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Celebs Who Claim They're Green but Guzzle Gas

10/18/2006 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hybrid cars are all the rage in Hollywood. Celebrities drive them like they're a badge of honor. You save a few gallons of gas, you save the planet. Right? Well, not when you hop on a private jet and burn enough fuel to propel NASCAR through 2050.

Of course, the stars need to go here and there. The location shoots, the fabulous vacations, etc. But that's why God created United Airlines. G-IV's, on the other hand, were created in the image of precious celebs.

Julia Roberts

On the ground: Roberts drives a Prius, which gets (at best) 60 miles to the gallon, shaving 30 miles off a normal car's mpg.
In the air: Chicago/LA, 1,749 miles in a private jet, the route she took with Rupert Everett while shooting "My Best Friend's Wedding."
Gas guzzled: 2,100 gallons of jet fuel.
Prius Penance: Julia would have to drive 30,000 miles, or roughly once around the earth and then some to even out her consumption in the air.
So Julia says: No word yet from Julia's rep.

Jennifer Lopez

On the ground:
J-Lo tools around in her 60 miles-per-gallon Prius.
In the air: LA /New York, 2,475 miles in a private jet. Lopez was actually sued by a private jet company for allegedly skipping out on the bill, though she says it's all a misunderstanding and she was not supposed to be billed.
Gas guzzled: 2,750 gallons of jet fuel.
Prius penance:
She'd have to drive 45,000 miles, and that's a lot longer for Jenny than just going down the block. It's actually more like twice around the earth.
So Jennifer says: There was no comment from Lopez's rep.

George Clooney

On the ground: George favors a Tango, an electric car that gets a whopping 135 miles to the charge.
In the air: Los Angeles/Tokyo, 5500 miles in a private jet.
Gas guzzled:
7,000 gallons of jet fuel.
Electric shocker: Even with his super-saver Tango, he'll have to drive over 57 oceans -- Pacific Oceans to break even.
So George says: Clooney's rep, publicist Stan Rosenfield, tells TMZ, "You clearly have no understanding of certain people's need for private transport," and points out that Clooney often has "no control" over his travel schedule.

Brad Pitt gets off his private jetBrad Pitt

On the ground:
Eco-champ Brad is yet another Prius-lover, and he reportedly has several hybrids in his stable.
In the air: Los Angeles/Namibia, 9,400 miles in a private jet.
Gas guzzled:
11,000 gallons of jet fuel.
Prius penance: Brad burned enough fuel to take a Prius to the moon.
So Brad says: Pitt didn't have any comment. His rep tells TMZ that Pitt is out of the country.

Leo fueling his PriusAnd the true-blue Green Award goes to ... Leo DiCaprio.

On the ground: Leo drives a Toyota Prius
In the air: Leo flies just like us folk -- commercial, unless he positively must fly private because of scheduling.
Prius penance: None.


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R Black    

Who makes the best lawyers? Those that know the most about the appropriate law or most about the presiding the judge?

My wife was once asked how she could in good conscious wear her White Azurine Mink Coat. Without hesitation she replied "it quit bothering me so much when I could afford to buy one".

Fuel is a tool that powers conveyance. Most people that are concerned about its consumption are bothered by either its cost, or do they have enought to get to their intended destination.

I would wager the majority of the folks that disdain the use of fossil fuels have know idea about the environmental effects of some of the alternatives. They would never place into their body temples anything that was not organic , but then they would turn around and burn the hell out of ethanol distilled from heavily fertilized and genetically engineered corn and soy beans.

I surmise those that express "green attitudes" toward less fuel consumptiion are really motivated just as the rest of us by do I have enough to get there, how fast, and in the case of non celebrities or the financialy challanged how much does it cost.

By the way we fly in jets because they are fast.

We drive big cars so we can load all up all our other crap that probably will end up in a land fill.

I ain't no prophet or physicist, but I bet I do a far better job than most of putting the strings together.

That is my colloqial expression that everything is connected and most just don't get it.

The guy that wrote Soylent Green might have hit on the best solution to the whole mess.

2888 days ago

mike burns    

Come on. Saving fuel is for the little people. Aristocracy don't live by the same rules. Just ask Congress about social security.

2888 days ago

Greg M    

Why let the hypocracy stop with their gas consumption? How many of these Hollywood nits b and m about "big business" but then make multi million dollar deals? How many talk about the poor and then fly to their own private Islands? How many bemoan the evils of capitalism and then rush to their balls and awards shows and take home hundreds if thousands in gifts and jewelry.

These people are the burgeous (sp) of Marxism. Socialism for all the little people, but champagne and caviar for the priviledged and elite.

Look no further than Bono for crying out loud. Preach about the poor, but then he shelters all his income and pays no taxes.

Tax everyone...except them. I'll take all of them serious when they sell off their assetts, give it all to the poor, and move into a nice humble little home next door to the rest of us.

2888 days ago

Sayno ToHollyweird    

The hot air from these poorly educated morons does more damage to the world than my 69 Road Runner and its 528 Hemi. These people live in fantasyland. They are not experts in anything, and yet their views are publicized all the time.

Just because they can act doesn't mean their political views are more important than those of truck drivers or accountants.

2888 days ago


This is nonsense thinking. Just because someone does something "green" does not magically obligate them to do everything "green". Where does it stop? Should we rag on these celebs because they tried to do something positive? If a celeb drives a "green" car are they now obligated to become a vegetarian? Do they have to join PETA now because they happened to like driving a Prius? If a celeb recycles aluminum cans do they also now have to wash all their plastic bags and reuse them over and over again? These people do not deserve to be publically ridiculed because they drive a fuel saving vehicle but don't have a compost pile. Sure Jet's are wasteful and it would be great if rich people spent all their money on making life better for us poor people by investing in the development of more effective forms of transportation. But it's unrealistic and certainly not their responsibility. I for one think all the people that have been singled out here are good kind hearted folks who happen to have great jobs and make lot's of money. I think it's great that they chose to drive "green" cars (probably comps anyway) but that is no reason to expect them to live a 100% green lifestyle or become some sort of spokesperson for the green movement.

2888 days ago


C'mon folks. The fact that celebs have to travel as much as they do is no excuse. You measure the seriousness of a person's commitments by how well s/he lives up to them--even when it's inconvenient to do so. The fact is: these celebs have chosen lives that make it virtually impossible to live up to the commitments they so arrogantly display in public. Stick to acting and stop pontificating.

2888 days ago

chad smith    

Many celebrities give more to charities that help the environment than many people will make in a lifetime. They lead by example by driving hybrid cars and that tells millions around the world that it is okay and cool enough to drive a hybrid. I agree that flying commercial could save gas for many of the trips they take but often there schedules do't allow for waiting through security and layovers. It would take several days to fly to Nambia with several layovers commercially, it is ridiculous think that those with a better option wouldn't take it. Look at the money most of these actors give away and then judge them, better yet judge yourselves.

2888 days ago


Who really cares?

2888 days ago

The Fabulous Timbo    

Two out of three isn't bad....

1) I drive a Ford Escape Hybrid
2) I only fly commercial
3) I'm not a celebrity

2888 days ago


These so called stars and the downfall of America... I personally try to use as much energy as possible to spite all you liberal eco tree humpers who blow everything out of proportion... hey maybe the iraq war was for oil... wait second thought.... you are all idiots.

2888 days ago

Mr. Kay    

People who talk like socialists should live like socialists but never do. They want all the little people to cut back while the elite "need" their luxurious lifestyle to go about leading us with their wisdom.

Recent news stories bemoan the amount of damaging consumption the average American does to the planet. Now think about the super consumption of these Hollywood millionaires: the private jet travel, the limo rides, the multiple luxury homes that are empty most of the year but still heated (and no they don't let poor people live in there during that time), the gourmet foods flown in from far away, the lush mansion gardens watered and chemical treated.

And please don't say that all this consumption creates employment for scores of little people...that's called Trickle Down Economics and liberals don't believe in that.

These stars have told us that the planet is in danger and yet their actions say otherwise. They don't have to live like they do but they choose to because they like it and it's fun.

Excusing these hypocrite stars because there are other people do not save enegry is silly. Judge these celebrities by thier own dire ratings and not against other people are not claiming the planet is about to falter.

Bravo to TMZ for exposing this. Please bring to light more photos of these gluttonous and hypocritical stars feeding at the trough of energy consumption.

2888 days ago


''Give them a break"? Give them a break!! Are you idiots serious?! These clowns run around and tell us we need to 'save the planet' and then they hop on a private jet. Its like the rules should apply to everyone but themselves. Take Al Gore as another example. Here is a 'genuis' who says the world will end in 9 years, 6 months and 8 days if we don't stop our wild energy consumption, and then he shows up with 2 limos, a truck and 3 motorcycles.

2888 days ago


The story IS relevant. The point isn't that they fly in private jets (I certainly would if I could), the point is that they are so self-righteous about lecturing the rest of us about our gas guzzling cars and SUVs and our "carbon footprint" and how they are "saving the planet" and THEN they go get on these jets that burn so much fuel! Quit lecturing me!

2888 days ago


Classic hypocrites! That means "a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings" for anyone who's actually defending these hollywood high school dropouts. Give me a break! These people are ACTORS. They have no qualifications to speak intelligently on anything let alone tell someone else what they should think or be doing. Who cares. They're intellectual morons as is anyone who actually defends them. I feel sorry for them even more.

2888 days ago

Fred Evil    

Hmmm, they were at work? Flying around shooting a movie? At least they weren't out in the Nation's Jumbo Jet, Air Force One using gasoline, and our tax dollars to raise money for the morally bankrupt GOP!!!

2888 days ago
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