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Prince Charles Cancels Ski Trip Amid Accusations of Green Hypocrisy

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prince-charles.jpgWell, the man is listening. As we reported on yesterday, environmentalists — and a UK government minister — slammed Prince Charles over his decision to fly to the U.S. this coming week to pick up an environmental award. Such a decision, from a man dubbed ‘The Green Prince’, has critics wondering whether his carbon footprint reduction plans are the real deal. The prince will be traveling with an entourage of 20 people on a commercial flight; but have completely booked a first class section usually equipped to seat over 60 people. Such an action increases the carbon footprint of each person by almost three times.

In reaction to critics, Prince Charles is apparently making concessions for the trip by canceling a traditional sky holiday and also making his transportation around the U.S. as efficient as possible. Next Saturday, the couple will travel from Philadelphia to NY on a train locomotive with an electric engine.

What’s most interesting to me is why Prince Charles doesn’t simply shut everyone up by offering to offset the emissions generated by this trip? The man has money, and I’m sure there are several companies out there that would love the honor of working with him; plus, it would be more great publicity and potentially contribute to starting a trend for all world-leaders. I’m getting a little ahead of myself on that last wish, but someone has to get the ball rolling. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Prince Charles offers any commentary on this row when he accepts his award. I’m sure Al Gore will pull him away ahead of time and give him a stern talking too…that, or Lindsay Lohan will screw up the whole thing somehow. It could happen…

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