Climate Change Hypocrisy: Davos Summit To Receive Nearly 1,500 Jets

So, none of these self-appointed hypocrites who will arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland actually believe the nonsense they are attempting to sell to the public.  According to reports, nearly 1,500 private jets are expected to land there this week.

The number of jets is up from last year, which was numbered around 1,300.

“We have had bookings from as far as our operations in Hong Kong, India and the US,” Andy Christie, private jets director at Air Charter Service, said in a statement. “No other event has the same global appeal.”

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“There appears to be a trend towards larger aircraft, with expensive heavy jets the aircraft of choice,” Christie said. “This is at least in part due to some of the long distances traveled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another.”

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Most of those jets are either going to or coming from Germany, France, the UK, the US, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, according to Christie.

Apparently, none of these people can do the equivalent of carpooling on jets for some reason.  Perhaps, it’s because they have too much of an elitist mentality.

Quentin Fottrell and Jacob Passy report:

Air travel comes with a hefty carbon footprint, generating greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Davos attendees will have an opportunity to discuss that issue in depth, with “Safeguarding Our Planet” the title of one of the panel sessions scheduled for Tuesday. “The World Economic Forum Climate Initiative provides a global platform to help raise ambition and accelerate climate action,” according to the WEF. “Public- and private-sector collaboration is essential to create a marketplace that will enable dramatic reductions in emissions and build resilience.”

While the duo point out that many of the very wealthy are going from simple private ownership of jets and moving towards “fractional ownership of planes (where you split the costs and title to the aircraft with a small group of other users almost like a timeshare), jet card membership programs (where travelers typically pre-purchase a package of flight hours on a specific model of plane to be used by a certain date), and on-demand chartering (think an Uber-style service for private planes where you can book one on short notice),” that does not mean they are decreasing their carbon footprint.  In fact, they are more than likely using that to not only save money but to also put on a thin veneer that they are actually doing something to promote the snake oil they are peddling.

Still, you can count on those selling the lie of climate change and global warming to lie about private jet usage.

According to the World Economic Forum:

  • Based on official statistics for business jet use into and out of Zurich and St Gallen airports, we estimate 14% less private jet use in 2019 compared to 2018
  • Taking into account the average number of flights expected at both airports during the year, this equates to around 270 ‘movements’ or a maximum of 135 there-and-back flights
  • The Forum offsets all carbon emissions related to air travel to and from our Annual Meeting

Still, what is with the “offsets”?  Exactly how does the WEF do this?  We’re not really told.

However, what they don’t tell you is that many will fly to other airports and charter helicopters to the forum, according to Marketwatch, and ACS.

Perhaps the WEF would like to give us a presentation of how they do this offsetting of “all carbon emissions related to air travel to and from” their annual meeting.

I’m sorry, I’m just not buying it.  Are they producing more oxygen?  Probably not, but as we all know from grade school, CO2 is good for the planet.  It’s what makes things green, and in turn, those green things produce oxygen for us to breathe.  Still, silly people think this is a bad thing and needs to be taxed.  Fools, I say.

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