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Witness the Carbon Footprint of This Fully Armed and Operational Climate Summit

Witness the Carbon Footprint of This Fully Armed and Operational Climate Summit

by John Hayward, November 30, 2015. Breitbart.

Skepticism about climate change dogma is reaching a generational peak.
One of the reasons is that climate change alarmists stubbornly refuse to live as if they believe a single word of what they’re saying. The size of their carbon footprints is staggering. Just look at all the fossil fuels they burn to attend entirely unnecessary “climate conferences.”

Yes, these conferences are unnecessary.

It’s 2015. We have incredibly advanced telecommuting systems. All of the political and scientific work behind a climate conference is performed using such global computer networking, long before the conference is held. Climate confabs are an excuse for politicians to soak their taxpayers for luxury junkets to exotic vacation destinations, where they stay in five-star hotels and dine on the finest gourmet foods.

(Lunch at the Paris climate conference on Monday, according to Politico: special turnip soup, scallops in a climate-symbolic “modern” sauce, stuffed celery confit with veined spinach cream, and then a trilogy of freshwater trout roe caviar, vegetable jelly, and coltsfoot, plus Reblochon au jus scented with myyrh, caraway wood, and a salad of wild undergrowth and tree beans.  And yes, of course there will be dessert – citrus compote and light cream with praline.)

Climate conferences are pricey photo ops with no valid purpose beyond influencing media coverage, a fact the grandees at the Paris event have emphasized with their insulting blather about how holding the conference will somehow “rebuke” the Islamic State.

The hilariously obvious truth that no one attending the event actually believes the apocalyptic predictions they dump on their constituents makes these conferences into the equivalent of a “safari” at Disney World – a chance to laugh, hang out with friends, and enjoy a little shiver of play-acting fear as animatronic wild animals lunge at your robot-piloted jungle cruise boat.

Of course, the international elites attending these conferences don’t want anyone measuring their Godzilla-sized carbon footprints. That would be “cynical,” to use President Obama’s new favorite word for informed skeptics. When you hear a big-spending politician rail against “cynicism,” it’s a good idea to grab your wallet, put on your green eyeshade, and start adding up their expenses. For socialists, cost-benefit analysis is the most wretched form of cynicism.

So how much carbon are these climate junketeers burning? The jet set loves to lecture the rest of us about how air travel is the worst source of carbon pollution, but apparently their airborne emissions don’t count, sort of like how everything we eat at Thanksgiving dinner is calorie-free because it’s a magical holiday.

A 2013 analysis at the New York Times described air travel as “the most serious environmental sin” committed by the Little People. “One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person,” the NYT estimated. “The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10.”

President Obama swanned off to Paris on the most fabulous private jet in the world, Air Force One, which burns about 5 gallons of jet fuel for every mile it covers. Aviation fuel supposedly releases about 21 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere per gallon, which means President Obama’s 7,656-mile round-trip to Paris will burn 38,280 gallons of fuel, and fart a whopping 803,880 pounds of carbon into the biosphere.

And he’s just one of 150 world leaders attending the conference, many of them bringing entourages that will require more than one plane. Many big-money private interests will attend as well – the climate-industrial complex is one of the richest industries on Earth, even though it doesn’t actually produce anything. The World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year seems like a roughly comparable event, and it drew 1,700 private aircraft.

They don’t tool around in Chevy Volts when they hit the ground, either. President Obama’s absurdly bloated motorcade, larger than anything fielded by actual crowned royals from nations that still have monarchies, involves dozens of gas-guzzling limousines and SUVs. Some observers report seeing Obama roll with no less than 45 large vehicles in his motorcade. His obnoxious royal presence causes massive traffic jams everywhere he goes, making innocent motorists accessories in his carbon crimes.

The White House severely dislikes answering questions about the President’s carbon footprint, especially his motorcade, so it’s hard to get a definitive answer about how much fuel his ground transportation consumes. When White House reporters raised the subject at the beginning of Obama’s presidency, the response from U.S. climate negotiators included some hysterically funny muttering about “electric vehicle motorcades.” Needless to say, that hasn’t happened, and it never will.

Throw in all of the other world leaders rolling through Paris in their considerably smaller, but still impressive, limousine-and-SUV caravans, and we’re talking about a lot of carbon pumped out for a week of glorified press conferences.

Then there’s the carbon footprint of the massive demonstrations rocking France at the moment, inspired partly by the government imposing restrictions on public protests after the recent terrorist massacre. One clash between police and rioters on Sunday destroyed a memorial to the victims of the Islamic State’s attack on Paris.

Doubtless everyone dining at the climate confab would say, around mouthfuls of scallops and Reblochon au jus scented with myyrh, that holding their five-star shindig in the face of protests and threats is a major point of the exercise this year. That doesn’t change the fact that a vast amount of motor fuel will be burned, and electric power consumed, to handle the entirely predictable strife surrounding a showboating event.

It’s not easy to calculate the total carbon footprint of such an event, especially since so many of the attendees are extremely reluctant to discuss their personal impact on Mother Earth, but Wired took a stab at it, and came up with an estimate of fifty thousand total attendees at the Paris talks, traveling an average of 9,000 miles round-trip apiece, burning 27 million gallons of jet fuel along the way. Adding in sundry ground emissions, the total carbon footprint works out to 300,000 tons of CO2, or over 23,000 times the carbon emissions of an average American for an entire year.

But none of that is supposed to matter, because the Angry Sky Gods allow their high priests and faithful worshipers a special dispensation to spew as much pollution as they want, especially during religious services.

Quote Of The Year.

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[Can’t see anyone coming up with anything better…!]

Indeed.


This is a Clash of Civilizations. We are in WWIII and only one side is taking it seriously.

John the Libertarian on November 14, 2015 at 11:43 AM


Related: The Pope concurs…

Steyn: The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates [Updated]

[Editorial note: The topic of fluffy, empty condolences was big on Twitter yesterday. We take exception to the worldwide propensity to reflect “solidarity” with France with what can only be seen as obscene spectacles such as building lights in the French Tricolor colours, while making absolutely no commitment to actually do anything about radical Islam and Islamists. Western nations and their leaders need to wake-the-hell up. Islam is not compatible with western values and thought, nor is it tolerant of the values that millions have fought and died for.]

[Update: Mark has expanded his comments on the Paris issue in today’s editorial from him. Read also Cool civilizational death wish goes viral.

The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates

by Mark Steyn, November 13, 2015

Additional resources:
Additional images from the New York Times
Extensive coverage from the Daily Mail, London

As I write, Paris is under curfew for the first time since the German occupation, and the death toll from the multiple attacks stands at 158, the vast majority of them slaughtered during a concert at the Bataclan theatre, a delightful bit of 19th century Chinoiserie on the boulevard Voltaire. The last time I was there, if memory serves, was to see Julie Pietri. I’m so bloody sick of these savages shooting and bombing and killing and blowing up everything I like – whether it’s the small Quebec town where my little girl’s favorite fondue restaurant is or my favorite hotel in Amman or the brave freespeecher who hosted me in Copenhagen …or a music hall where I liked to go to hear a little jazz and pop and get away from the cares of the world for a couple of hours. But look at the photographs from Paris: there’s nowhere to get away from it; the barbarians who yell “Allahu Akbar!” are there waiting for you …when you go to a soccer match, you go to a concert, you go for a drink on a Friday night. They’re there on the train… at the magazine office… in the Kosher supermarket… at the museum in Brussels… outside the barracks in Woolwich…

Twenty-four hours ago, I said on the radio apropos the latest campus “safe space” nonsense:

This is what we’re going to be talking about when the mullahs nuke us.

Almost. When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?

With his usual killer comedy timing, the “leader of the free world” told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning, America” this very morning that he’d “contained” ISIS and that they’re not “gaining strength”. A few hours later, a cell whose members claim to have been recruited by ISIS slaughtered over 150 people in the heart of Paris and succeeded in getting two suicide bombers and a third bomb to within a few yards of the French president.

Visiting the Bataclan, M Hollande declared that “nous allons mener le combat, il sera impitoyable“: We are going to wage a war that will be pitiless.

Does he mean it? Or is he just killing time until Obama and Cameron and Merkel and Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull fly in and they can all get back to talking about sea levels in the Maldives in the 22nd century? By which time France and Germany and Belgium and Austria and the Netherlands will have been long washed away.

Among his other coy evasions, President Obama described tonight’s events as “an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share”.

But that’s not true, is it? He’s right that it’s an attack not just on Paris or France. What it is is an attack on the west, on the civilization that built the modern world – an attack on one portion of “humanity” by those who claim to speak for another portion of “humanity”. And these are not “universal values” but values that spring from a relatively narrow segment of humanity. They were kinda sorta “universal” when the great powers were willing to enforce them around the world and the colonial subjects of ramshackle backwaters such as Aden, Sudan and the North-West Frontier Province were at least obliged to pay lip service to them. But the European empires retreated from the world, and those “universal values” are utterly alien to large parts of the map today.

And then Europe decided to invite millions of Muslims to settle in their countries. Most of those people don’t want to participate actively in bringing about the death of diners and concertgoers and soccer fans, but at a certain level most of them either wish or are indifferent to the death of the societies in which they live – modern, pluralist, western societies and those “universal values” of which Barack Obama bleats. So, if you are either an active ISIS recruit or just a guy who’s been fired up by social media, you have a very large comfort zone in which to swim, and which the authorities find almost impossible to penetrate.

And all Chancellor Merkel and the EU want to do is make that large comfort zone even larger by letting millions more “Syrian” “refugees” walk into the Continent and settle wherever they want. As I wrote after the Copenhagen attacks in February:

I would like to ask Mr Cameron and Miss Thorning-Schmidt what’s their happy ending here? What’s their roadmap for fewer “acts of violence” in the years ahead? Or are they riding on a wing and a prayer that they can manage the situation and hold it down to what cynical British civil servants used to call during the Irish “Troubles” “an acceptable level of violence”? In Pakistan and Nigeria, the citizenry are expected to live with the reality that every so often Boko Haram will kick open the door of the schoolhouse and kidnap your daughters for sex-slavery or the Taliban will gun down your kids and behead their teacher in front of the class. And it’s all entirely “random”, as President Obama would say, so you just have to put up with it once in a while, and it’s tough if it’s your kid, but that’s just the way it is. If we’re being honest here, isn’t that all Mr Cameron and Miss Thorning-Schmidt are offering their citizens? Spasms of violence as a routine feature of life, but don’t worry, we’ll do our best to contain it – and you can help mitigate it by not going to “controversial” art events, or synagogues, or gay bars, or…

…or soccer matches, or concerts, or restaurants…

To repeat what I said a few days ago, I’m Islamed out. I’m tired of Islam 24/7, at Colorado colleges, Marseilles synagogues, Sydney coffee shops, day after day after day. The west cannot win this thing with a schizophrenic strategy of targeting things and people but not targeting the ideology, of intervening ineffectually overseas and not intervening at all when it comes to the remorseless Islamization and self-segregation of large segments of their own countries.

So I say again: What’s the happy ending here? Because if M Hollande isn’t prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his “pitiless war” isn’t serious. And, if they’re still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel’s mad plan to reverse Germany’s demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren’t serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.

So screw the candlelight vigil.

Mark has written extensively about this topic in his books: Lights Out, America Alone and After America.

Tappin: Hitler reacts to the Conservative surplus

[H/T SDAthanks, Kate, for pointing us to it]

Awesome Mr. Tappin, just awesome!

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Freund: The Arab Press Reacts to the European Refugee Crisis

The Arab Press Reacts to the European Refugee Crisis by Charles Paul Freund, September 12, 2015. Reason.com “We are a nauseating nation,” wrote the Saudi journalist ‘Ali Sa’d Al-Moussa in Al-Watan on September 5, in reaction to images of Syrians and … Continue reading

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Noonan: The Migrants and the Elites

The Migrants and the Elites A humanitarian crisis threatens the future of Western institutions. By Peggy Noonan  Sept. 10, 2015, Wall Street Journal What a crisis Europe is in, with waves of migrants reaching its shores as the Arab world … Continue reading