The National Post carries a piece by Rex Murphy in which he reports that celebrities and the super-rich are flocking to Sicily to attend the Google-sponsored Summer Camp to discuss global warming. How are they getting there, you might ask? Rex tells us:
How did this coven of illuminati get to Sicily? Did they walk and row? Come by Greyhound? Hitchhike? Nein. Official count of the private jets wafting into Palermo air for the “great consult” stands at 114. This for a maximum 300 people attending — three persons per jet.
Not all came from the carbon-rich sky. Some came by personal super-yacht.
These are not self-propelling bathtub toys. Outside of aircraft carriers and (“hi, irony”) supertankers, none want oil more. Super-yachts are vultures, gluttonous for fossil fuels. They can be rivaled only by the excesses of private jets flying thousands of miles to hold meetings to persuade the poor of the world to cut down on the consumption of fossil fuels.
For these folks, it’s do as I say, not as I do. Why is anybody listening to them? Rex’s perspective is spot on, and the article is well worth the read.