I believe that my stance on Global Warming should be pretty clear to anyone who might bother to read my comments spread all over TDG —namely, that I join the ranks of those who think our world is at a great peril, due to the climate changes brought (in a significant way) by our reckless administration of this planet's resources.
I might also add that I'm the kind of person you *don't* want near during the mornings; and that's because one of my favorite rituals is to yell in anger whenever I read some scandalous article in the newspaper.
So this morning I'm pretty sure all my neighbors in a very wide radius around my home noticed my gutural reaction to this tiny article I read on Reforma, commenting on another article by The Daily Telegraph of Dec. 5, in which I learned of all the limousines being chartered by the international delegations during the Copenhagen summit:
Ms Jorgensen [managing director of Copenhagen's biggest limousine company] reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. "We haven't got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand," she says. "We're having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden."
Jesus, Mary & Josephine! I mean, it's not that I was expecting the leaders of the nations to swim all the way to Denmark, in order to save all those tonnes of carbon released during their airplane flights. And I realize that expecting them to move around Copenhaguen on a bike might be a bit too demanding for some of the more senior attendants... but COME ON!! 42 limos, France? Srsly?? You need all those wheels in order to haul Sarkozy's ego?
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 then politicians wonder why they don't manage to convince the common people to accept their proposals. My personal definition of politician is: "A human being completely devoid of congruence."
An alternative one might be "Bipedal oxymoron." I'll let you choose your favorite or suggest other ones.
IMO, it's precisely actions like these, that sabotage the Enviromental movement much more than any old hacked e-mail released into the web for whatever obscure intentions. It's because it belittles the honest work & commitment of the people that are trying to change things for the better. It's a symbol of why we're having to deal with this pickle in the first place.
It was the same with that other important summit where the leaders of the world gathered to discuss global hunger: making speeches about how children in Africa & Asia starve to death while making toasts with champagne & gobbling truffles & caviar.
Now I realize why it was so fitting to choose Copenhagen to host this summit. With these kind of "leaders", the only viable plan we might have to survive Climate change and the inevitable rise of the oceans, would be if we follow the suggestions of the local artists :-/
[UPDATE/Dec 27th]: Checking past episodes of The Daily Show, I found out that Jon Stewart commented on the limo fiasco (on Dec 14th) in his own incomparable style. Enjoy!