1500 private jets at Davos

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Climate change is one of the main items on the agenda at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland this week. Our own prime minister has expressed her desire to ‘be on the right side of history’ when it comes to climate change. As you all know, we have a lot of climate sceptics on this blog, but everyone at Davos seems to be totally convinced that climate change is real, and that humans are the primary cause of it.

If that is the case, then why exactly have there been about 1500 private jets flying into Davos, or rather the airport at nearby Zurich this week? Is it a case of – Do what I say, not what I do? I think so. quote.

The Davos elite say they are more worried than ever about climate change. But that isn’t stopping them chartering private jets in record numbers.

The convenience and comfort of flying privately rather than commercially appears to outweigh any concerns about the outsized carbon footprint it involves, judging by a number-crunching exercise by the company Air Charter Service (ACS).

It forecast nearly 1,500 private jet flights over the week of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to airports near Davos in the Swiss Alps.
That would be up from the more than 1,300 aircraft movements seen at last year’s forum, despite climate change registering as the top risk factor identified for the global economy in a survey of WEF movers and shakers last week. end quote.

The hypocrisy is sickening. Here they are, trying to tell the world that we all need to change the way we live or the consequences will be dire, and yet they can’t even give up their private jets? No doubt they will tell everyone who asks that that they are ‘carbon neutral’ overall.

Al Gore always used to talk about how he paid carbon taxes on his own emissions. As we are constantly told that the situation is getting worse by the day and that the world will end in 12 years if we don’t act now, it is reasonable to say that you can’t just pay your way out of this situation. You have to fly on a commercial airline instead. What a sacrifice. quote.

In a blog post, the website privatefly.com forecast an even higher number of private flight movements related to Davos this week, of around 2,000 in and out of local airports.

And while most people reach Davos by car or train after alighting from airports such as Zurich, two to three hours’ away, a select few CEOs and government leaders hire helicopters to save time. end quote.

Of course they do. They wouldn’t dream of rubbing shoulders with the great unwashed and using public transport, would they? No. That option is for everyone else. quote.

Demand for private jets in the week of Davos far outstrips other events that also loom large on the private aviation calendar, such as the Super Bowl or Champions’ League final, according to Andy Christie, private jets director at ACS.

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If they were really serious about reducing the effects of climate change, all these precious people would fly commercial airlines, or even charter planes and fly a number of them together to the event, but that was never going to happen. In climate change matters, as in everything else, the elite consider themselves immune. It is everyone else who has to bear the disruption to their lives. For those who are important enough to attend Davos, such as Al Gore and David Attenborough, it is a case of ‘Do as I say, not as I do’.