French environment minister on crusade against fossil fuels owns six cars 

Posted: December 18, 2017 by oldbrew in humour, ideology, News

Volkswagen camper van


Looks like a classic case of ‘don’t do as I do, do as I say’ unless he’s planning a motor museum.

For a man on a mission to ban petrol- and diesel-guzzling cars, French environment Minister Nicolas Hulot is himself strangely fond of combustion engine vehicles – he has no fewer than eight of them, reports the Daily Telegraph.

His green credentials have been sorely tested after his fleet was revealed this weekend when the assets of President Emmanuel Macron’s ministers were published by High Authority for Transparency in Public Office (HATVP).

Mr Hulot, who last summer announced that France will outlaw the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, has a Land Rover he keeps at his holiday home in Corsica, a 30-year-old 2CV, a Peugeot, a Citroen, a Volkswagen camper van and a BMW.

He also has two more means of transport powered by engines that use fossil fuel that pollutes the environment – a motorboat and a BMW motorbike.

The minister sought to brush off the revelations by saying on Sunday that he travels in electric cars that belong to his ministry or on electric scooters “95 percent of the time” and that accusations that he was not practising what he preaches were “absurd.”

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Comments
  1. ivan says:

    And I think if someone went and actually counted the cars at his various houses they would find more cars than he admits to.

    I note that he, like all government twits in all countries trying to ban FF powered cars, totally fails to mention where the electricity to charge all the electric cars will come from especially since he and others want to shut down the French nuclear power generators.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Winds of change: France faces challenges as it embraces offshore wind power

    At the recent inauguration of the Floatgen turbine at the gritty Brittany port, a champagne bottle smashed against the turbine towering over the dock, with a wish of good wind and fair seas. A crowd of dignitaries snacked on hors d’œuvre and drank bubbly – while a line of riot police faced off against angry workers.

    Workers protested government economic reforms and the transition to alternative energies, leaving a pungent smell of teargas and burning tires hanging in the air.

    http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2017/12/11/winds-of-change-france-faces-challenges-as-it-embraces-offshore-wind-power/

  3. dennisambler says:

    See M. Hulot on holiday….

  4. TinyCO2 says:

    Of course the first issue is the holiday home and the different properties that need vehicles stationed at them for the 5% of the time he visits. Warmists are amazingly dumb about consumption. They always forget the CO2 in mining, smelting, and manufacture. Just by owning another house or vehicle, he’s incurred a lot of CO2. A holiday home is a poor use of a house. It should be housing a local family. There is a relatively green alternative – it’s called a hotel and/or a hire car. Then there are the duplicate possessions, the maintenance including any heating to ward off damp and all the other small but cululative ways that eat energy.

    The warmists want to seriously impact on everyone’s lifestyle but their own.

  5. gymnosperm says:

    Nice classic van. The ones with transom windows were cooler. Full disclosure, I have one, and a ’57 bug too. Don’t drive them much. They feel like Flintstone’s cars these days.

    I will get a Tesla, as soon as the sunzobidges will also sell me the shingles to power it. They puff about the shingles, but really haven’t worked them out. Connecting a zillion shingles is even harder than keeping Christmas tree lights lit…