Contentions Flying Around on Private Jets to Save the Planet
1/26/2015 John Steele Gordon
Glenn Reynolds, of Instapundit fame, is fond of saying that he’ll believe there’s a climate change crisis when the people who say there’s a climate change crisis start acting like there’s a climate change crisis.
They haven’t started yet. The annual World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, for instance, is on right now and its attendees arrived in an estimated 1,700 private jets. Among the attendees are Al Gore and Pharrell Williams.
They are in Davos to announce that there will be a repeat of 2007’s Live Earth concert, which was held in venues around the world that year to unite people in saving the planet. The new concert has the objective of getting a petition signed by one billion people:
Williams, who performed at Live Earth Rio in 2007 but wouldn’t comment on whether he’d take the stage this time around, stressed that the festival’s lineup isn’t as important as its purpose. “Instead of just having people perform, we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once,” Pharrell said. The goal of the 24-hour festival is to collect one billion signatures urging world leaders to adopt a new climate accord at the Paris conference.
The Paris conference will be the latest meeting of the IPCC, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These IPCC conferences are always held in places anyone would like to travel to on someone else’s nickel. The one held in Bali a few years ago was so crowded with private jets that people had to be ferried over from an airport on next-door Java. I trust that Charles DeGaulle Airport has plenty of parking space for private jets.
And speaking of private jets, take a look at Pharrell Williams’ personal carbon footprint. (H/T PowerLine). Is there any limit to the sacrifice he’s willing for other people to make to save the planet?