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Snowmageddon: ‘Gore Effect’ Trips Up Green Elites Talking Climate In Davos

yeti snow davosWho would have thought it: Snow in Davos! It’s only Europe’s highest town. The global elite shuddered with dread when the U.S. president announced his impending Davos Avalanche.

It didn’t take a political genius to foresee their swift journey from the C-suite to being extras in the next Trump circus. But worse was to come. Yeti crashed the party. —Politico, 23 January 2019

The Davos elite says they are more worried than ever about climate change. But that isn’t stopping them chartering nearly 1,500 private jet flights to attend the World Economy Forum in Davos. —Press Trust of India, 22 January 2019

Also in Davos were Sir David Attenborough and Prince William, in conversation. This, I feel, is a mistake, though an understandable one. One of the annoying features of greenery is that it involves rich and powerful people telling poorer, less powerful people to get poorer still. The obsession with increasing fuel prices is a current example. It makes the French put on yellow vests in protest, and is definitely unpopular in Zimbabwe (though I admit that Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vigorous methods of putting down the revolt may not be motivated by a desire to save the planet). Sir David says he was there because ‘If you care about the future of the world… this [the Davos crowd] is the most important community you can find’. Until recently he would, unfortunately, have been right, but peak Davos has passed, and world leaders, opinion-formers and future kings would be well-advised to avoid the ensuing avalanche. —Charles Moore, The Spectator, 24 January 2019

New Brazilian president highlights need to grow economy in Davos appearance. Brazil’s new rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro has prompted fresh alarm among environmentalists after stressing that protecting his country’s unique ecosystem has to be consistent with growing the economy. —The Guardian, 23 January 2019

So apparently the world is going to end in a few years’ time. Yawn. It’s fair to say that this is a message that has been heard on a regular basis for as long as anyone can remember – traditionally from long-haired gentlemen adorned with sandwich boards, but in recent years more often from (sometimes equally hirsute) climate scientists, environmentalists, and green-minded politicians. —The Spectator, 24 January 2019

Under pressure to block a gas pipeline from Russia and end coal power, the chancellor tied their fates together. German Chancellor Angela Merkel linked the building of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to the fate of her country’s coal industry in comments on Wednesday. —Climate Home News, 23 January 2019

We have an energy crisis. And it so happens that we appear to have lots of shale gas. A whole new industry could be created if only the Luddites would see sense. Almost everyone I know is against fracking. Not that many of them understand much about it. But this doesn’t prevent them from pursing their lips and shaking their heads while looking solemn and generally disapproving whenever the subject is raised. —Stephen Glover, Daily Mail, 24 January 2019

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