Greta’s Transatlantic Sail Turning Into Grand Farce…Will Wind Up Causing Many More Tons Of CO2 Emissions!

Climate poster child Greta’s is sailing across the Atlantic instead of flying – in order to minimize the climate impact.

Teenage climate rescue warrior Greta Thunberg. Image source: Greta’s Twitter site

5 crewmen to fly over to New York

But German online leftist daily TAZ here has uncovered that Greta’s climate publicity jaunt is going to wind up creating a massive carbon stomp, one far greater than anyone would have dared to imagine.

The TAZ writes that Greta would have been far gentler to the climate had she simply taken a commercial airliner. The reason, the TAZ writes, is because a crew of 5 men will have to fly over to New York in order to take the boat back!

This is what Andreas Kling, press spokesman for Thunberg’s skipper Boris Herrmann, told the TAZ on Thursday.

“There’s no other way,” said Kling!

10 tons instead of 4

Citing carbon emissions calculator site atmosfair, each crewman flying from Hamburg to New York will emit 2 tons of CO2 for the flight, i.e. a total of 10 tons. Had Greta simply taken a roundtrip commercial economy-class flight, she would have wound up emitting less than 4 tons.

The 16-year-old Greta and her father set sail last Wednesday afternoon on board the ocean-going yacht Malizia II with two sailors and a publicity filmmaker.

Hundreds of journalists travel to Plymouth

Moreover, “hundreds of journalists, supporters and spectators” travelled to Plymouth to watch Greta’s departure, thus adding enormously to the carbon emissions that the trip was supposed to reduced. The journalists could have witnessed here departure via live feed or a webcam rather than travelling in automobiles and what not to Plymouth.

Spokesman Kling says now they are considering sending Greta back from New York via cargo container ship.

Gee, cutting back fossil fuels “not easy” after all

Aware that the trip is possibly turning into public relations farce, sailor Herrmann told the TAZ: “The journey symbolizes two things: that it is not easy to replace fossil fuels and that mastering this challenge can be a great adventure”.


29 responses to “Greta’s Transatlantic Sail Turning Into Grand Farce…Will Wind Up Causing Many More Tons Of CO2 Emissions!”

  1. Tony Waren

    The amount of carbon dioxide generated to manufacture that boat is breathtaking. I wonder how people think CARBON FIBRE is made?

    1. Shoki Kaneda

      Magic pixie dust.

    2. Ric Werme

      Most sailboats are designed to be reusable. Please amortize the CO2 used in manufacturing over the life of the boat.

      1. Deesnuts

        What’s the average life of a boat?

      2. Anders Valland

        Ric Werme, are you claiming that the atmosphere actually amortizes CO2 emissions?

  2. Brian James

    Apr 21, 2016 Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy

    To make earth cleaner, greener and safer, which energy sources should humanity rely on? Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress explains how modern societies have cleaned up our water, air and streets using the very energy sources you may not have expected–oil, coal and natural gas.

  3. BobW in NC

    “…mastering this challenge can be a great adventure.”

    Really? So, we humans, with all our powers of reasoning exalted in the age of enlightenment, can once again be “masters” of all that we survey?

    Oh, my!

  4. Curious George

    Lovely. They simply don’t expect any unintended consequences.

  5. tom0mason

    So Greta gets to sail on a boat that is 100% man-made. Not a square centimeter of it is from ‘natural’ produce. A magnificent computer designed and optimized yacht that is an excellent example of what man’s industry and fossil fuels can achieve.
    This boat is describe here as

    Belonging to the IMOCA class, the Mono60 Malizia II was launched in August 2015 after a year-long build at the Multiplast yard. This Verdier design with her planing forms is a latest generation 60-foot monohull designed for Gitana Team and his skipper Sébastien Josse, with a view to the Vendée Globe 2016 – 2017. Adhering to the new class measurement in force in the Imoca class since December 2013, the Mono60 Malizia II will be equipped with a one-design keel and mast (identical materials, forms and suppliers).

    Thanks Greta for highlighting and celebrating what great things can be made by burning and using fossil fuels; strong and lightweight man-made industrial plastic materials, refining and forming of lightweight metals, and the wit of man.

    Track the progress of this impressive yacht and crew at

  6. Z Grétiny transatlantické plavby se vyklubala obrovská fraška. Může mít obnovitelný pohon, ale způsobí víc emisí CO2 než parník! -
  7. tom0mason

    I also note that the yacht has an engine. Which we are told —

    As for the engine on Malizia II that will be officially sealed before we set off. Although the engine will stay turned off, it will be ready Malizia is equipped with a state-of-the-art solar system of 1.3kW and two hydro-generators which are permanently installed on the stern of the boat …

    And again all those solar cells are a celebration of man’s ingenuity in harnessing fossil fuel to make them.

    Usually this class of boat has power from a 270.0hp Caterpillar 3208-T diesel engine. So it can’t be used? In an emergency maybe? Just solar cells, eh? Right, we believe you (NOT)!


  8. Steve

    Why am I not surprised?

  9. tom0mason

    Are my comments in the spam bin?

  10. Shoki Kaneda

    Screw the results, look at all the virtue signaling! To libbies, it’s all about input and appearances, never about results.

  11. Stew Green

    A few people on Twitter asked
    How did Greta get to Plymouth ?
    There was never any answer.

    Looking at her tweets she seems to have got from mid-Germany to London in 24 hours
    11:59am Aug 11 “Yesterday I visited the people protecting the Hambach forrest, in Germany.
    4pm Aug 11 Leaving London. Heading west…

    I guess she has unlimited train budget
    ..and maybe got to Brussels to pickup the Eurostar

    1. Stew Green

      pg11 of the Times : Activist’s sea trip brought down to earth.
      – Mentions the flights of the crew and possibly her father flying home from the US.
      – claims the inflatable that took her to the yacht was electric powered.
      Ends with last paragraph from Mr Bob Ward.

  12. Lasse

    During 1867-1869 we had a fame in Sweden caused by no summer in the north and no rain in the south.
    Transportation was not available as today.
    A lot of people starved to death others choose later to leave to USA.
    Today we have a better world with regular transportation of food from all over the globe.
    We can spend spare time having vacation in distant areas.
    Some can even spend some time in a million dollar sailing boat going to USA.
    That is the difference between then and now, not the climate!

  13. Dave Ward

    I think the return journey (and it’s associated CO2 footprint) is rather academic at the moment. Looking at their zig-zag track so far, and the current speed of just 3.5kt they might never make it!

  14. drumphish

    Greta’s excellent adventure, another one for the books.

    Do you think the crew and passengers ate bugs during the trip across the Atlantic?

    Can’t be using fossil fuels to cook a few spuds and some haddock from Iceland, a decent selection of different insects should suffice.

    No need for vegetables and meats, cost too much, too much CO2 goes right into the atmosphere, might cause the weather to become inclement.

    If you are going to be a climate change activist and a world leader of climate alarmism, you really should adopt a diet of insects only.

    If you are going to save the planet, there really is no other choice.

    It is all a part of the Green New Deal. AOC has all of the bugs you will be required to eat listed in those pages. You’ll be happy and satisfied you followed the rules.

    Dogma and doctrinaire rule and provide the rules.

    You have to eat bugs if you are going to save the planet.

    Climate alarmists also eat crazy pills, part of the New Green Deal new diet.

    AOC has the crazy pill craze going like there is no tomorrow.

  15. Jacques Lemiere

    believe science..and forget numbers.

  16. Peter Charles

    And just what is her carbon footprint going to be as she visits Canada, tours and goes rallying in the US before finishing off with a jaunt down to Santiago in Chile?

  17. Petit_Barde

    May the Farce be with Sainte Greta !

    1. Yonason

      Live short and perspire.

      Without meat and AC those are guaranteed.

  18. The Other Brad

    Was the hull made out of “carbon” fiber?

    1. Yonason

      I thought it was an inflatable craft made by lashing a bunch of hippies together. Just before it sets sail, the hippies will inflate by inhaling from their hookahs, and by the time they exhale and deflate the craft will have arrived at it’s destination.

      In flight entertainment will help them pass the time.

      Are we there yet?

    2. Yonason

      P.S. – I did see what you did there, btw. LOL!

  19. Tim

    How will she get home is her boat has left?

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