• Feb 24, 2009
There's more than one way for Hollywood actors to go green. While most celebrities choose to go the way of Toyota Prius ownership, Eric Bana's chosen green ride is a 1973 Ford Falcon from Australia, a gas guzzler from a time that just barely predates most modern emissions equipment. That car, which is the title character in Bana's upcoming new movie Love The Beast, was modified to take part in the grueling Targa Tasmania Rally, and we doubt the list of upgrades included bits like catalytic converters and computer-controlled engine management systems. Other stars slated to appear in the new flick include certified motor-heads Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson and... um, Dr. Phil. So, what's the green angle?

Bana's production company, known as Pick Up Truck Pictures, contracted an outside firm to calculate the total carbon emissions spent in the production of the film. To offset this carbon footprint, oxygen-exhaling trees will be planted to suck up their share of carbon dioxide and restore forest ecosystems. Ta-da!

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This whole 'carbon-neutral' thing is such a joke. Anyone with enough money can be carbon-neutral by buying your neutrality. If you are rich, you probably have a much larger than average carbon footprint, due to all of the utilities used for your 3 mansions, the private jet trips, the gas-guzzling exotic cars you drive, the 3 bottles of Fiji water you drink daily, etc. But you can pay $1M and then say you are carbon neutral. Lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IIRC, Dr. Phil has a Ferrari 360 Spider. In red. With the manual instead of the "flappy paddle gearbox"(as his co-star would say).

      He preaches moderation? Moderation compared to what, a Veyron?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, and this link is wonderful....

        http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/512

        Ryan, an 8-year-old cancer patient, had his wishes come true when he met Dr. Phil and Robin, and got to ride in Dr. Phil's Formula One Ferrari.

        Formula One, eh? Really?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Roll up, rooooollll up, ladies and gennlemen, who'll take a challenge of wit and observation, you sir, you there, you'll try, only a dollar, just a dollar, thank you, now see, I have before me three cups, and beneath one, I place a ball, just a tiny little ball and now I switch these two cups around, and these two, and these, and these and these, and now sir, which cup is the ball under, now let's see, shall we, no, you lose sir, it's under this one, now how about another turn, just a dollar sir, just a dollar, thank you, again, see, three cups, the ball goes under, I switch a pair, and another pair, and again, again, again, and once more, take your pick sir, choose wisely, no again, bad luck sir, bad luck, you won't try again, will someone else take a chance?

      And so on.

      Carbon neutral my arse. It's carbon neutral if it only emits what was sequestered in the first place in a close enough timeframe. Biodiesel is close to carbon neutral, because the carbon that was sequestered into crops or algae last year is released this year. The overhead of production is minimal. Burning fossil fuels emits carbon that was sequestered millions of years ago. If you're going to go "carbon neutral" with a fossil fuel debt, you might as well go better than that, and go for a carbon positive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Duh, Dr. Phil is going to be on the US-F1 team.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that they are going to be quite surprised by how many trees they are going to have to plant. Lets hope there is no "fuzzy math" involved.

      I'll be interested in how many trees they plant, and where they are gonna plant them.