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Greenpeace slams billionaires over private jet ‘hypocrisy’ at Davos summit

January 18, 2023

By Paul Homewood



At the World Economic Forum, which started Monday in Davos, Switzerland, the global business and political elite will discuss how to combat climate change, but their own private jet travel to attend the conference will cause a spike in planet-warming carbon emissions, according to a new study from Greenpeace International.

The research, released last Thursday, which was compiled by the Dutch environmental consultancy CE Delft, found twice as many private jets flew to and from airports serving Davos during the 2022 WEF meeting compared with an average week. The carbon dioxide emissions from these extra flights were equal to putting roughly 350,000 gasoline-powered cars on the road for the same weeklong period.

“Europe is experiencing the warmest January days ever recorded and communities around the world are grappling with extreme weather events supercharged by the climate crisis,” said Klara Maria Schenk, transport campaigner for Greenpeace’s European mobility campaign, in a statement. “Meanwhile, the rich and powerful flock to Davos in ultra-polluting, socially inequitable private jets to discuss climate and inequality behind closed doors.”

The study found that of the 1,040 private jet flights in or out of airports near Davos, 53% were shorter than 466 miles and 38% were under 310 miles. The shortest flight recorded was only 13 miles. Short-haul flights are especially polluting because airplanes are less efficient during landing and takeoff.

  1. iananthonyharris permalink
    January 18, 2023 6:17 pm

    Do as we say, don’t do as we do. A considerable number of hookers are also imported to service the hypocrites.

  2. John Hultquist permalink
    January 18, 2023 6:19 pm

    🧑‍🎄 O/T Please see my comment (just now) on the Gift of Gabbard post.

  3. John Hultquist permalink
    January 18, 2023 6:28 pm

    The shortest flight recorded was only 13 miles.

    The full story must be interesting. Is there no limo service?
    Who paid for this?
    The concept of “Opportunity cost” springs to mind.
    There is a facility in Iceland sucking CO2 from the atmosphere and pumping it underground. So, everything is alright then!

    • W Flood permalink
      January 18, 2023 9:16 pm

      Ever heard of Henry’s Law. Worth looking it up.

    • stevefromwakefield permalink
      January 19, 2023 11:32 am

      Similar in context to the millions of trees planted by local authorities and other worthy bodies in the UK, ostensibly to “offset their Carbon emissions”, only to be allowed to wither and die as soon as the paperwork’s been submitted and accepted.

  4. January 18, 2023 6:33 pm

    I humbly (!) suggest that Greenpeace take a look at the current map of Flight Radar 24 over the UK, where I have just counted one hundred-plus aircraft. Then, when Greenpeace have done that, I suggest they decommission their two diesel-driven ships.

  5. Stonyground permalink
    January 18, 2023 6:35 pm

    Greenpeace calling out hypocrisy, is this an example of the stopped clock being right twice a day analogy?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      January 18, 2023 6:44 pm

      I would suggest that GP’s clock is actually a 24 hr digital: only right once a day – assuming it has power (if you can call Lucas as being in power).

  6. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 18, 2023 6:41 pm

    I really don’t give a toss how many people use private jets ‘cos they have no effect on the climate. Where I do give a toss is that some – many, even – can only afford private jets because they’ve used CC to enrich themselves or, like Kerry (and a few others) are managing to get a compliant and gullible government to pay for them (even though Kerry is married to Heinz….which makes me wonder in my scatological way, why can’t he see it’s a whole can of beans!).

    • John Hultquist permalink
      January 18, 2023 11:17 pm

      John’s middle name is Forbes.
      The Forbes family is one of the components of the Boston Brahmins—they are a wealthy extended American family long prominent in Boston, Massachusetts. The family’s fortune originates from trading opium and tea between North America and China in the 19th century … [Wiki]

      Tea and opium — not pureed tomatoes.

  7. Douglas Brodie permalink
    January 18, 2023 7:03 pm

    This is paid-for controlled opposition on the part of Greenpeace, denouncing Davos private jet use so as not to diminish the “truly good intention” of these globalists to “save the planet” with their Malthusian Net Zero agenda.

  8. Derek Wood permalink
    January 18, 2023 7:06 pm

    It must be very depressing for Greenpeace. They’ve been flogging this horse for about forty years, only to have it stolen from them by a bunch of self-obsessed multi-millionaires!

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      January 19, 2023 12:35 am

      Greenpeace have been riding the luxury air travel horse . Years ago the Greenpeace international program director Pascal Husting was deservedly slammed as a hypocrite after it was revealed he travelled 250 miles to ‘work’ each month commuting from Amsterdam to Luxembourg …..If the ‘No Frakking Consensus ‘ article Greenpeace Employer From Hell is true the Greenpeace elites enjoy more privileged affluent lifestyles than the lowly maltreated campaigners

  9. January 18, 2023 7:16 pm

    I’ll be more interested in this when the courageous GangGreen heroes and heroines (and those a bit of both) go through to Davos and glue themselves to the planes. Or throw soup over them. Or whatever.

    Of course, they would likely get an ArmaLite AR-15 stuffed up their noses, (instead of a nice Police Commander Lady making sure they are comfortable), but not too much to save the Planet, surely?

    The real story, however, is that just like Boris’s various Covid parties, it makes it absolutely clear that the participants who dream up all the ‘rules’ and how to best enforce them on the proles, know precisely that all the restrictions are absolutely ineffective and un-necessary bollox.

  10. Thomas Carr permalink
    January 18, 2023 7:26 pm

    Excellent Google files on nearest airports to Davos. Enjoy as they say when waiting at table. Can Davos be any more useful than the COP series of gatherings. Davos is a real draw for the tin-eared movers and shakers. You would think that the general derision in with which Davos is held would have got through to them by now.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      January 18, 2023 8:40 pm

      No, Thomas, they laugh a the little people. They have no conscience.

  11. M Fraser permalink
    January 18, 2023 7:41 pm

    Now Greta has got herself photographically arrested, no doubt jubilant at the coverage, how does she get around the world? Bike, Battery car…..what?
    She’s even more annoying than meghan!
    She doesn’t turn up at Davos though, that might upset her sponsors.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 18, 2023 9:44 pm

      But she is turning up at Davos for an appearance with Fatih Birol of the IEA. Let’s see who else wants to display the Gove gormless look tomorrow alongside her.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 19, 2023 12:54 pm

      Looks like the staged arrest has backfired. Lots of coverage showing it was as fake as a plastic bag round the neck of turtle.

  12. Gamecock permalink
    January 18, 2023 8:21 pm

    Gamecock called Mauna Loa Observatory. No spike measured.

    Greenpeace doth protest too much, methinks.

  13. johnbillscott permalink
    January 18, 2023 8:23 pm

    Greedpeace is part of the Eco protest Industry and has found it very profitable. In the 70’s when I had to deal with them in Canada they used to operate junk ships and they were an unpleasant lying bunch, who thought they were beyond the law because they were doing good things. Patrick Moore sums the present lot well.
    Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and business consultant who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971-86, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.
    “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he said.

  14. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    January 18, 2023 8:42 pm

    ‘The shortest flight recorded was only 13 miles’.
    What you reckon ?

    1) Picking up the favourite mistress ?
    2) Taking her dog down the ‘hill’ in search of a green field for a walk ?
    3) Quick bit of sight seeing between cocktails ?
    Or 4) A competition between participants, to see who could get the biggest rise out of journalists, Greenpiss and madam Thunberg ?

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 18, 2023 9:46 pm

      Probably just aircraft repositioning after their allotted parking space booking ran out.

  15. Broadlands permalink
    January 18, 2023 8:49 pm

    “Europe is experiencing the warmest January days ever recorded and communities around the world are grappling with extreme weather events supercharged by the climate crisis,” said Klara Maria Schenk…”

    What supercharged climate crisis? Mr. Biden has almost depleted the US strategic oil reserves to make transportation fuels more available and lower the price. Lower the price of grappling with record emissions of CO2?

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 18, 2023 9:47 pm

      Clearly some factcheck research is called for…

    • Gamecock permalink
      January 18, 2023 10:14 pm

      It’s a begging the question fallacy. Big, sweeping assertion, as if it were already in evidence.

      It is snot.

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        January 18, 2023 10:40 pm

        “It is snot” Hi Gamecock is that a typo or is “snot” a delightful Americanism for hypocrisy? I kinda prefer the latter!

      • Gamecock permalink
        January 18, 2023 11:42 pm

        Not an idiom. I just made it up as I went along. Started to write “it’s not,” then decided to expand it. Cause I liked, too.

  16. W Flood permalink
    January 18, 2023 9:14 pm

    If Europe is experiencing the warmest ever January days why is it so bleeding cold. Germany is covered in snow. You can’t cheery pick weather like this. Europe is not the world.

  17. lordelate permalink
    January 18, 2023 9:26 pm

    Words fail me.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      January 18, 2023 10:43 pm

      Try Morse Code or Semaphore !!

      • lordelate permalink
        January 19, 2023 9:24 am

        The way things are, we will all be going back to those days! Or beacons burning on hill tops.

  18. Ray Sanders permalink
    January 18, 2023 10:24 pm

    Greenpeace know all about short unnecessary flights.

    • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
      January 18, 2023 10:54 pm

      Perhaps his bike’s got a puncture ?

  19. ancientpopeye permalink
    January 19, 2023 7:02 am

    Pot/kettle spring to mind?

  20. liardetg permalink
    January 19, 2023 7:45 am

    What’s this ‘warmest January since whenever’ stuff? Minus five here and less elsewhere in UK

  21. liardetg permalink
    January 19, 2023 7:49 am

    What’s this about warmest January since when? Minus five here and less elsewhere.

    • Malcolm Fraser permalink
      January 19, 2023 8:43 am

      Friend in France at present has a dead phone as it didn’t like -14c.
      Doesn’t auger well for battery cars!
      Quite how this is the warmest January Europe has seen………

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        January 19, 2023 9:28 am

        Poetic temperatures …. inverse !!!

  22. John Culhane permalink
    January 19, 2023 9:15 am

    This Greenpeace. Where is Jennifer Morgan? She is in the German foreign office these days.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      January 19, 2023 1:24 pm

      What I want to know is how does a 20 year old woman manage to make herself look like a cross between an 8 year old girl and E.T.?

  23. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    January 19, 2023 11:29 am

    Well you can call them hypocrites. I prefer to see it as evidence that they KNOW the whole CO2 thing is a scam. In which case they are not hypocrites but deliberate perpetrators of an evil fraud.

    • Caro permalink
      January 19, 2023 12:23 pm

      I agree and I don’t care how many jets they use it won’t affect the climate. It is minus 9 degrees in Davos today, falling to minus 14 tonight. Just wonder how their talks on global warming will go – oh forgot, it’s climate change now isn’t it. They can blame that on being so cold.

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