July 6, 2009

The Claw's Carbon Footprint

Source: The London Paper

U2 and Bono have been criticized for the carbon footprint created by their mammoth world tour.

The 100-date, 18-month odyssey, which kicked off last week, will see the multi-millionaires emit up to 65,000 tonnes of CO2, which would be equivalent to Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr flying from Earth to the planet Mars - and back.

The £90m U2360 tour also features three 390-tonne stages criss-crossing the globe, along with 200 crew and backstage staff.

"My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet"

Their colossal emissions are the equivalent of leaving a standard 100-watt light bulb on for 159,000 years, according to estimates from researchers at the website Carbonfootprint.com.

The energy consumption comes despite Bono saying in Tokyo in May 2008: “My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet.”

U2’s public relations agency RMP did not return a request asking if the band planned to offset its emission

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