By MARK STEYN
What Copenhagen showed the world;
Ian Fry gave an impassioned plea for “his country,” Tuvalu. Small problem, Fry’s country is not Tuvalu but Australia, where he lives relatively safe from rising sea levels given that he’s a hundred miles inland as a “career doom-monger.”
Prince Charles, so famously concerned about the environment that he’s known as the “Green Prince,” annual carbon footprint of 2,601 tons. The average wasteful Brit has a carbon footprint of 11 tons. Charles was flown in to Copenhagen for a speech on one of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of VIP jets from the Royal Squadron, using up seven months worth of the average Brit’s annual carbon footprint on one short flight.
But, not to be alarmed, he buys offsets, with his British subjects tax dollars.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri head of the IPCC, noted for demanding “hefty aviation taxes be introduced to deter people from flying,” flew 443,226 miles on “IPCC business” in the year and a half before the Copenhagen.
Al Gore is a carbon billionaire: He makes more money buying offsets from himself than his dad did from investing in Occidental Petroleum.
On the legal Danish Prostitutes offering free service to the delegates? The City of Copenhagen distributed cards to every hotel room showing a lady of the evening at a seedy street corner over the slogan “BE SUSTAINABLE: Don’t Buy Sex.”
Copenhagen was a joke, but no ones laughing that paid attention.