Heh, The UN decides to hold a global warming conference in Bali, of all places, and has to worry about whether or not there will be enough room to park all of their private jets.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held at what NewsBusters reported as “a truly beautiful tropical island paradise,” the management of the nearby airport has issued a warning to attendees that they are going to have to park their private jets somewhere else.
I kid you not.
Tempo Interaktif reports that Angkasa Pura – the management of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are concerned that the large number of additional private charter flights expected in Bali during the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007, will exceed the carrying capacity of apron areas. To meet the added demand for aircraft storage officials are allocating “parking space” at other airports in Indonesia.
Someone is going to have to plant a lot of trees or hit up their buddy Al Gore for a few million carbon credits to offset the pollution and wasted fuel that these jets will cause.
I mean, Bali is right on the way to most places, right?
Here’s an idea, why not have the UN global warming conference at — the UN?
Nah, it’s too cold in New York right now.
Update: Found through a commenter at Ace of Spades HQ
It’s not the waste that rankles so much as the hypocrisy. Some 15,000 politicians, officials, quangocrats and assorted busybodies are descending on Bali for a jamboree that will produce more than 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions. The purpose of their trip? To discuss how to reduce CO2 emissions.
We wonder whether there would be so many observers and hangers-on if the venue were, say, Düsseldorf. For many of those attending have no direct involvement in the talks.
For example, 19 MEPs, accompanied by advisers and staff, are in Bali, staying at a luxurious spa hotel. Not only will their fares, meals and accommodation be paid for by the rest of us, but they will also claim a further £95 per day.
Our purpose is not just to mock the attendees. No, we have a deeper objection.
The Bali summit represents much of what is wrong with the green movement, in that it elevates intentions over results. The supposedly ethical aims of the conference are presumed to render irrelevant the pollution engendered by its delegates.
Euro-MPs, and politicians generally, often behave this way. When Indonesia was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, MEPs cheerfully voted millions of their constituents’ euros in aid.
But when it was suggested that they might contribute a single day’s attendance allowance – around £190 – to the relief effort, they were horrified.