Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted liberal celebrities and politicians for their vocal and hypocritical defense of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. “It’s obviously not about CO2 emissions” for those who fly on private jets at every available opportunity, he said during Friday’s segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The left collectively wailed when President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris accord Thursday, calling the agreement “very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.” While Trump championed the exit as a victory for the American economy and jobs, the Left characterized the move as a planet-destroying and people-killing moral outrage.
“This would be like your Christian conservative running a brothel as his job.”
“Can we really be sure that these people take carbon emissions seriously? Well, to find out, we compared what they say to how they live,” Carlson said.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who quit his position on Trump’s economic councils in protest of the president’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, tweeted Thursday that he did so because “climate change is real” and “leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.” But as Carlson noted, Musk flies around in his Gulfstream G650 ER private jet.
Business magnate Richard Branson told CNN Friday that Trump’s “catastrophic decision” makes “so many of us literally want to cry.” But Branson’s Falcon 50EX private jet “burns more fuel on a single flight to Maui than you’re going to go through in a lifetime of trips to the shore,” Carlson said.
As for the “deeply concerned” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the Fox News host noted that he flies around in a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express private jet.
“Can you imagine the gas mileage that gets?” Carlson asked.
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio wrote on Instagram that “the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump’s careless decision.”
“And yet, DiCaprio flew a private jet 4,000 miles from Cannes, France, to New York to accept a climate award, and then flew back privately,” Carlson mocked.
As for former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Carlson offered some tough words for the woman who tweeted that Trump’s withdrawal was “a historic mistake” that “leaves American workers & families behind.”
“And yet — speaking of workers and their families — there probably weren’t a lot of those on board last year when Hillary used a private jet to fly 20 miles from Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket for a fundraiser, a critical fundraiser,” Carlson noted. “Also, it’s a little rich for Clinton to tout the needs of the planet on the very same day, today, that a new email was revealed showing she once requested a separate private plane from Michelle Obama to fly to Betty Ford’s funeral.”
But Carlson wasn’t finished yet. When former President Barack Obama issued a statement on “the absence of American leadership” displayed in Trump’s withdrawal, the Fox News host bashed him for his “hypocrisy.”
“Of course, there is former president Barack Obama who, for whatever reason, never seems to get the credit he so deserves for the awesome hypocrisy he displays,” Carlson said. “Obama told us just yesterday that Trump’s refusal to take CO2 emissions seriously could ‘crush future generations.’ And yet, here’s some of what he has done just since January.”
“On the day he left office, Obama took a Marine helicopter to a government-owned 747. He flew that across the country to Palm Springs, California,” Carlson continued. “After a few days of relaxing in an 11,000 square-foot mansion — can you imagine the air conditioning required for that? The electricity bill? Unbelievable. He flew then on Richard Branson’s private plane to the Caribbean. Then he got on a private boat that took him to Branson’s private island. He left on a private jet, and took another private jet to Tahiti in French Polynesia.”
“After that trip wrapped up, he took another private jet to Milan, where a 14-car caravan escorted him to a conference where he spoke about — brace yourselves — global warming,” Carlson continued. “Leaving open the question: How much does he — how much do any of these people — really care about carbon emissions, Ann Coulter?”
Coulter, a conservative political commentator who joined Carlson on Friday’s show, compared these liberals’ hypocrisy to that of a Christian conservative refusing to repent from a particularly egregious sin.
“This would be like your Christian conservative running a brothel as his job,” Coulter said.
Carlson concurred, adding, “And they’re not apologizing for it. It’s like, ‘I bought brothel offsets to make it ok.'”
“I’m not questioning climate science — I’m not even weighing in on that,” Carlson continued. “I’m merely saying that if you tell us that CO2 emissions are destroying the world and you’re flying a private jet, it’s obviously not about CO2 emissions for you.”
Claiming that championing climate change “is a religion” for the left, Coulter said liberals are frothing at the mouth over Trump’s decision because “he challenged their religion.”
“I know,” Carlson responded. “He’s an apostate, and they want to burn him.”