PRI Review

Popcorn: Not So Wonderful Copenhagen

It may just be us, but we find the sight of thousands of Global Warming fanatics and functionaries fossil-fueling their way to Copenhagen to be delightfully incongruous.

We mean, here they are, doing their best to impose limits on the amount of carbon dioxide the rest of us could emit, at the same time that their planes and limousines are spewing out great clouds of the stuff.

Not to mention that their luxurious hotel rooms and conference venues have to he heated, and their filet mignon and lobster prepared just right. Not to mention the kilotons of gasoline and diesel that have to be burned up to allow them to assemble.

Actually, we don’t have to imagine, because the overpaid, underworked functionaries of the U.N. have already toted up some figures. They say that the 12-day conference will create 40,584 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, roughly the same amount as the entire country of Morocco does in a year.

Pardon us for being skeptical, but we don’t think this is the half of it. When you add to this a few thousand man-years spent in preparation, and the thousands of copies of speeches that will he printed for distribution (and immediate recycling,) we think that you could easily double this number.

All this to create the impression that something has been done about a “problem” that, to the extent that it is not imaginary, is probably unstoppable. Instead of attending expensive international meetings, it seems that the delegates could cool off the earth far better by simply sitting at home and turning off the heat. But then, that would hardly be very entrepreneurial of them.

Until the Greens figure out a way to turn down the sun, they could at least buy carbon credits from Al Gore, who could be seen selling them at scalped prices at the conference.

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