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Caroline “Do As I Say, Not Do” Lucas

January 9, 2019

By Paul Homewood

Labour’s plans to increase green taxes on air flights will doubtlessly go down well with Caroline Lucas, our only Green MP.

It was Lucas who a few years ago notoriously called air travel “as bad as knifing a person in the street”, as the Mail reported:

A leading politician has sparked outrage by comparing people who fly to Spain on holiday with knife-wielding criminals.

Caroline Lucas has been a fierce opponent of the proposed third runway at Heathrow.

Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, suggested that travellers who regularly jet off to the Costas are threatening the lives of others – and do as much damage as thugs who stab people in the street.

Ms Lucas, who is also a Member of the European Parliament, made the controversial comment during a televised ITV debate about plans for a proposed third runway at Heathrow. She also hit out ‘binge flying’ and people who have second homes abroad.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1169862/Air-travel-bad-stabbing-person-street-says-MEP.html

That was in 2009. Two years ago, Guido discovered that the hard left Caroline evidently thought the rules did not apply to her:

 

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Green Party leader Caroline Lucas flew in business class to Washington yesterday on a gasoline guzzling, CO2 spurting aeroplane which dumped almost a tonne of carbon into the atmosphere. A spokesman for Lucas confirmed to Guido that she flew on British Airways and said:

Caroline is in Washington DC on a work visit with the Environmental Audit Committee. Travel was arranged by the [Environmental Audit] Committee.”

A popular carbon footprint calculator states an average flight from London to Washington pumps out 0.92 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – equivalent to 4 months average C02 emissions by a household. In 2009 Lucas compared holidaymakers flying to Spain to thugs stabbing people in the street:

“When asked if flying to Spain was as bad as knifing a person in the street, Ms Lucas said: ‘Yes – because they are dying from climate change.’”

https://order-order.com/2017/03/28/bad-atmosphere-caroline-lucas-flies-washington/

 

Not only did she fly to Washington, she even had the nerve to go business class.

 

And that was not her only trip to the US that year. According to the Register of Interests, in June she attended a tin pot nuclear disarmament conference in New York, with her travel paid for by CND:

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https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/171211/lucas_caroline.htm 

I assume she did not swim there!

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25 Comments
  1. Silverback permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:01 pm

    Odious woman.

  2. Peter F Gill permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:12 pm

    It is a mistake to be as sloppy as the papers. I imagine that the actual calculation of the “carbon footprint” for such a flight in Business Class is something like generation of circa 2.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent to (12/46)*2.6 = roughly 0.7 tonnes carbon per person. Of course the whole flight releases rather more as generally there are few more people than Caroline on such a flight. Those who worry about such things would probably point out correctly that rather more water per person is released to the atmosphere too.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      January 9, 2019 3:46 pm

      But since water vapour is also a greenhouse gas …

      • Peter F Gill permalink
        January 9, 2019 4:03 pm

        @MikeJ: Yes really the only one in town. By the way you didn’t notice my 46 instead of 44 in my calc. So both of us were asleep.

  3. Nick Dekker permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:13 pm

    Don’t be silly.

  4. howardpaul permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:13 pm

    “Green” and “hypocrite” are synonyms.

  5. HotScot permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:14 pm

    From WUWT. A thoughtful contributor posted this. Very well worth watching. You con tick off the similarities as you go through it:

  6. The Man at the Back permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:15 pm

    Oh! have a heart Paul – she probably rowed across.

  7. Joe Public permalink
    January 9, 2019 3:43 pm

    Is that the same Caroline Lucas who refuses to accept the outcome of the Brexit referendum, but harangued the Spanish to grant its Catalonians a referendum?

  8. Dave Ward permalink
    January 9, 2019 4:27 pm

    “Which dumped almost a tonne of carbon”

    “0.92 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent”

    Well what is it then?
    “Carbon” (aka soot), “Carbon dioxide equivalent” (whatever that is), or plain old CO2. I’m getting sick of the ignorance shown by the media, and the Greens when tackling this subject. They always talk about “Carbon”, because (presumably) it sounds dirty, when in reality it’s just harmless gas, essential for life on planet earth. And, as Mike Jackson points out, water vapour is also involved, and THAT never gets a mention…

    • Joe Public permalink
      January 9, 2019 4:48 pm

      Alternatively use “Carbon” (aka diamond) to increase the perception of value. 😉

      • Radical Rodent permalink
        January 9, 2019 5:37 pm

        Also, carbon (graphite) is worth taking note of…

    • Bidefordcamel permalink
      January 9, 2019 10:26 pm

      Dave, it’s not really about the science, or lack of it, in the Warmists’ argument. What matters is the world vision politics of the illiberal left that wants to control our behaviour to fit their political agenda. Well that’s my view.

  9. alexei permalink
    January 9, 2019 4:50 pm

    There must be a few others still alive like me who clearly remember Ms Lucas some 15-20 years ago ardently espousing an anti-EU platform, along with the likes of Tony Benn…..somewhere along the line she did a volte face, a bit like William Hague. One wonders what caused such a change of mind.

  10. Saighdear permalink
    January 9, 2019 4:56 pm

    ?? Since I didn’t hear about her swimming or rowing back, did she WALK or cycle, then? – or hitch a lift with someone? seems the way the greenblob do things – always cadging a lift… Aye man , here we go again, another year……………..

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 10, 2019 2:00 pm

      Interesting link.

      ‘I thought as the Government was backing it, everything would have been fine.’

      Obviously many people still have a lot to learn about our government and that trusting government – at any level – is generally a bad idea.

  11. Malcolm Skipper permalink
    January 9, 2019 5:14 pm

    DO AS I SAY

    Do we know how many of our legislators (MPs) (a) have smart meters and (b) use electric cars for business and pleasure?

  12. January 9, 2019 5:36 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    It’s clear they’re is no crisis and that this is manufactured as a power/cash grab. We, the people, demand an audit of where the trillions have gone to faceless NGO’s and green troughers. Where’s the money coming from Caroline?

  13. January 9, 2019 6:39 pm

    she even had the nerve to go business class

    Would she have the nerve to rub shoulders with the flying masses after the knife outburst?

  14. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 9, 2019 7:55 pm

    At that price I assume her CoS did not fly Business Class.

  15. Ian Terry permalink
    January 9, 2019 8:14 pm

    Caroline Lucas aka The Kipper.

    Two faced and gutless when it comes to implementing her actual party policies.

    But that is the green crap brigade all ovet

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