Radiohead reality check

Thom Yorke, frontman for British band Radiohead, says he’s an environmental hypocrite.
It’s a harsh note for a celebrity to sound about himself when so many others tout their “green” lifestyles. Rock star or not, his frustration mirrors that of many regular people. This is the oil age and, try as you might, it’s virtually impossible to live without it.
Yorke’s comments came after The Sunday Times dissected the environmental impact of Radiohead’s latest album and tour. In addition to being a globetrotting musician, Yorke is also the frontman for a new campaign to raise environmental awareness by Friends of the Earth.
According to the story, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM) assessed the scale and scope of Radiohead’s pollution. (Think of all the jet fuel it takes to hop from gig to gig around the world, the diesel-burning generators required to put on big shows with lights, sound and pyrotechnics, not to mention all the beer that gets sold in non-biodegradable cups…)
According to ECCM, Radiohead would have to plant 50,000 new trees and they would have to live for 100 years “to offset the amount of CO2 produced by Hail to the Thief, the group’s latest album and tour.”
Yorke sums it up this way:

“I don’t drive a big car, but I don’t come out of it dirt-free. The whole apparatus of big festivals is not cool. If we could go to them and say, you can only use paper cups, you can’t use generators, you have to use solar panels. You technically can’t make it happen. That stresses me out, because I am a hypocrite. As we all are.”