STING: Well, you can see the enthusiasm out there. And people are here to really tell big government that we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face. And also to pressure our corporations to behave properly, as consumers, but we’re here to — we’re asking for big government, basically.
[CNN’S DON LEMON]: You want big government?
STING: Of course we do. This is a huge problem, and only the government can solve it. You know, the man on the street can do a little bit, but big governments need to make decisions. We need to stop clear-cutting forests. We need to protect the forests. That’s the simplest way of cutting greenhouse gases.
STING: And prevent global warming.
In his Newsbusters post with the above quote and accompanying video, Noel Sheppard finds this classic description from England’s Daily Mail in 2008:
When it comes to the carbon footprint, Sting puts his hand up immediately and says ‘I’m a musician and I have a huge carbon-footprint”,’ [Styler] said.
She then asked: “Are we being hypocritical?’ before seeming to answer the question herself.
“He has a 750-person crew to bring around the world and it is a difficult challenge.” […]
Environmental experts labelled Sting’s band, The Police, the dirtiest in the world because of the amount of pollution created during last year’s reunion tour of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan. […]
She was also accused in a recent tribunal of forcing her chef to travel 100 miles to prepare a bowl of pasta.
Wow, I’m old enough to remember when it rock bands took it as a band of honor to be labeled “the dirtiest in the world.” But then, as Sting proves above, the average rock musician isn’t an anarchist who amassed a large bankbook along the way, but an anarcho-authoritarian. Sting wants to be free to tour the world, hit exclusive brothels, jet around in private planes, and live in mansions even larger than the size of his fellow liberal fascist Thomas Friedman’s digs — but “we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face.”
Hey, H.G. Wells would approve.