• Amazing, Zero-Carbon Trip Across the Ocean! Well … Maybe Not …

    Surge Summary: A “zero carbon” yacht trip from Europe to New York City turns out to be not as environmentally friendly as advertised.

    In what is undeniably a dramatic enviro-flourish, sixteen-year-old Swedish eco-campaigner Greta Thunberg is currently beating her way across the Atlantic Ocean on a zero-carbon yacht. She’s headed for New York to – ta-daaa! — address the United Nations regarding climate change policy.

    But the two-week voyage, widely-hailed for its environmentally-friendly implications, is now enduring some less flattering scrutiny: it’s been revealed that carbon-guzzling trans-Atlantic flights will be part of the crew’s round-trip plans.

    Breck Dumas/the Blaze:

    Miss Thunberg has garnered international attention for environmental initiatives, and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in March. She told The New York Times ahead of her journey across the ocean on the boat Maliza II, “By doing this it also shows how impossible it is today to live sustainable. That, in order to travel with zero emissions, that we have to sail like this across the Atlantic Ocean.”

    Apparently, it’s even more impossible to travel without a carbon footprint than some might have imagined. The Times of London revealed Friday that Thunberg’s solar-powered yacht trip “may generate more emissions than it saves because of flights taken by the crew.”

    Apparently, two sailors will be flying into New York to then man the 60-foot vessel’s return to Europe. Meantime, two of those currently on the yacht may fly home.

    Don’t you hate it when that happens? As is repeatedly the case with matters fashionably environmental, the inconvenient devil is in the details. A project or initiative appearing enviro-sensitive on the surface may conceal what, according to climate-change orthodoxy, at least, are problematic, long-term after-effects. Counter-productive costs allegedly generated by recycling campaigns or electric car use, for example. Or, “zero-carbon”, globe-spanning yacht ventures.

    According to a spokeswoman for Team Mazila, “We added the trip to New York City at very short notice, and as a result two people need to fly over to the U.S. in order to bring the boat back,” the Daily Mail reported. “The world has not yet found a way to make it possible to cross an ocean without a carbon footprint.”

    CBS News reports, Thunberg has been speaking out for all countries to “cut emissions in line with the Paris climate accord.” When asked if she would be open to meeting with President Donald Trump during her visit to the U.S., the teenager said, “Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me?”

    Image: Adapted from: Milan.luxembursky – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13360142


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