Richard Branson says coal should be a thing of the past

The hypocrisy is astounding in this one.

ABC News reports: quote.

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson has likened climate change to World War III and criticised the Australian Government for failing to do more to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.

The Virgin founder said he is testing new recycled aviation fuel to be used in his planes but that governments needed to do more too. end quote.

So, because he is ‘testing’ recycled aviation fuel, he feels able to tell governments what to do? Please note, he hasn’t actually started using recycled fuels yet. Do these recycled fuels reduce emissions from those planes that he flies around the world? Not yet, they don’t. Who does this guy think he is? quote.

“It’s going to need the world to take this problem very very seriously,” he told 7.30.

“Let’s pretend this is World War III.

“My feeling is that we need to convene governments and the business sector ? on a global basis. end quote.

It is not World War 3. He sounds like Jacinda with her ‘nuclear moment’. This is neither. quote.

“I think (the Australian Government) needs to do a lot more and coal is definitely, I’m afraid, something that should be a thing of the past.” end quote.

So Sir Richard has decided that coal should be a thing of the past and he thinks that giving the Australian Government a verbal shellacking is going to save the planet?

Newsflash, Sir Richard. It won’t.

If you are worried about coal, talk to the Chinese and Indian governments, who burn more coal in a month than Australia does in a year.

Then, let us take a look at the fleet that Virgin Airlines operates.

  • Boeing 747-400
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Airbus A340-600
  • Airbus A330-300 (3 cabin)
  • Airbus A330-200 (2 cabin)

Hmmm… with the exception of the Boeing 787, I think I am right in saying that none of those aircraft is particularly fuel efficient. Instead of preaching to the Australian government, maybe you should consider investing in more modern, fuel-efficient planes yourself Sir Richard?

Oh, and I know that the body of an aeroplane is mostly made out of aluminium and these days even plastic (gosh – plastic – that evil stuff!), but aren’t the turbine shaft and the turbine blades made out of steel? Where does steel come from, Richard? Would that be coking coal, perhaps?

As far as I am concerned, Richard Branson is someone I used to respect, and now he is just another mega-rich virtue-signaller, who has a private island and a private jet (a Falcon 50 EX) and thinks he can tell the world how to live. He’s one of the elite and he is determined to keep it that way.

In the meantime, Sir Richard, while you are ‘testing’ recycled aviation fuel, (which I understand is not available commercially as yet) and your fleet spews out emissions at a rate of knots, perhaps you could spend some of your millions of dollars sponsoring a research project into how to make steel efficiently and affordably without using coal. It is possible, we know, but at the moment, until these alternatives become viable, you have no right to try to tell the Australian government how to conduct themselves.