The Most Ridiculous Man in the World?

 

King Charles, whose personal carbon footprint is likely magnitudes greater than the sum of the carbon emissions of everyone who has ever posted on Ricochet.com kicked off the Irony Festival in Dubai (COP28) by declaring the “earth does not belong to us.” That is rather hypocritical considering how massive are King Chuck Windsor’s family land holdings. A big chunk of the earth actually is his. For a delightful take on this, see Brendan O’Neill’s  Revenge of the Feudalists

Imagine the brass neck it takes to pontificate to the plebs about their non-ownership of the Earth while you and your family sit atop vast tracts of land worth £1 billion. What the king should have said is: ‘The Earth does not belong to you.’

Rarely has the feudalistic streak in green politics been so fantastically exposed. Here we have a king of unimaginable wealth and unearned power flying by private jet to a tribal autocracy to wag his finger at the global masses over their eco-unfriendly behaviour.

The conference in Dubai is a gathering of many of the world’s largest carbon emitters, held in a country made rich through the sale of fossil fuels.  Its ostensible purpose is to give policy grifters and subsidy seekers a platform to propose to make everybody else poorer.

In fairness, Charles is perhaps the perfect spokesman for the Anti-carbon cult.  He is very rich and thus unlikely to be unemployed or otherwise adversely affected by catastrophic energy policies.  He is not particularly bright nor well-informed in any depth.  He advocates infeasible policies in response to nonsensical failed predictions.  And he clearly enjoys the ego-boost of being an admired eco-warrior.  In every respect, he personifies the movement.

I grew up thinking we should fear the rise of the next Stalin or Hitler when it turns out the most dangerous threat to our way of life is Bozo the Policymaker cheered by a horde of morons and frauds.  Who saw that coming?

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    Old Bathos: I grew up thinking we should fear the rise of the next Stalin or Hitler when it turns out the most dangerous threat to our way of life is Bozo the Policymaker cheered by a horde of morons and frauds.  Who saw that coming?

    :: raises hand ::

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  2. Doug Watt Member
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    @DougWatt

    My wife calls King Charles a stuffy opinionated old man, not quite as polite as calling him eccentric. We have our own climate cultists that will determine what you will eat, the method you will use to prepare your food, how much heat you will be allowed to have in the winter. The list continues with how cool your home will be in the summer, how much power you will be allowed, when your lights will be on, and when they will be off. How far you will be allowed to travel.

    Sometimes a wave displaying just one digit is therapeutic and has been well earned by the recipients.  

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  3. Old Bathos Member
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    There seems to be a correlation between the absence of talent/creativity/imagination and the desire to regulate and limit everybody else.

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  4. Chris O Coolidge
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    There seems to be a correlation between the absence of talent/creativity/imagination and the desire to regulate and limit everybody else.

    Could not agree more.

    In their way, they are the beating heart of capitalism: middle management stifling those same traits leads to entrepreneurial tendencies.

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  5. TBA Coolidge
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    @RobtGilsdorf

    “I say, meek people, I’ve some rather unfortunate news in regard to your inheritance.” – Supreme Governor of the C of E 

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  6. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    Thanks for the link to the Spiked article. He’s quite right about the eco-totalitarians.

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  7. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    @RandyWeivoda

    You guys are just jealous that you don’t have a classic Aston-Martin that can run on white wine, the practical solution that the world has been waiting for.

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  8. Mad Gerald Coolidge
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    @Jose

    I keep wanting to give King Charles the benefit of a doubt, but every time the details of his pampered life get leaked, I get disgusted.

    Perhaps he could at least forego having his pajamas and shoelaces ironed to save energy and help the planet.

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  9. Steve C. Member
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    Al Gore with a crown.

    Shouldn’t he be out somewhere curing scrufula?

     

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  10. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Chuck was always a climate echo nut, going back decades.

    I had worried that when he took over from his staunchly non partisan mother, that he’d tarnishing the crown with partisan and divisive statements and policy advocacy. 

    I have to strongly disagree. We own the earth, I own my little chunk of it. The term “Tragedy of the Commons” comes from England, surely Chuck must know it.

    The tragedy of the commons, is partly why socialism fails. Assets held in common for communal use, have no caretakers no one to police the use (or misuse) so properties held in common generally quickly fall into disrepair…

    No, IF I own a BIG chunk of the earth, I’d take care of it.

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  11. Macho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    It’s better if the dying vestiges of autocracy would shut their jabbering pieholes.

    Charles is just a chubby-fingered old man, with no right to tell anyone how to live their lives, especially considering how he and his family have lived theirs.

    The French are frequently wrong, but not always wrong.

    They Do Conspire: Guillotines in the United States

     

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  12. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    Sometimes a wave displaying just one digit is therapeutic and has been well earned by the recipients. 

    I find myself using the therapeutic salute a lot these days. . . The intended recipients are on the other side of the screen, though, so my satisfaction is somewhat limited.

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  13. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I agree with Charlie on modern architecture, though. . .

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  14. She Member
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    I have to confess that every time John Kerry opens his mouth, or Greta Thunberg hers, the pretentious twit that is King Charles rises a small notch in my estimation, ironed shoelaces and all.

    The whole bloody lot of them, and the farrago of nonsense  they spout, are deeply reminiscent of this:

    For my money, the best moment at this year’s COP (stands for Conference of the Parties; I always thought it was something clever to do with the climate, but they don’t have even that much imagination), was when the President of the organization, Sultan al-Jaber, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, (talk about the fox in the henhouse) announced in a Q&A session that there was no “science” behind the move to phase-out fossil fuels in order to prevent the dreaded uptick in global temperature, and that doing so would drive humanity “back into caves.”  

    Awkward….

    The twits are still trying to spin his message.

     

     

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  15. Scott Wilmot Member
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    I think John Kerry gives him a run for his money.

    This guy probably made them all spit out their vichyssoise:

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  16. Stad Coolidge
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    Thank goodness!  When I saw the headline, I was worried the post was about me . . .

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  17. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    She (View Comment):

    For my money, the best moment at this year’s COP (stands for Conference of the Parties; I always thought it was something clever to do with the climate, but they don’t have even that much imagination), was when the President of the organization, Sultan al-Jaber, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, (talk about the fox in the henhouse) announced in a Q&A session that there was no “science” behind the move to phase-out fossil fuels in order to prevent the dreaded uptick in global temperature, and that doing so would drive humanity “back into caves.”  

    Awkward….

    I think he was forced to recant.

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  18. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    Everyone who attends these things, including the media sycophants, knows that it’s really about the world’s super rich hanging out together, feasting on obscenely expensive food, the most amazing swag bag on earth (I mean, Dubai! Come on!) and hookers waiting in their hotel rooms.

    Literally.

    What about the photos we see each year of the local airports of Sharm el Sheikh, Glasgow, Paris or whichever other international city is designated to serve as the COP summit’s host, filled to the gills with all those private jets used by the conference attendees? All to attend a summit during which they plan to lecture the globe’s little people about the urgent need to control and reduce their personal, regional and national carbon footprints? Is that not the very essence of hypocrisy?

    Or what about the stories associated with these annual confabs detailing gluttonous, $500 per plate dinners at which dozens of $1,000+ bottles of wine are consumed, engaged in by the attendees even as 1 billion or more human beings in developing nations still lack access to electricity? Is that not hypocrisy defined? 

    And what of the stories each year of the massive upticks in prostitution and demand for high-dollar escorts that invariably come up as attendees of these COP summits sample the local delights? Isn’t such exploitation of less fortunate locals by international elites an unseemly display of hypocrisy?

    These examples of rank hypocrisy on blatant display at every one of these events will no doubt go unreported by the energy transition boosters at Politico.eu and most of the legacy media for reasons that are by now obvious to everyone. That cat’s truly out of the bag, though they may not realize it still.

    But a story about the host country, which happens to be a big oil producing nation, planning for its officials to leverage their discussions during the conference to hopefully make business deals becomes a major “scandal” for the simple fact that, well, the UAE is a big oil producing nation. Never mind the obvious reality that pretty much every one of the projected 70,000 attendees at COP 28 have made similar plans to leverage their own discussions during the conference to their own advantage, it only becomes a “scandal” when oil deals are to be made. 

    Speaking of that projection that 70,000 officials, hangers-on, staffers, activists, grifters and assorted other miscreants plan to attend COP 28: That is double the number who attended last year’s COP 27 summit in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. This of course means that the collective carbon footprint of COP 28 is likely to be double the 62,695 tons of next emissions the UN itself admitted to being produced by the COP 27 confab.

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  19. Jimmy Carter Member
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  20. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    That’s one billionaire’s private jet.

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  21. Painter Jean Moderator
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    I agree with Charlie on modern architecture, though. . .

    I was still quite young when I first heard Charles talk about modern architecture. I passionately agreed with what he had to say, and since that was really my first exposure to his thought, my first impression of the Prince was quite positive. It’s been downhill ever since, with the climate garbage sealing my low opinion. But he at least he was right about modern architecture.

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  22. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Painter Jean (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    I agree with Charlie on modern architecture, though. . .

    I was still quite young when I first heard Charles talk about modern architecture. I passionately agreed with what he had to say, and since that was really my first exposure to his thought, my first impression of the Prince was quite positive. It’s been downhill ever since, with the climate garbage sealing my low opinion. But he at least he was right about modern architecture.

    Stopped clock and all that.

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  23. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    I have zero problem with billionaires throwing themselves a party and having a grand old time.  It’s the preaching about how we all need to cut back on our consumption of energy that grinds my gears.  It’s like having a conference where religious leaders demand celibacy, and they have an orgy every night.

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  24. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I have zero problem with billionaires throwing themselves a party and having a grand old time. It’s the preaching about how we all need to cut back on our consumption of energy that grinds my gears. It’s like having a conference where religious leaders demand celibacy, and they have an orgy every night.

    That’s a great comparison.

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  25. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I have zero problem with billionaires throwing themselves a party and having a grand old time. It’s the preaching about how we all need to cut back on our consumption of energy that grinds my gears. It’s like having a conference where religious leaders demand celibacy, and they have an orgy every night.

    I don’t even have a problem with the preaching (by the climate worshipers). The preaching is so ridiculous it’s easy for me to ignore. The problem is when someone with actual power over my life takes their preaching and does something (like issue a dictatorial government edict or persuades idiot legislators to pass a law) that actually impacts my life. And there’s just enough people with actual power over my life who will go along with the ridiculous preaching that the preaching is not entirely without risk. Such as requiring my wife and me to live apart to live celibately, or requiring me or my wife to wear a chastity belt in order to live together.

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  26. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I don’t even have a problem with the preaching (by the climate worshipers). The preaching is so ridiculous it’s easy for me to ignore.

    Unfortunately, that preaching overwhelms the masses, coming as it does from every vector of influence in the world.

    So we have a vast majority influenced to believe this nonsense. Or, in the case of spineless Republicans, give lip service to it out of fear of the left.

    Another indication that we need to begin that long march through the institutions that the left began in the middle of the last century.

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  27. kedavis Coolidge
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    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

     

    They really want the Helicarrier from The Avengers, it even has more planes of its own that can launch and land!

     

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  28. DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order Oaf Member
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    Charles apparently has a whole fleet of ’em at his service.

    https://neverwasmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Sky-Captain-and-the-World-of-Tomorrow-scene.jpg

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  29. Western Chauvinist Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Lower Order O… (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I have zero problem with billionaires throwing themselves a party and having a grand old time. It’s the preaching about how we all need to cut back on our consumption of energy that grinds my gears. It’s like having a conference where religious leaders demand celibacy, and they have an orgy every night.

    That’s a great comparison.

    Not to be pendantic, but. . .

    If religious leaders were demanding celibacy, they’d be discouraging people from being married, in which case an orgy every night actually wouldn’t be technically hypocritical.

    Now, if they were demanding chastity. . .

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  30. Scott Wilmot Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment)
    Not to be pendantic, but. . .

    Thank you for saving me from having to be pedantic.

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