The Lexus LS 600h/Paul McCartney Fiasco

Lexus & Paul McCartney

So, the big news of the day concerns an LS 600h that was sent by Lexus to Paul McCartney as a gift for his work promoting the company’s hybrids. Pretty uneventful so far, right? Well, turns out the car was sent by plane rather than by boat, creating a carbon footprint almost 100 times larger:

A source is reported to have said: “Paul was offered a Lexus as a gift and ordered the hybrid limo because it helps to reduce emissions.

“He’ll be horrified after learning it was delivered by plane. Paul has always campaigned for green issues and he can’t understand why anyone would send an enormous car from Japan to Britain on a plane.”

Carbon offsetting firm CO2balance.com said the plane journey would have caused a carbon footprint of 38,050kg, compared to 397kg for a three-week boat journey.

A carbon footprint is the measure of the impact that human activity has on the environment and is measured in units of carbon dioxide.

Co2balance.com Director Mike Rigby said: “That is the equivalent of driving the car around the world six times.”

I’m certainly not about to defend the decision to air freight the car, but I have my doubts that Mr. McCartney is in the habit of waiting weeks for things to arrive, and I’m sure that played into the decision.

What are the chances that McCartney will refuse the LS 600h? I’m sure there’s people more than willing to take it in his place, considering the six-month waiting list currently in place.

[Source: Daily Telegraph]