Could a luxury cruise ship rely on renewable energy?
On April 4 we spotlighted the fluorescent green hypocrisy of a cruise to the Caribbean sponsored by the left-wing rag The Nation. We updated it on May 10.
The June 27 issue of The Nation contains a commentary entitled “The Safe Bet: Renewables“, authored by Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo.
Keeping in mind that the June 27 issue also contains a full page ad for The Nation‘s diesel-fueled Caribbean cruise, here are a few gems from Naidoo:
… It’s time for the decision-makers to realize that dirty energy is no longer the safe bet… There is a massive disconnect between what the world needs in terms of energy access, security and safety, and the cards we are dealt… The time has never been better for embracing an energy democracy…
Energy democracy? What does that mean? Is it the same as “energy unicorns”? As to renewable energy, wake me when Katrina vanden Heuvel, Van Jones and the rest of The Nation‘s cruisers hoist sail and enjoy solar-cooked Wiener Schnitzel and Crepes Suzette.
But there’s more in the June 27 The Nation.
In “A Richer Shade of Green,” Leslie Christian writes,
… it’s convenient to rely on old-fashioned growth—the kind that depletes natural resources, overtaxes ecosystems, fills the ecosphere with pollutants, erodes arable land and disrupts the climate. But according to the Global Footprint Network, it would take 1.5 earths to keep up with the present pace of human consumption. Any financial analyst should know that this kind of growth is a recipe for disaster. We cannot borrow another earth… So why not use technology and innovation to dramatically reduce consumption?…
But no one will be reducing consumption on The Nation‘s cruise.
Aside from the 563 sq ft. cabins costing $5,418 per comrade, there are the cruise ship’s six 16-cylinder diesel generators that burn about 270 tons of fuel per day.
Stay tuned for the next update.