Paul McCartneys Unfriendly Lexus Limo

Sir Paul McCartney, just recovering from a bitter divorce, was furious when his new eco-friendly car was delivered by jet. And, although money might not be able to buy you love, it can, it seems, buy an airplane ticket for a car from Japan to Britain!

The £84,000 ($174,000) hybrid Lexus limousine - a gift to the former Beatle from the manufacturer, Toyota, to thank Paul for promoting green cars - was flown from Japan to Britain, creating a carbon footprint almost 100 times bigger than if it was shipped.

Sir Paul was offered a Lexus as a gift and ordered the hybrid limo because it helps to reduce emissions. But was horrified after learning it was delivered by plane. Sir Paul has always campaigned for green issues and he can't understand why anyone would send an enormous car from Japan to Britain on a plane.

Swissport, who handled the transporting of the car, said they couldn't believe the hypocrisy of flying an environmentally friendly car in from Japan; everyone was shocked as the resultant carbon footprint must be enormous.

Lexus sponsored Paul's 2005 tour and he is regularly seen driving their hybrid cars, but his efforts to help save the environment were frustrated by the fact that the air journey created 38,050kg of carbon dioxide instead of the 297kg for the three-week voyage by boat According to environmental firm CO2balance.com, it was the equivalent of driving the car around the world six times!

If nothing else this story adds fuel to whole debate over green environmental issues. Is it an issue? Or has it become something of a trend? How serious are manufacturers when they air freight a car? 

Sometimes it can be better to go about your life making little green choices and not be seen. So, rather than make one big ‘green’ choice and buy a green limo why not do your bit for the environment and hire one instead by contacting Hire Limos now.

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