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Do as we say, not as we do.

December 8, 2009

We're all for climate change but the hypocrisy needs to stop.

World leaders are currently in Copenhagen debating the global warming issue.

While it is most apparent to me that we need to do something to stop the damage we have done to the earth through our mass industrialization and draining of natural fuels, I get angry when I see articles as I did today which point the sheer hypocrisy that emanates from the world leaders teeling us what to do but not leading by example.

The Telegraph (UK) had a headline today which said: “Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges“. I almost balked and lost my tea over the keyboard. This came after this morning I heard on Radio Five Live (BBC) a woman telling me to get off the short haul flights and endure an expensive train ride to cut my emissions.

As I said at the beginning I am very much in favor of us changing our habits, weening ourselves from fuels that are both limited and destructive but how can any of these leaders seriously expect to get the ordinary person on board if they do not act according to the remit they are setting for us.

I hear everyday, and of course with renewed vigor this week, that we must do our bit. And yet what I hear is governments telling us how we will have to pay more on our air fares, more on our fuel, more on our car tax, more on our electricity bills, to cut our “Carbon Footprint”.

Include the recent revelation of Climategate into the equation, can these “esteemed” world leaders not see that every time they pick on the every day Joe, who has already been hit left, right and center this year due to the banking crisis, they only make people into skeptics?

It’s not unreasonable to understand why people have claimed this is a mere money making scheme, more stealth taxes, especially when you hear that the solution is more nuclear power stations. What about hydro electricity? Water used to power the mills, and water is a resource we are in abundance of, and it’s use as an energy source will not “drain” it.

So when I read The Telegraph’s story today, I found myself more understanding of the skeptics arguments. I do not agree with those who say there is no Global Warming, like for example Sean Hannity from Fox; “The debate’s over. There’s no Global Warming”. But I do empathize with those who will question just how serious governments are about doing something or are they too busy counting the cost of those lovely new environment taxes?

Majken Friss Jorgensen, who is a managing director at Copenhagen’s largest limo company says to The Telegraph, when asked about how many electric cars were used at this summit;

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”

And that to me says it all – the climate change strategy is being politicized and monetized by the governments. It seems that instead of thinking how can we save the planet, the actual thinking is, how can we fleece the planet? And by going to the summit in gas guzzlers and polluters, cars and planes, I just can not see how they think they can warm people to the need to do something before it’s too late, when they overwhelming stench is of hypocrisy.

Change the Politics, Save the Climate

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