Monday, August 4, 2008

Branson a Global Warming Virgin

VirginLOL! See I told you so...let's review Sir Richard Branson here, here, and here! It's all profiteering folks. Hope you can see that by now. If not then I have some oceanfront property to sell you in Montana.

Branson's 1.9B pledge to fight global warming (money paid to his own conglomerate - LOL) sounds a lot like Al Gore addressing critics of his personal energy usage by purchasing carbon credits--from his own company!

Branson’s bogus eco-drive | Sunday Business Post | Irish Business News:

The Virgin boss’s much trumpeted pledge of €1.9bn to tackle global warming is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

In September 2006, Virgin boss Richard Branson pledged €1.9 billion towards tackling global warming. For the next ten years, he announced, the profits from his aviation and rail businesses would go towards combating the biggest, most complex problem that mankind has ever faced.

The promise earned Branson headlines around the world. Media outlets carried photos of him, Bill Clinton and Al Gore at a Clinton Global Initiative press conference in New York. Adults, Branson solemnly told the assembled media, had a duty to pass a ‘‘pristine’’ planet on to the next generation. Politicians and campaigners were effusive in their praise for his imagination and generosity.

However, a look at the not-very-small print revealed that this amazing gesture would not be a matter of taking the profits from Branson’s polluting industries and using them to protect vast tracts of the Amazon.

In fact, the money would go to a new division of the Virgin conglomerate, called Virgin Fuel. Branson was simply gearing himself up to make more money. But as always, the PR spin was that he’d be doing the rest of us a favour in the process.

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