With every international climate conference the number of private jets flying in the super-wealthy elites to lecture the rest of us seems to rise.
With the COP26 taking place in Glasgow, more than 400 private jets carrying the world’s political and business elites will blast 13,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, the Daily Record has claimed.
They say “the flights – which will produce more global warming gas than 1600 Scots burn through in a year – have been branded ‘rank climate hypocrisy’ and the ‘nadir of carbon inequality’.”
Traveling by private jet is enormously fuel inefficient, with a journey by private plane emitting 10 times as much greenhouse gases per person as the same trip on an economy class flight.
The hypocrisy hasn’t gone unnoticed, with many taking to social media to slam the obvious double standard on display at the United Nations event.
I am a lifelong environmentalist. But I refuse to buy into being hypocritically lectured about the environment and climate change from highfalutin royalty, politicians, technocrats and corporates swanking around in private jets and chauffeured in massive car cavalcades. #cop26
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) October 30, 2021
Wealthy technocrats arriving on private jets staying at luxury 5 star hotels and being chauffeured around in large entourages are about to spend the next 2 weeks lecturing us about how we need to reduce our living standards.
I won't be listening and neither should you.#COP26
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 30, 2021
Activist Michael Shellenberger accused the conference of seeking to deny African nations cheap energy.
The United Nations is using a talking dinosaur to urge poor African nations to not use fossil fuels while providing information to global elites about which airports in which they can land their private jets for next week’s climate change meeting pic.twitter.com/EolYI97c2t
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) October 30, 2021
The United Nations is using a talking dinosaur to urge poor African nations to not use fossil fuels while providing information to global elites about which airports in which they can land their private jets for next week’s climate change meeting
“The UN is greenwashing its campaign to deny cheap energy to Africans by showing pictures of poor Africans,” he said. “It’s wrong and gross. Poor Africans have vastly more to gain from fossil fuels than they have to lose from climate change, according the UN’s own IPCC and FAO research “.