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Record private jet flights into Davos as leaders arrive for climate talk

January 23, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward



I’m lost for words!!


David Attenborough might have urged world leaders at Davos to take urgent action on climate change, but it appears no one was listening. As he spoke, experts predicted up to 1,500 individual private jets will fly to and from airfields serving the Swiss ski resort this week.

Political and business leaders and lobbyists are opting for bigger, more expensive aircrafts, according to analysis by the Air Charter Service, which found the number of private jet flights grew by 11% last year.

“There appears to be a trend towards larger aircraft, with expensive heavy jets the aircraft of choice, with Gulfstream GVs and Global Expresses both being used more than 100 times each last year,” said Andy Christie, private jets director at the ACS.

This is partly due to the long distances travelled, he said, “but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another”. Last year, more than 1,300 aircraft flights were recorded at the conference, the highest number since ACS began recording private jet activity in 2013.

Countries with the highest number of arrivals and departures out of the local airports over the past five years included Germany, France, UK, US, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, according to ACS.

The World Economic Forum’s global risk report, released ahead of this week’s meeting, identified environmental challenges, including the failure to mitigate climate change, as top of the list of dangers facing the world economy.

On Monday, broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough warned that “the Garden of Eden is no more”, and urged political and business leaders to make a renewed push to tackle climate change.

“We have changed the world so much that scientists claim we are in a new geological age, the anthropocene, the age of humans,” he said.

“What we do now, and in the next few years, will profoundly affect the next few thousand years,” added Attenborough, who received a Crystal award from the WEF for his work.

Speaking to journalists after his speech, Attenborough warned that economic models needed to change. “Growth is going to come to an end, either suddenly or in a controlled way.”

  1. January 23, 2019 10:54 am

    As usual, Attenborough is 100% wrong. We are not “in a new geological age, the anthropocene, the age of humans”.

    ““The Anthropocene as a geological epoch is not formally recognized”… So… “The term Anthropocene has” NOT “been widely used for the current period in Earth’s geological history“. It may be frequently used by activists and scientists who are ignorant of basic geology, but geologically speaking the term “Anthropocene” does not exist in any relationship to any period, epoch, age, era or eon in Earth’s geological history”.


    • bobn permalink
      January 23, 2019 11:29 am

      Correct. Not a geologic era but perhaps could be applied to the modern ‘social’ era. Just as we had the age of enlightenment we could label our current anti-enlightenment, anti-reason age where emotion trumps logic or science as the anthro-obscene. The age of idiocy is upon us.

      • The Man at the Back permalink
        January 23, 2019 1:52 pm

        I couldn’t have put it better bob – well I couldn’t have put it as good.

        Will there be an end to idiocy? Will reality encroach enough to defeat it?

        I don’t know and I don’t have enough life left now to be sure of hearing the result!!

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 23, 2019 2:01 pm

        The ‘Adjustocene’ is one I like. If the data doesn’t fit, just fiddle it so it does. the other one that came to mind reading the hydrogen post is the ‘Retardocene’ where the retards are in charge and mankind is going backwards.

      • A C Osborn permalink
        January 23, 2019 3:50 pm

        Man at the back, there is no idiocy involved in those at the meeting, or anyone else involved in “Climate Change”, it is strictly about the CASH and there are literally $Trillions involved per year.
        Outright Cynicism it was is involved here.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        January 23, 2019 4:50 pm

        Another, rather neat, description of the time we live in is the ‘Age of Entitlement’, originally coined to describd the “Me” generation but I think equally valid as referring to the climate activists, hangers-on, and virtue-signalling politicians whose philosophy is “I know it’s tough but somebody has to do it.” Or its variant “you surely don’t think I actually enjoy swanning around the world travelling first-class and staying in five-star hotels at somebody else’s expense (usually yours!), do you?” Er, yes, actually!

      • Eddie P permalink
        January 24, 2019 8:46 am

        But isn’t it correct to say that any scientific sounding word of more than two syllables is enough to convince the general public especially when they are used by a celebrity. In such cases the true facts are unimportant.

    • Jon Scott permalink
      January 23, 2019 5:02 pm

      Worst of all Attenborough has a degree in geology. I had profound respect for him but just cannot understand his stance as if heforgot the “long view”. I think he uses anthropocece as almost a pejorative.

      • Jon Scott permalink
        January 23, 2019 9:00 pm

        Excuse the typo, anthropocene

      • dave permalink
        January 24, 2019 11:06 am

        “…degree in geology…”

        There is something a little odd about this.

        His wiki biography says he went up to Clare College Cambridge in 1945 and graduated in Natural Sciences in 1947. That is not possible! Cambridge requires NINE terms in residence for a B.A. unless you already have a degree from elsewhere. Two years would only be enough to get Part I of a degree.

  2. Ian permalink
    January 23, 2019 11:51 am

    We live in parallel universes. I find politicians’ attitudes very frustrating, especially those who go on incessantly about “austerity” and the “cost of living crisis” whilst voting through incredible measures (the ones who aren’t like this are on the gravy train). Even the more sceptical and open-minded MPs like Graham Stringer appear to be quite passive, at least in terms of having any influence.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      January 23, 2019 1:01 pm

      “Especially those who go on incessantly about “austerity” and the “cost of living crisis””

      This must be very localised. On my travels it seems as if every house has at least 2 cars outside (often more), and these are invariably quite recent models. Smart phone ownership is virtually universal (apart from awkward old sods like me), and children barely old enough to walk have their “own” iPads – indeed, many schools now require their children to have one. As you say, Ian – some of us must live in a parallel universe…

      • The Man at the Back permalink
        January 23, 2019 2:17 pm

        Dave – the new poverty is struggling to afford a new mobile phone contract!!

        I think back to when I was younger and my children were small, we would be happy to get secondhand stuff and save a lot money (we didn’t have). Recently a virtually unmarked £700 pram system took a year to sell at £150. Of course it was ed Miliband who told us there was a cost of living crisis – the £18bn pa he added to electricity bills with the CCA had nothing to do with it. As bobn says above reason and reality are not an option for today’s politician, even those on the right (stop sniggering).

        I often say that I am not fond of conspiracy theories, preferring the cock-up version, but the indoctrination of the young at schools and universities in Marxist views, that leave them as debt slaves looks planned. It is just as true in USA as in the UK.

        Jobs that didn’t need a graduate in the UK are now redefined as needing one – you can’t allow anyone to get away without accruing some debt. (there are moves in both countries to move away from the problem)

        Still once Corbyn and Occasional-Cortex are running things all will be fine. The CAGW scam is part of the play – Corbyn may have an astrophysicist brother who tells him it’s a scam, but he still has to sing off the correct hymn-sheet.

      • Ian permalink
        January 23, 2019 2:59 pm

        Spot on. You should see the cars turning up on the school run!

      • HotScot permalink
        January 23, 2019 6:27 pm

        The Man at the Back

        Great comment. I particularly like your observation on conspiracy theories. I feel the same as you but it’s getting increasingly difficult not to believe there is something sinister going on.

  3. January 23, 2019 12:12 pm

    David Attenborough reveals himself as one of the World’s chief Chicken Little cowards.

    Perhaps almost on a par with the depopulationist Malthusian Nazi Paul Ehrlich, one of this planet’s chief doomsters, & a man who has never been right on any dire prediction his entire life? & perhaps Attenborough is a more powerful voice of antihumanism through his widely distributed insidiously anti-human, pro-nature TV programs?

    The “genius” Ehrlich, & his Nazi protege & co-author John Holdren , lost money in a bet with the economist Julian L. Simon, 1980 to 1990, regarding resource scarcity. Simon had started his career thinking war & overpopulation were mankinds’ greatest problems. Examination of the data forced him to the conclusion that, counter-intuitively, a growing, & prosperous population is a boon to both people & planet, as more affluent people take better care of their environments.
    Simon’s 1998 book, The Ultimate Resource 2, is a joy to read & holds out the possibility of a great future for us on an ever-better cared for planet.

    When I think of the forthright Dr. David Bellamy condemning the ridiculous man-made Co2 as warming pollutant, driving our climate toward imminent catastrophe in the single word: “poppycock”, I feel a glow of respect.

    When I think of Dr. David Attenborough & his relentless promotion of the drivel, my feelings are of contempt.

    John Doran.

    • Jon Scott permalink
      January 23, 2019 8:58 pm

      Dr Bellamy’s life was ruined because of his basic and normal scientific skepticism. A prince amongst men

      • January 27, 2019 6:07 am

        Let’s not wax overdramatic. David Bellamy has been unjustly treated by the establishment, but on the up-side, he no longer has to inhabit that particular anthropogenic swamp and is free to roam the natural bogs and wetlands he loves so much or to potter about in his garden. And he still has a lot of respect among the cognoscenti.

        It would be more reasonable to say that David Attenborough’s life and reputation have been ruined by his decision to act willingly as a marionette for the promoters of the Climate Associated Super Heating (CASH) scam. How does he manage to get to sleep at night?

  4. January 23, 2019 12:15 pm

    Phillip, on the subject of Attenborough being 100% wrong:

    In his interview with the Duke of Cambridge, Sir David said it was “difficult to overstate” the climate change crisis.

    No, it’s very easy. The media, politicians and climate scientists do it every day.

  5. January 23, 2019 12:46 pm

    David can rest easily. President Trump had planned to go, but now is NOT going.

    He has also pulled out the US Delegation with leader, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

    The absence of Air Force One should make room for several of their little private jets.

    Now they can have their “whine” and brie without the disrupt-er-in-chief and our financial team. Trump gave them the “what for” last year.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 23, 2019 2:02 pm

      I hope with his business head, the Great Don has realised that it is a waste of his valuable time. Heck, he has a massive swamp to drain.

      • January 24, 2019 11:53 am

        I think he went and thought of going to continue putting that group on notice.

  6. January 23, 2019 3:04 pm

    “Only little people pay [carbon] taxes.”

  7. Broadlands permalink
    January 23, 2019 3:39 pm

    It seems to have been forgotten, ignored, by those who coined, concocted and derisively use the term “Anthropocene” that this period (whether accepted geologically or not) has seen the most incredible technological progress for more humans, their agriculture and their animals than at any other time in history….using carbon as a source of energy that they now wish to destroy while arriving in their private jets to discuss it. Amazing!

  8. Ben Vorlich permalink
    January 23, 2019 3:47 pm

    I assume that Big Dave arrived in one of those private jets?

  9. Athelstan permalink
    January 23, 2019 5:46 pm

    Big gob malthusian witters on about imaginary threats and on the ‘adjustocene’: when post modernism booted science out of the window and all common sense with it.

    I wouldn’t give Attenborough a platform in our local allotments, mind you with Charlies’ lad and ‘David the holier than thou one’, in the local woods might be a better venue, at least they could talk to the trees and let their mouths do what the bears do, le faire naturellement.

  10. Jack Broughton permalink
    January 23, 2019 5:55 pm

    What amazes me about Attenborough and many other well educated people, is that they will say “scientists say” as if that proves any hypothesis. I have shocked some of our brain-washed young friends by telling them that there is no significant climate change occurring and that the underlying theory is based on disproven 19th century physics (i.e. radiation of grey gases). They cannot think beyond their washed-brains: also, the desire of the young to save the world responds strongly to such fear-campaigns

    • dave permalink
      January 24, 2019 10:51 am

      Humans are hard-wired to respond more to alarming news than to soothing news*

      An aspect of this, is that we are also hard-wired to ENJOY making wild predictions and gaining respect thereby:

      “They hung on my every word , once I had explained that we are all doomed unless I lead!”

      Remember Charles Dickens’ pot-boy? Who loved to “make ya blood freeze!”

      * Surely, because, while evolving, we were more prey than predator!

      Attenborough is just a luvvie presenter; as his brother was just a luvvie actor.

  11. Realistic permalink
    January 24, 2019 8:24 am

    It’s because they all work for the Rothschild.. They all don’t give a shit about humans and NEVER will!!

    Climate change doesn’t exist and nor does most of the BS they say! It’s all about making themselves more powerful and more rich!!

    Hence why they turn £60M jets.

  12. A C Osborn permalink
    January 25, 2019 1:28 pm

    Seeing the School Girl at Davos, if you believe her, it becomes obvious that the Climate Brgade are guilty of extreme Child Mental Abuse.

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