More “Green” hypocrisy rears it’s head with this example of “do as I say , not as I do” … ride the bus peons , while I commute on this :
” Here’s the trip mapped out by Marine Traffic: “
” A major Democratic donor and the head of a foundation that finances some of the nation’s leading environmentalist groups commutes to and from work on a gas-guzzling luxury yacht, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
At around 8 a.m. every morning, Nathaniel Simons leaves Berkeley, Calif., where he lives, aboard the Elan. The 1,550-horsepower, 54-foot yacht drops him off at the Port of San Francisco, a block from the offices of the Meritage Group, the hedge fund management company he leads.
About seven hours later, the Elan returns to San Francisco, picks up Simons, and brings him back across the Bay, weaving between Alcatraz and Treasure Island before docking in the Berkeley Marina.”
The average fuel economy for a Cadillac limousine is between 12 – 14 MPG , which I think is very optimistic but for our calculations we’ll use the 12 mpg figure to simplify the math . That means the average commute to work for Mr Simon would burn one gallon of gas each way for a daily total fuel consumption , assuming two round trips per day , of four gallons .
The yacht on the other hand , even at a modest cruise of 5 knots which is supported by the Marine Traffic data , Simon’s boat is probably consuming between 10 and 15 gallons per hour . For the uninitiated yachts don’t get miles per gallon , they are rated at gallons per hour to hide the sticker shock .
But seriously , assuming the yacht makes two 18-20 minute round trips per day , that means that it is under way for approximately 80 minutes , burning let’s call it 12 gallons per hour . That gives us a daily fuel burn of 16 gallons or $80 which is four times the cost , in both dollars and CO2 output as the limousine ride .
Bear in mind now that both trips take about equal time so this is more about ego than anything else . And hypocrisy .
” While he’s not managing billions in hedge fund assets or commuting over the Bay, Simons is bankrolling Democratic candidates, party organs, outside spending groups, and environmental nonprofits.
Simons has given more than $300,000 to political campaigns and interest groups during the 2014 election cycle. With the exception of a pair of $2,600 contributions to Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.), every penny went to Democrats.
His 2014 political giving far exceeds aggregate limits on campaign contributions overturned by the Supreme Court this year in a decision heavily criticized by Democrats.
Simons’ largest financial contributions to the political left have come not through campaign contributions but by way of the tens of millions of dollars that his foundation funnels from overseas financial institutions to major left-wing groups in the United States.
He and his wife Laura run the Sea Change Foundation, which used its $134 million in assets last year to bankroll groups including the Center for American Progress, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Energy Foundation.”
Free Beacon details the hypocrisy here