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UN environment chief quits after he is accused of ‘obscene CO2 hypocrisy’ for spending £390,000 flying around the world in 22 months while lecturing on climate change

November 22, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Patsy Lacey


From the Mail:


The United Nation’s environment chief has resigned after being accused of ‘obscene CO2 hypocrisy’ for the expenses he claimed while flying around the world to give lectures on climate change.

Erik Solheim has stepped down from his role after an internal audit revealed that he had spent £390,000 on flights and hotel stays in just 22 months and had spent 80% of his time away from his base in Nairobi.

It is believed that Solheim was asked to resign by the UN secretary general, António Guterres and a UN staff union leader branded some of his expenses as ‘mind-blowing’.

Countries like the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden were so incensed at Solheim’s attitude that they were withholding tens of millions of dollars in funding to the UNEP, the UN’s environment programme, threatening a financial crisis.

Solheim, a former Norwegian diplomat, politician and environment minister, announced on the UN Environment Program’s website that he quit on Thursday, after he had received the final report on the audit of his official travel by the UN’s internal watchdog.

The audit said that Solheim was a ‘reputation risk’ for the UN and also said that he had ‘no regard for abiding by the set regulations and rules’.

Other damning statements to come out of the audit include the fact that Solheim did not properly account for some of his trips abroad and even let staff work in Europe rather than Kenya.



Now they might care to turn their attention to the thousands of climate scientists, climate bureaucrats and green activists who also regularly jet around the world, whilst preening their green credentials.

  1. November 22, 2018 11:14 am

    Just like the EU, the UN is run by an unelected, incompetent and corrupt set of bureaucrats. We ordinary citizens have no power to remove these oligarchs.

    • Adrian permalink
      November 22, 2018 11:30 am

      Yeah, but you got to admit it is (was) a nice job. Not sure why I never get ’em.

      Forget the hypocrisy really, it’s government work, it’s always hypocritical. I shouldn’t worry overly about the unelected bit either to be honest. Can you tell me any elected ones that shine out for probity or even, heaven forbid, rationality and intellectual capability.

      • Old Englander permalink
        November 22, 2018 4:53 pm

        I don’t worry about them not being elected. It’s not being accountable that really offends. The remarkable aspect is that this is the head honcho being held accountable, so some upside at least. That said, his real offence wasn’t his views (right on there) but being caught out enjoying his expensive perks so embarrassingly that he had to go. People might start to suspect similar behaviour from other senior officials, and that can’t possibly be, can it?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 22, 2018 1:46 pm

      It is not as if the UK has a functioning democracy. If you are a conservative you have no party to represent you. And once they have told a pack of lies during an election campaign – when called to task on this one Labour MP shrugged it off as just ‘campaigning’ – and are safely in place they can just show you two fingers with impunity. We need the Harrogate Agenda and right of recall.

    • November 22, 2018 5:52 pm

      While you are writing about UN and EU incompetents do you or anyone else know who or what is the composition of the ‘Establishment” who seem to be the ruination of this country?

  2. Dodgy Geezer permalink
    November 22, 2018 11:24 am

    …The United Nation’s environment chief has resigned after being accused of ‘obscene CO2 hypocrisy’ for the expenses he claimed while flying around the world to give lectures on climate change….

    I can’t understand this!!

    Everyone knows that Climate Change jobs are a license to swan around the world holding expensive parties. How else are they going to spend the trillions of dollars which keep coming in?

    I suspect that there is something deeper behind this. Perhaps Solheim wasn’t spending enough?

  3. November 22, 2018 11:36 am

    This ‘Resigning after Obscene Hypocrisy’ – will it ever catch on as a new strategy among the publicly funded??!! Hows about publicly “negotiating Brexit” while all the time being a dyed in the wool Remainer? Yes Theresa, I am thinking about you!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 22, 2018 1:43 pm

      Yesterday, in answer to a Corbyn question May used her new threat that if the zombie deal is rejected there might be no exit. Then a little bit later in response to Esther McVey’s question of if we will definitely be free on the EU at 11.01 on 30 March 2019, May said ‘Yes’. And they wonder why they are not trusted.

  4. TinyCO2 permalink
    November 22, 2018 11:58 am

    Warmists are amazingly unconcerned about their own CO2 footprints. They strongly resist the idea that they should unilaterally cut their emissions while there are Westerners resisting the CAGW message. What sickens is that much of this jet setting about would have been aimed at persuading developing countries not to use cheap, reliable fossil fuels, even at the expense of not deveolping as fast as they could.

  5. gregory waggett permalink
    November 22, 2018 12:54 pm

    All ‘green’ politicians who drive SUVs should be outed.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 22, 2018 1:48 pm

      Any who drive a fossil-fueled vehicle should be outed. And why not go further and vilify them if their electricity used for charging is not renewable even if they have a battery car.

      • November 23, 2018 12:13 pm

        Why stop there? Do they use the benefits of fossil fuels in their homes or are they totally off the grid?

        Further, do they use computers, washers, dryers, etc which use fossil fuels in the manufacture and plastics in their construction?

  6. November 22, 2018 4:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
    Anyone who thought the UN climate alarm crew were a bunch of phonies is not going to be dissuaded by this.

  7. November 22, 2018 5:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  8. HotScot permalink
    November 22, 2018 7:00 pm

    And yet the ‘scandal’ to hit the news today is that the woman who founded paid herself £267 Million this year. Around half of that would be handed straight to HM Customs and Excise in the form of income tax, and it’s probably a damn site more than Google, Amazon and Starbucks collectively paid this year.

    I might add, that £267 Million has come from the pockets of hard working individuals who have already paid tax on it. Double Bubble for the tax man.

    Whilst waste and unnecessary spending by civil servants is tolerated by the British public because it’s ‘for the country’ the moment anyone actually works for, and earns the money they deserve, they are the ones vilified.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      November 22, 2018 7:47 pm

      I suspect her package is a bit more tax efficient than you envisage Hottie!

      Anyway, how did a WOMAN become the top paid boss in a world awash with sexism and misogyny and discrimination?

      • HotScot permalink
        November 23, 2018 1:00 am


        Had that been the case the MSM would be screaming it from the rooftops.

        On your second point, I agree 100%. The glass ceiling didn’t seem to bother her.

      • bobn permalink
        November 23, 2018 11:26 am

        Her company Bet365 is domiciled in Gibralter, so not sure how much tax it pays. I expect she receives most of her income ‘abroad’ and not as taxable salary (capital gains, options, share grants that can then be sold abroad?) so doubt she’s paying income tax on even half her remuneration.

  9. November 22, 2018 7:35 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    For me not for thee

  10. Hivemind permalink
    November 23, 2018 3:23 am

    “…lecturing on climate change…”

    I think you meant “hectoring on climate change”

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