Organiser and leader of the failed Spirit of Mawson voyage, Chris Turney, is in a pickle. Having charged a significant fee for other passengers, of up to $7500 per person for the first leg and $18,900 per person for the second leg, Turney has become the poster boy for the next episode of Climategate. This fool has just provided further evidence of the paucity of science in the anthropogenic global warming industry.
But Turney’s promise to fully offset the CO2 emissions from the AAE should keep him planting New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis) for the remainder of his life. Turney has promised
A total of 800 kauri trees will be planted which during the first 50 years of their life will offset more than the total carbon used to fuel the AAE.
Well the MV Akademik Shokalskiy is a 1982 Finnish built ice-strengthened ship with a gross tonnage of 1,764.
The fiasco has led to the redirection of at least three ships (Xue Long, gross tonnage 14,997; Aurora Australia, gross tonnage 6574 and L’Astrolabe, gross tonnage 1753), the use of helicopters for the rescue and the potential loss of Akademik Shokalskiy.
Rather than 800 kauri trees, Turney may need to plant 30,000 trees to offset the carbon emissions of his voyage. He may as well move permanently to the Kauri museum at Matakohe, Northland, New Zealand.