Friday, March 30, 2007

COME ON JOHN!


At what point do we hold people responsible to back up what they say? As followers of Christ we do our best to represent our Savior well. The life lived is as important as the message given. If there is a disconnect then the witness is damaged. This is true for everyone and every cause. I would never be the one to advocate doing away with aspartame, as my Diet Coke intake would betray my message, and people would call me on it. I wonder these days if the only group that can say one thing and do another without consequence is the Global Warming crowd? We know that Al Gore has been shown to be a major user and abuser of energy with his lifestyle and that seems to be OK with everyone. The Godfather of the movement gets a pass.

Now we have John Travolta in Britain promoting his movie "Wild Hogs". While there he felt the need to expound beyond the limits of the movie and entertainment as all celebrities seem want to do these days. He said this about Global Warming;

"It [global warming] is a very valid issue," Travolta declared. "I'm wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities. Everyone can do their bit. But I don't know if it's not too late already. We have to think about alternative methods of fuel."

He then gave the requisite qualifier for his being a pilot, admitting he flew planes. He failed to mention that he actually owns five and has his own private runway. He has "clocked up at least 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months means he has produced an estimated 800 tons of carbon emissions – nearly 100 times the average Briton's tally." This means that, over the past 12 months, he has accumulated around 800 tonnes of carbon emissions. There is more;

"According to a recent study by the government-funded Carbon Trust, this means he boasts a carbon "footprint" nearly 100 times that of the average Briton, who is responsible for 10.92 tons of Co2, from his flights alone.
One of the world's leading climate change businesses, the Carbon Neutral Company, has written to Travolta, suggesting ways he could reduce these alarming levels."

Now I do not care if he flies every hour of every day, that is his prerogative. But he should not be out on the stump lecturing people on Global Warming, nor should he even be answering questions the way he does. His lifestyle betrays his lips, but that is not unusual when Hollywood begins to try to weigh in on the issues of the day. Particularly as it relates to Global Warming. Although I do have a title for a movie Mr. Travolta could star in, "Global Warming Fiction", the title says it all as does this blogs picture of his home!

blog you later,
pastor tom
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