Ecopocrisy Update: The Carbon Footprint of the U.N. Climate Summit

The big United Nations Climate Summit is going on in New York, and thousands of people have flown in for the meetings. This involves over 100 heads of state and their respective entourages, mistresses, masseuses, attorneys and money launderers (sometimes all rolled into the same person), and many bring their own gas guzzling ground fleet with them as well.

So, what is the carbon footprint of the U.N. climate summit? There isn’t a footprint, because it’s more like a meteor crater.

Via CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller:

To hear world leaders and others addressing the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, the threat could not be more real and the need more urgent to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. But in stark contrast to the earnest statements is the carbon footprint associated with their gathering.

It happens every autumn: midtown Manhattan becomes the motorcade capital of the world. Each foreign leader in town has a convoy of vehicles. Some of them, like President Obama’s motorcade, are 20-to-30 vehicles in length. It’s so long – it seems that when the front of it reaches the U.N., the back end is still back at his hotel.

Exacerbating the annual exercise in diplomatic gridlock are police actions, blocking intersections and closing streets for security to facilitate motorcade movements. It renders countless other vehicles immobile while waiting for motorcades to pass, their engines idling but still blowing exhaust into the midtown air.

Does it undermine the goal of the climate change summit and cause the pledges of environmental concern to ring hollow?

Asked about it, White House climate change negotiator Todd Sterns had a suggestion.

“I think the U.N. should make a pledge to electric vehicle motorcades within five years,” he said.

Right. As soon as all U.N. diplomats pay their parking tickets

Yeah, why meet in person? Haven’t these pinheads ever heard of “”? Talk about a “green” meeting. But that would deprive everyone of coming to the nation they’re trying to soak under the guise of fear generated by junk science and greed. You’ve got to be in the neighborhood if you’re going to strip the tires off the car.

As far as the “carbon footprint” of this gigantic meeting at Club-Bureaucrat goes, “climate change” is a self-perpetuating cause. In other words, if man-made climate change wasn’t a problem before these meetings, it sure as hell will be after.

Al Gore, how do you feel about burning tons and tons of gasoline in private jets and ground vehicles to attend emergency summits on saving the earth from the ravages of burning fossil fuels? … Al? … Al?


By the way, if you don’t know much about Mark Knoller, follow him on Twitter. He’s breaks ranks with the ordinary Hope & Change Kool Aid drinkers we’ve come to expect from the MSM. Tapper’s good too.

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