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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.



332 COMMENTS

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286.

Robert    

Celebrity Smugness is nothing new. They ask for the American public to live a lifestyle they, themselves, are unwilling to live.
The interesting twist, other than the extreme fuel consumption of their choice of travel vehicle, is the fact that Hybrid vehicles are the most environmentally damaging vehicles on the road... they cost more in materials and energy to build than even the most offensive SUV all the while carrying life-limited toxic batteries that will some day end up in a landfill. Their 40 - 60% advantage in fuel economy is completely negated by their very existence.
Good job "celebrities".

2883 days ago
287.

matt hellman    

Give me a break;;;;;;;You hollywood jerks want all the pr you can get before you hit it big. Then after you hit it big, then allof a sudden you want your privicy. Between you hollywood typs and Al Gore should try and see how the average american lives .

2883 days ago
288.

Douge    

The issue is not whether they fly or not, but how they fly....private jets?! All that gas burned to get a self absorbed celeb to their next gig. Ever heard of carpooling? Well you can do it in the air too, its called flying commercially.

But then they would have to be on a plane with you common folk, getting harrassed for autographs and handshakes, and what celebrity wants to deal with that?

2883 days ago
289.

Grits    

Take it easy on Hollywood actors. They have to do this crazy stuff to please their New York and Hollywood tenement house white neck trash moguls. How would you like it if you had to bend over and grab you ankles everytime one of these Goebellian media mongering monsters walked in the room?
Grits Brown

2883 days ago
290.

B.E.    


I wonder if we should take pro-war supporters to task as well....

They support it, why don't they go over there and fight? Ohhhh, the gall...

2883 days ago
291.

Chris    

Having traveled a bit, I can testify to the fact that Japan has flights to and from the U.S. by a choice of commercial airlines, several times a day.

Oh, and I drive a Jag to work and road-race a Miata in the SCCA. But then, I don't preach about how others need to "save the planet".

2883 days ago
292.

sue    

Please, the Hollywood folks like to talk a good game, but no one thinks "that there is no global warming, it is just a "religion" speak for those who cannot or will not read the research....... "Based on science"....not a possible model of perhaps, maybe, etc. Everyone that buys into that cannot tell you why it happened before when there were no folks about... I think it is funny.... just pure emotional crap!
Plus, no one has looked at the financial cost to folks...and countries...Like poor
England new proposed tax.....on transportation. So, no one will be going to England now. Everyone just gets emotional... ... Falls in line with "if you tell a lie long enough, people will buy into it......" ho...

2883 days ago
293.

Philip Livingston    

I think it is better to hate rich people because they have more money than the dwindling middle class.

2883 days ago
294.

P-chan    

For the record... I drive a hybrid, I fly commercial, they are hypocrites, and you are just ignorant for indorsing their behavior. Fact: a 747 loaded to capacity gets the same mileage per person as a compact car with two occupants does, and it gets to the destination ten times faster. This fact came from the Discovery channel on a program about the merits of flight; turn off Oprah and The Rosie O'Donnell show and watch something that might do you some good.

2883 days ago
295.

john    

I'm all for spendlng your money any way you see fit, but please, don't be a damn hypocrite! How can anyone like that be taken seriously. Oh wait, they're liberal, they live in a world different than the real one

2883 days ago
296.

Ronin    

I really don't mind celebrities or politicians traveling on private jets burning tons of pollutant-generating fuel...

...I just want them to stop lecturing the masses on "excess" and influencing public policy they themselves do not abide by.

Salute to Decaprio, Newman, some others I know of. Even If I do not always agree with their view, they have the courage to live by their convictions. Spit on the "Elitists."

2883 days ago
297.

john    

Don't forget Al Gore (Mr. Global-Warming). Besides flying around putting up great distances, he leaves his speeches and banquets in a gas-guzzling Cadilac Escalade. Oh yeah, he helped push through NAFTA. And we know those factories on foreign soil are NOT subject to any environmental standards.

2883 days ago
298.

TJ    

This is the most childish thing I have ever read. Is the fact that Brad Pitt flew to Africa rather than driving his Prius there really supposed to make me think that he isn't really concerned about the environment?! If the author of this garbage can get his/her head out of his ass for a minute it can't be that hard to find a celeb that talks about the environment but actually drives and Escalade a Ferrari that gets 8 mpg.

2883 days ago
299.

John Meyer    

The TMZ staff proves what most of us know: smart people don't go into journalism. That's why they can be easily manipulated by PR hacks, and why they can write stories like this that, while provocative, show a stunning lack of basic smarts.

The basic idea of the article is definitely interesting: Hollywood commitment to causes -- in this case conservation -- is all veneer, and no substance. Problem is, if you really want to measure this, you have to look at gallons/passenger mile, a concept that is not easily understood by the dull-witted people that populate the press offices of our country. In particular, when Julia Robert's jet consumes 2,100 gallons going from L.A. to Chicago, she is probably not the only person on-board. Most corporate jets seat at least 6-8 passengers (many seat upwards of 15). Thus, her share of that fuel is 2,100/8 = 262 gallons. What's more, if she wants to get there in a more conventional fashion by flying on a commercial airliner, you have to figure her share of the Jet-A consumed on that flight. This depends on how full the flight is, and on what type of aircraft she flies, but on a 2/3 full flight, on anything other than the most modern aircraft, her share is close to 100 gallons. You have to subtract the 100 from the 262 to get her environmental penalty, which is 162 gallons. Just a tad different than 2,100 gallons.

However, 162 gallons should be sufficient to create almost as much useless hot air as that generated by the writers of this article.

As further proof of the lack of smarts of the people that wrote this, if they were sharp, they would have immediately thought about John Travolta, who flies his own 707. The fuel consumed by this plane is on a completely different dimension from anything covered in this article. It would have been a great "capper" to the story, but the concept of a capper is something that they probably slept through in journalism class, if indeed they ever attended at all.

2883 days ago
300.

Jerrod    

These D-bags drive me nuts with there better than you attitude. Props to Leo for going comercial. if you are going to talk the talk walk the walk. If he can do ANYONE can. These guys are no bigger or better than he is. Plus if you do it all the time eventually the press will leave you alone, there is no story after a while. If you are available (in public) all the time eventually no one is going to pay for the pictures of you, drive down the demand.

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