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What better way to reduce carbon output than with a fossil-fuel-powered trip around the globe to do good for Planet Earth? Because if the intention of such a flight is to reduce greenhouse gases, then it magically leaves no carbon footprint. Duh. Look it up; it's rule number 43 of Al Gore's special "do as I say, not as I do" rules for ending global warming. It comes right before the one that says "making a movie about climate change nullifies the massive carbon footprint of one's 20-room mansion."
DiCaprio also dropped this kernel of knowledge: "normal people" drive no more than 31 miles per day. Perhaps that's the national average, lumping together both people who live in the city as well as those who live out in the middle of nowhere, but is it "normal?" Perhaps for city dwellers, that's about all the driving they do daily, but people in middle America most likely drive a lot more. Either way, does it make sense to encourage the "normals" out there to drive 30 miles a day while the famous get to gallivant around the world in their private jets?
DiCaprio Claims ‘Normal Person Does Not Drive More’ Than 31 Miles a Day
By Mike Ciandella of NewsBusters
Film star Leonardo DiCaprio seems a bit confused. He recently promised to “fly around the world doing good for the environment,” apparently forgetting it will take a whole lot of fossil fuels to do it, unless he sprouts wings.
He also made the strange claim that a “normal” person drives less than 50 km (31 miles) a day, a distance which can easily be handled by an electric car. Only, flying has a bigger environmental impact than driving, and “normal” people often drive much longer distances.
"My roof is covered with solar panels. My car is electric. A normal person does not drive more than 50km [31 miles] a day. That can be done with a plug,'' the “Titanic” actor told the German daily Bild, according to the New Zealand Herald.
According to the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey, the average number of miles driven per person per day is 36.1, or 58 km, a number not too distant from DiCaprio’s. However, this number is an average, lumping together those who drive less frequently and those who commute further. Some people like truckers, postal workers and UPS workers likely drive many more miles than that. Geography may also play a role, for example people in rural areas may drive much further than people in cities.