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June 27, 2007

Prince Charles Is Carbon Neutral!!!

Being carbon neutral doesn't take any effort at all. Just ask Prince Charles who spent (by his count) about $60,000 to offset his "carbon footprint."

Fewer chartered planes, more train trips and a royal Jaguar that runs on cooking oil have helped Prince Charles achieve a carbon-neutral household, an annual review of the prince's accounts said Tuesday.

The annual review by the prince's Clarence House office said Charles cut his annual carbon emissions by 9 percent, to 3,775 tons, between April 1, 2006 and March 31 of this year. The prince offset those emissions by investing in an agency that promotes tree planting and sustainable energy projects. [...]

The report — printed on recycled paper in vegetable-based ink — said the prince had reduced the number of plane and helicopter journeys he takes, introduced green electricity at Highgrove, and converted his Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles to run on biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil. [...]

The total cost of offsetting the prince's carbon emissions for one year was about $60,000, the review said.

Chalk it up as a further proof of just how ridiculously out-of-touch hyper-rich people like Al Gore really are. I bet that's a low-balled number, too.


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