim Glass

    Sobs for Paul, but…
    That car costs $155,000, has a 5-liter V-8 engine and goes 155 mph burning gas.
    I’m not sure how much credit it really deserves for its “eco friendliness”. ;-)
    It probably felt entitled to fly first-class.

  5. E. Poole

    Yeah. Environmental aesthetics can be such a tough contract.

    The [North American cut only] Yesterday and Today album contains a bunch of great songs from that period of the Beatles. Among others: Day Tripper. If Sir McCartney had only known what lay ahead in reference to his now handsomely rich 2nd wife….

    Unlucky in love, bad at enviro ‘feel good’ politics? [i dunno... ]

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