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Remember when Nike was despised by the left because of globalisation? Times change:

Nike tops list of climate-friendly companies

UPDATE. Too much climate friendliness! Global cooling is now a flight-safety hazard.

UPDATE II. Rating the airborne celebrity hypocrites.

UPDATE III. Ground-level cool fuel tales from Mike H.:

As a long haul driver in the US I can remember driving through Montana during the winter about ten years ago in -80° F weather. In order to heat the cab of the truck I would put the heater controls on cab heat and watch the windows frost up. Then I would put the controls on window defrost and start freezing my feet. There wasn’t enough heat in the diesel engine to do both jobs at the same time.

I passed a truck on the side of the road that had his fuel jelled and he had to walk a half of a mile to get some alcohol to melt the wax. Fortunately the truck stop in Billings was a balmy -60° F because all the trucks had their engines running, so I was able to sleep without becoming a carbon popsicle. In temperatures like that diesel engines can become so cool that they’ll stop because the compression temp. is too cool for combustion.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/08/2008 at 09:41 AM
  1. To do my part for flight safety the world over, I will now make sure to light those nice, Earth-saving candles have an extra light on at all times.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 08 at 10:05 AM • permalink

  2. Nike? Aren’t their products still made from petroleum derivatives?

    Posted by Crossie on 2008 05 08 at 10:15 AM • permalink

  3. Meanwhile, on Avaaz.org, Live Earth parties are being staged. I don’t know how many carbon credits are being swapped with these endeavours…

    Check out the Al Gore party plan publicity/ videos too!

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 05 08 at 10:35 AM • permalink

  4. Aw crap I just bought new Pumas.

    Posted by shockcorridor on 2008 05 08 at 10:43 AM • permalink

  5. Green shoes = suffering brown children, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay for Gaia…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 05 08 at 11:11 AM • permalink

  6. That global cooling article was scary.  Yet another addition to my growing list of reasons not to fly (none of which have to do with carbon emissions).

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 08 at 11:29 AM • permalink

  7. There’s snow business like show business ...

    (sorry)

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 08 at 11:49 AM • permalink

  8. The airlines probably could have seen it coming. As a long haul driver in the US I can remember driving through Montana during the winter about ten years ago in -80° F weather. In order to heat the cab of the truck I would put the heater controls on cab heat and watch the windows frost up. Then I would put the controls on window defrost and start freezing my feet. There wasn’t enough heat in the diesel engine to do both jobs at the same time.

    I passed a truck on the side of the road that had his fuel jelled and he had to walk a half of a mile to get some alcohol to melt the wax. Fortunately the truck stop in Billings was a balmy -60° F because all the trucks had their engines running, so I was able to sleep without becoming a carbon popsicle. In temperatures like that diesel engines can become so cool that they’ll stop because the compression temp. is too cool for combustion.

    Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 08 at 12:06 PM • permalink

  9. Look, it’s pure and simple.  Sacrificing is what the hoi polloi does.  The rabble.  The unclean masses.  The rich and famous do not sacrifice.

    When they contribute to a charity or a noble cause, it’s not a sacrifice, it’s an investment in their marketability.  If, on the other hand, they did want to sacrifice, it wouldn’t just be from taking a commercial flight rather than a private jet.  They would do as many people do and tithe quietly, giving 10% or more of their annual income to the church or to charitable causes. 

    But they don’t.  When Barbara Streisand writes a check for a wing of a hospital in Tel Aviv, she’s giving only a fraction of her net worth.  And it comes with a brass band celebration of the greatness of Barbara Streisand.  Shallow worthless hypocrites, all.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 05 08 at 12:11 PM • permalink

  10. Sorry, the tie-in is that the diesel engine doesn’t use as much fuel as gasoline engines so the engine is cooler, and anything that uses kerosene, diesel fuel, or aviation fuel runs the risk of jelling at low temperatures (below -60° F.)

    Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 08 at 12:21 PM • permalink

  11. ” As a long haul driver in the US I can remember driving through Montana during the winter about ten years ago in -80° F weather.”

    I assume that you are referring to wind chill, not air temperature - the all time low for Montana (and the continental US) is minus 70 F.

    Posted by kpom on 2008 05 08 at 02:18 PM • permalink

  12. Funny Headline

    Posted by Rob Read on 2008 05 08 at 03:05 PM • permalink

  13. Nike, Shmike. My slippers are made from the genuine skins of dead animals!
    Come and get me, PETA!

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 08 at 04:51 PM • permalink

  14. 12 - Dolly Parton was not available for comment.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 08 at 04:53 PM • permalink

  15. #2
    Mmmm. The ones that aren’t made of kangaroo leather…

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 08 at 05:32 PM • permalink

  16. #9

    The rich and famous do not sacrifice.

    They raise awareness.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 08 at 06:18 PM • permalink

  17. kpom according to the radio which I ass-u-me has the meteorological data straight from the airport it was -80° F. I can’t be certain of the truckstop because I didn’t have a certified standard to calibrate my outside thermometer with, but it wasn’t windchill. If you feel that I’m wrong then you need to take it up with the source. BTW, that’s not something that I would forget because I didn’t know whether I would make it to the truckstop or not. I was worried about the guy that had to walk back to Columbus, MT also, so that fixed it in my mind.

    Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 09 at 12:41 AM • permalink

  18. #8 Mike H., I can vouch for those temperatures causing fuel problems.
    In 1954 as a teenage trainee jet knuck, I experienced a near death situation when the jet fuel (kerosene) turned to wax in my underwing drop tanks. It was at night with an outside air temp of -63°C (-81.4°F).
    The drop tanks were supposed to feed first and did not have fuel gauges. They stopped feeding when the kero turned into wax. First I knew of the problem was when the internal tanks’ fuel gauges started to drop 40 minutes before they should have. I realised I was not going to have enough fuel to complete my trip.
    In those early days of stratosphere flying, little thought was given to fuel freezing because the “standard” temperature in the stratosphere was -55°C which was safely above the freezing point of jet fuel.
    The temperatures experienced in the Jan 17 B777 incident are much colder than anything I experienced in 33 years of high-altitude flying.
    I thought the warmenista were claiming that the warming was most evident in the statosphere.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2008 05 09 at 02:19 AM • permalink

  19. Nike-Hercules

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 09 at 07:18 AM • permalink

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