Apparently, they didn’t learn their lesson with Eagleson or Goodenow. The NHL players , under their new leader, Massachussets lawyer Paul Kelly, are being fleeced again – this time, getting strongarmed into buying “carbon credits” – today’s equivalent to the indulgences sold by the church in Medieval times that let hypocrites be hypocrites, and led to the great schism. From today’s Toronto Star:
In a first for a major North American professional sports league, the National Hockey League Players Association is teaming up with the David Suzuki Foundation to promote action on climate change. And players are taking the lead by buying carbon credits to offset the environmental impact of their extensive travel during season play.
“To have … all these great heroes to Canadian kids taking a stand on one of the most important issues of our time is wonderful,” Suzuki told reporters at a downtown hotel last night. “I can assure you, the traction you’re going to get from this stand is far beyond anything environmentalists like I can get.”
The initiative, spearheaded by Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference and promoted by former all-star Eric Lindros, has really caught fire, said Paul Kelly, executive director of the players’ group.
More than half of the league’s 700-plus players have already signed the carbon neutral challenge, said Kelly, who expects more than 500 will eventually participate.
“We players really want to show our fans and the kids who look up to us that action is louder than words and going carbon neutral is a big start for us,” said Ference. The Suzuki Foundation calculates that NHL players generate an average of about 10 tonnes of carbon emissions every year flying to games, staying in hotels and driving to and from arenas. At a cost of $29 per tonne, players will pay $290 each to offset their emissions.
The money will support wind energy in Madagascar, biomass energy in India and a hydroelectric project in Indonesia, the foundation says. These clean energy projects have been chosen by the foundation and meet the so-called gold standard for carbon offsets.
Could anything be more sad than our once-proud national heroes being tainted by falling for fad-inspired alarmists, who in turn are happily suckered by P.T. Barnum-inspired cads? I weep on my 1972 Summit Series Complete 8-DVD Set…