Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges


Posted by Tim Andrews on Monday, December 7th, 2009, 2:43 PM PERMALINK


As the Copenhagen Summit to promote crippling energy taxes gets underway, this report from the British Daily Telegraph provides some insight into the tough lives that these environmental activists lead:

On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the “summit to save the world”, which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.

“We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention,” she says…

We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen…

The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.

The top hotels – all fully booked at £650 a night – are readying their Climate Convention menus of (no doubt sustainable) scallops, foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges

As Glenn Reynolds says, I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

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