Famous chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck refuses to be shamed by celebrities just because he drives a gasoline-powered vehicle.  At the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Washington D.C., he spoke out against the hypocrisy of jet-setting, electric-car driving celebs who question him over his own transportation choices.

“I was always very concerned about the environment — sustainability. I’ve always believed to use local ingredients, you know? So, what can we do to help? Like, I have a lot of people in Hollywood. They say, ‘Oh, you’re still driving a car with gasoline,’ and they are driving a Tesla. And then I find out they also fly a private jet and that uses 10 times more gas in one trip to New York and back than what I use in a year with my car,” he said.  “And I think when you think that our government today doesn’t believe in it, or at least the president doesn’t believe in global warming or anything similar to it, I think it’s really sad. But the rest of the world really, they all know we have to change because we don’t want to be responsible that one day our grandchildren are going to say we f****d up the world.”

Puck is an immigrant from Austria who was inspired to come to America, at least in part, to John Wayne.

“As a kid, even before I started cooking I remember John Wayne in the movies. I didn’t see many movies but for his,” he explained in a 2018 interview. “To see John Wayne as a cowboy, seeing America, it was an amazing inspiration for me to say I want to go to America and see what’s going on.”

What’s currently “going on” here is that our famous people have inhabited the role of “church lady” and have decided to preach to us about sacrificing on behalf of the environment.  

They don’t, of course, because they are important.  Rich people have a different set so rules.

In fact, a new study shows that celebrity “super-emitters” have 300 times bigger carbon footprints than the average person because of their private jets, helicopters, fast cars, mega-yachts, and other luxurious forms of travel.  My favorite example of this double standard is former Vice President Al Gore who constantly moralized about global warming, yet lived in a 20-room home in Nashville, Tennessee.  He preached that “we are going to have to change the way we live our lives” to prevent climate disaster, even though his house used twelve times the amount of energy than the average home in Nashville.


It’s inspirational to see that Puck won’t participate in the celebrity virtue signaling.  

We regular folk might pay attention to our celebrity overlords if they ever start acting like their extreme rhetoric regarding climate change is actually true.

They know it’s not, and we know it’s not.  

It’d be easier – and much more fuel efficient – if they stopped jet-setting around the world trying to shame us about our behavior when their lifestyle is much more damaging to the climate than ours could ever be.

Image Credit: WEBN-TV on Flickr

Hat Tip: Red State

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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