Monday, February 9, 2009

Do as I say...not as I do...

From February 9th, 2007:
LONDON, Feb. 9 -- British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, with former vice president Al Gore at his side, offered a $25 million prize Friday to anyone who can come up with a way to blunt global climate change by removing at least a billion tons of carbon dioxide a year from the Earth's atmosphere. about this numbnuts? Suppose you don't fly an empty Boeing 777 from Australia to Los Angeles just to "showcase" your new toy?

From February 5th, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CA - In preparation for the launch of non-stop services between Los Angeles and Sydney on February 27, 2009, V Australia is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft and will make a special stop-over at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to showcase the new Boeing aircraft.
Go ahead, Sir Richard...tell me that the trip was merely advertising to drum up interest in the 777 service. If I was a billionaire with toys like yours, I would be flying around annoying past bosses and managers, while lighting my carbon producing cigars with $100's.

From Today's USA Today:
Branson cavorted with cabin crew attendants in bikinis Friday amid fake palm trees before the plane took off in rainy weather for Los Angeles. Other celebrities at the ceremony were Australian actor Julian McMahon of the TV show Nip/Tuck.
Now you're talking...Incidentally, was Al Gore with you? Raining in Australia? That sounds like the "Gore Effect."

Now...where's my $25 Mil?