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Ed Miliband Racks Up 19000 Air Miles (Despite Calling For Flight Crackdown!)

April 30, 2019

By Paul Homewood


Perhaps Greta should have a word with Ed!


Ed Miliband was busy evangelising on Today this morning about the need to declare a climate “emergency”, advocating restricting flights and slapping higher taxes on plane tickets. Unfortunately for poor Mother Earth, Ed doesn’t seem to have believed it was enough of an emergency to alter his own travel habits. Since December 2017 Ed has racked up over 19,000 air miles, pumping out over 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide:

  • Essaouira, Morocco: over 2,800 miles return
  • Week-long American tour including Boston and Chicago: over 8,000 mile round trip
  • Iceland: 2,360 miles return
  • Malaga: 2,080 miles return
  • Zurich: 978 miles return
  • Vienna: 1,582 miles return
  • Florence: 1,512 miles return

At least Ed has saved some air miles by combining various work trips with family trips, a donor was kind enough to pay for his wife to come along on his Malaga trip, while his kids came along on his US tour and even got treated to free game tickets for his beloved Boston Red Sox. Air Miliband is clearly a classy affair, Ed’s trip to Florence came in at a handsome £1,090 for just one night’s accommodation with returns flights and ‘subsistence’. At least Ed won’t have to worry himself about the taxes going up, it’s just his donors who’ll be taking the hit…

  1. Immune to propaganda permalink
    April 30, 2019 10:35 pm

    I’m sick of these eco fools and hypocrites. I think it’s about time they received a good hiding!

  2. W A R permalink
    April 30, 2019 10:44 pm

    Just like the climate protestors (rent a crowd?) around the world all wearing, carrying, using syntheitcs that require oil and petroleum products to produce.

  3. Joe Public permalink
    April 30, 2019 10:55 pm

    There’s another climate beano coming up

    UN Climate Action Summit 2019 – New York, in September!

    “UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.”

    • Broadlands permalink
      May 1, 2019 1:39 am

      “António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans…”

      Concrete?? Tony? Concrete is cement aggregate and like asphalt adds to “global warming”. Can’t use those…especially to support all those wind turbine platforms and those roads for electric vehicles. Realistic plans? There are none, to date. So, Antonio, what is your back-up plan to yet again talk about…after all those leaders flying in (again) to listen are collectively adding more CO2 to the atmosphere. Realism is not the UN Climate Action’s strongest attribute. Net zero realism plus costly unrealism. A formula for disaster?

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 30, 2019 11:25 pm

    Currently, solar 0, wind <2% (0.5GW) of low demand, BUT coal ZERO too.

    No doubt this is another example of renewables successfully displacing coal in the minds of the deluded.

    • Robin Guenier permalink
      May 1, 2019 7:07 am

      And this morning (7:00 rush hour): solar 0.5%, wind 0.7%, coal 0% and CCGT 58.6%. So, we’re getting rid of that evil coal, but more effort needed re gas – don’t they realise there’s an emergency?.

      • Iain A Reid permalink
        May 1, 2019 7:32 am

        Robin/Mr G N,

        while the coal stations are not contributing to the grid, they are running on stand by. They cannot just be switched off and on when they are not feeding the grid.


    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      May 1, 2019 10:30 am

      We know Iain, also >6% of demand was/is being met from ex-coal burning Drax destroying NA forests.

      The point is wind/solar are not successfully displacing coal as frequently claimed in the press. It’s chiefly gas.

  5. Graeme No.3 permalink
    April 30, 2019 11:42 pm

    It used to be Bollinger socialists, now they drink the more expensive Krug.

  6. Dick Goodwin permalink
    May 1, 2019 1:34 am

    Why does he keep coming back?

  7. May 1, 2019 6:16 am

    He’s just another typical, hypocritical socialist (other people’s money) who has never done a proper day’s work in his life.

  8. andy mckendrick permalink
    May 1, 2019 8:27 am

    Sad thing about Ed`s tickets were the words return.

  9. dennisambler permalink
    May 1, 2019 9:51 am

    One of the classics was a few years back when Pachauri flew back to India for a weekend from the UN in New York to play cricket and then flew back to New York again.

    Had me stumped…

  10. A man of no rank permalink
    May 1, 2019 9:59 am

    The Milliband brothers have had a profound effect on our country.
    One delivers the Climate Change Act and the other changes the way the Labour party chose their leader.
    Surely cock-ups on this scale deserve knighthoods!

  11. jack broughton permalink
    May 1, 2019 10:16 am

    If we declare a climate emergency will it give us grounds to occupy Norway, attack all fossil-fuel equipment in China, India and various other soft-target countries to save us all?

    Otherwise, what is the point to the UK having an emergency that is unrecognised elsewhere: every country that is embracing our CCA will no doubt follow us!

  12. Ian permalink
    May 1, 2019 11:45 am

    He’s got a brilliant strategy for answering this – it shouldn’t be judged at the individual level. That’s OK then. Just watching Politics Live (should be Politics Lies?), and the ludicrous claims by the hypocrite politicians that a) there’s an emergency and b) it’s a doddle to solve. All the he usual lies, unchallenged.

    This afternoon’s debate should be hysterical.

  13. George Lawson permalink
    May 1, 2019 11:50 am

    Why do these silly people keep making these impossible-to-implement suggestions which will have no effect whatsoever on the non-existent global warming scam, when from their own experience they must appreciate that the worlds economy will come to a standstill if flying across the world to do business is curtailed. And what about the worlds airlines whose businesses rely on people travelling to develop the worlds economy in the interests of a better life for everyone. Perhaps someone should ask the young Milliband how he would see his ideas being put into practice.

  14. Shalewatcher permalink
    May 1, 2019 4:40 pm

    An article has recently appeared on entitled “The Beginning Of The End For British Shale Gas”. Interestingly and perhaps suspiciously the author was Viktor Katona an “Expert” at the Russian International Affairs Council; this Council is described by Wikipaedia as “founded on orders of then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to contribute to Russia’s soft power efforts”

    Along the same lines, the Keisser Report from the website, Russia Today an alleged mouthpiece of the Kremlin has described frackers as “the moral equivalent of paedophiles”.

    Perhaps it is relevant that Anders Rasmussen, the former NATO Secretary-General, has accused Moscow of campaigning to undermine shale gas and the US Director of National Intelligence said : “RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health. This is likely reflective of the Russian Government’s concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom’s profitability”.

    In my view investigative journalism or even GCHQ should be investigating whether Russia may be supporting well-intentioned environmentalists with hard cash (perhaps without their knowledge), since by so-doing, Russian intelligence would gain Western mouthpieces to influence Western audiences in its favour.

    I note that Amnesty International may adopt climate change as a “key issue”, in other words may possibly support U.K. lorry surfers in the same way they might currently support torture victims or women’s rights activists across the world.

  15. NeilC permalink
    May 1, 2019 5:25 pm

    The UK, (covering 95% of population) over the last 20 years has had NO statistaclly significant change of temperatures, atmospheric pressure, dew point, humidity, wind speed, rainfall volume, rainfall duration or sunshine.

    So exactly where is this climate emergency, just in their tiny brains.

  16. john cooknell permalink
    May 1, 2019 9:51 pm

    The British Parliament has always been at the forefront of declaring climate emergencies, they first did it in 1661

    1. Samuel Pepys 21st jan 1661
    It is strange what weather we have had all this winter; no cold at all; but the ways are dusty, and the flyes fly up and down, and the rose-bushes are full of leaves, such a time of the year as was never known in this world before here.

    House Of Lords 11th jan 1662
    The Fast to be observed in Westm. Abbey, and the Bp. of St. David’s to preach.
    ¶Whereas His Majesty hath been pleased, by Proclamation, upon the Unseasonableness of the Weather, to command a general and public Fast, to be religiously and solemnly kept, within the Cities of London and Westm. and Places adjacent: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled.

    Samuel Pepys 15 jan 1662
    fast day ordered by the Parliament, to pray for more seasonable weather; it having hitherto been summer weather, that it is, both as to warmth and every other thing, just as if it were the middle of May or June, which do threaten a plague (as all men think) to follow, for so it was almost the last winter; and the whole year after hath been a very sickly time to this day

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