Heavy snow humbles the global elite at Davos summit – Reuters

Posted: January 23, 2018 by oldbrew in News, Politics, weather


It hasn’t been this bad since the 1999-2000 meeting. As President Trump might say, they could do with some of that good ol’ global warming. Then again, if you go to a Swiss ski resort in January…

The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year’s Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue, as Reuters reports.

High in the Swiss alps on Monday, on the eve of the opening sessions, many of the roughly 3,000 delegates struggled to reach the ski resort. Part of the main train line into Davos had been buried in snow over the weekend, forcing people onto buses, and helicopters were disrupted by poor visibility.

Some pre-summit meetings were canceled or delayed as the first waves of delegates waded through snow-blanketed streets with luggage, looking for their hotels, or had to wait for road crews to dig their limousines out of drifts.

Businessmen slipped over on icy patches as snow plows roamed the streets, with the snow returning as fast as the machines could clear it.

World Economic Forum communications chief Adrian Monck said it appeared to be the heaviest snowfall for the four-decades-old summit since 1999-2000, though he described it as more of an inconvenience than a real threat to attendance.

“We know the snow causes inconvenience and it puts a lot of pressure on the city of Davos as a host but so far we have not seen any drop-off in registrations,” Monck said.

With the weather forecast to clear on Tuesday, organizers are hoping transport will start to operate more smoothly and will be running without a hitch by the time U.S. President Donald Trump arrives on Friday to give the closing address.

However, so much snow has built up on the slopes surrounding Davos that avalanches remain a danger.

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The Local: Swiss roads and rails blocked by avalanches and landslides

  1. oldbrew says:

    Bigwigs forced on to buses – culture shock 😎

    AFP photo

  2. JB says:

    Perhaps Ma Nature will continue to teach them some basic lessons. Would not want to be one of those guards when she lets loose. All they would need is a little bit of complimentary seismic shifting to extend their conference a few weeks.

  3. Jamie Spry says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    THE ‘Trump-effect’ ⛄️

  4. Bitter@twisted says:

    Where is David Viner when you need him?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Snowed under…

    One who missed their speech because of the snow was academic Linda P. Fried, who “bristled” at the suggestion that a summit that was to devote a large part of its time to discussing global warming was being severely affected by snow, telling the NYT that “It isn’t accurate, people just don’t understand, that’s not the metric.”

    Pictures: Globalist Davos Summit Buried in Snow as Elites Gather to Discuss Global Warming

    ‘a summit that was to devote a large part of its time to discussing global warming ‘ – don’t real issues like poverty, disease, clean water, terrorism etc. matter much to these folk?

  6. Bitter@twisted says:

    What Linda Brain Fried means when she says “it’s not the metric” is “this doesn’t fit my narrative, so I’m going to ignore it.”
    Can’t derail the gravy train can we?

  7. dscott says:

    Of course, the metric has always been how can we as cronies profiteer off of government revenues and how much of a tip (campaign contribution) should we give the politicians for their participation in our greedy scheme. 5, 10 or 15% of the haul? AGW is political corruption.

    Don’t worry, as we go through the global cooling event for the next 30 years or so, the cronies will be trying to figure out how to sell styrofoam insulation as cladding for apartment buildings and get past the fire codes. Maybe you will be as smart as that lady who opened the sink taps to flood her apartment to keep from burning alive?

  8. If we don’t stop climate change now, our children will never know what an international business conference will be like!

  9. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    You’d never guess that Al Gore is due to attend 😂

  10. Graeme No.3 says:

    I hope Trump doesn’t attend because of all the snow. Then a big avalanche might solve a lot of problems.

  11. The U.S. solar industry employs more than 260,000 workers – about five times more than the coal industry. About 14 percent of those 260,000 jobs are in manufacturing, with installers making up most of the rest of the industry.

    Five times more people produce a tiny fraction of the energy at a much larger cost per unit of energy, at taxpayer expense. They think that is a good thing.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Trump has just put a 30% import tariff on solar panels.

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):

    The decision effectively will cause the loss of roughly 23,000 American jobs this year, including many in manufacturing, and it will result in the delay or cancellation of billions of dollars in solar investments.


  13. Bitter@twisted says:

    This is good news Oldbrew.
    Solar panels do not generate real jobs, just like they don’t generate real power.
    Both are subsidy generated.

  14. Paul Vaughan says:

    “Victory portrays the future as a very bleak society […]” …

    According to Malevich’s artistic philosophy, if an artist continued to paint according to laws directed by someone else, then that art was neither truthful nor sincere. The artist had to break free from the confines of artistic laws. Only then would the artist begin to paint on a canvas, or sculpt with hands, with a sound mind and a pure spirit.

    Victory actually captured the sun, leaving the world in darkness.

    The language of Victory Over the Sun did not sit well with both the audience and its critics because its script completely rejected reason.

    […] the circle is what blossomed from Victory. The “sun” was a black circle, and thus, having it on the top right corner of the canvas instead of in the middle shows space and a disconnection to reality. If it were positioned right in the center, it would reflect unity. Having it off to the side represented discord and separation—both key aspects taken from the destruction in Victory.
    Rejecting Reason and Embracing Modernized Art:
    How Victory Over the Sun Revolutionized the Russian Avant-Garde

    A Pareto Principled Bridge to the West …

    • “The physical universe, then, is a kind of language that invites a privileged spectator to decipher it, although this does not yield a single message so much as a superior network of associations.”

    • “”the power of the arts is indeed the most immediate and fastest way” to social, political and economic reform.”

  15. oldbrew says:

    Reality gets in the way of climate story tellers…

    Mega-Blizzard Complicates Ambushing Trump on Global Warming in Davos

    World leaders are worried that a massive blizzard could derail their opportunity to talk about solutions to global warming at a major economic conference in Switzerland.

    Snowflakes are canvassing Davos in nearly six feet of snow. Snow kept pounding the valleys and areas surrounding the town Monday night, causing plutocrats, members of the media, and world business leaders to slip and slide on their way to various conferences at this year’s World Economic Forum.
    . . .
    “When Trump comes on Friday it is far from obvious whether he will be able to use a fleet of large helicopters to land in Davos,” a source close to the organizing committee told Reuters. “Large helicopters increase the risk of avalanches.”


    ‘Snowflakes are canvassing Davos’ – political snowflakes were hoping to canvas Trump, but the likely response is ‘look out of the window’ 🤣

  16. Paul Vaughan says:

    “in disguises no one knows hides the face” — Soundgarden — “Black Hole Sun”

    Bridge Frame:

    • “[…] Cubism, rather than being an isolated art-form, represented the continuation of a grand tradition: indeed, the golden ratio, or golden section (French: Section d’Or) had fascinated Western intellectuals of diverse interests for at least 2,400 years.”

    back trails:

  17. oldbrew says:

    Bloomberg: Davos Elite Hope Unpredictable Trump Doesn’t Spoil Their Fun
    By Matthew Campbell
    January 24, 2018, 12:00 AM GMT

    President Donald Trump may be volatile, controversial and prone to counterproductive fits of spontaneous self-expression. So far, though, the top decision-makers in commerce admit he hasn’t been bad for business.


  18. ren says:

    The amount of snow in the northern hemisphere (land areas) calculated per cubic km of water exceeds this year the upper limit of the standard deviation from 1998-2011.
    Greenland is not included.

  19. oldbrew says:

    Wealthy climate alarmists: Do as we say not as we do

    Irony Alert: A Thousand Private Jets Deliver Globalist Elite to Davos for Climate Change Summit

    More than 1,000 private jet flights have been delivering globalist elites to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where attendees are discussing — among other topics — the ‘major threat’ of climate change.

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    Who are they kidding?

  20. ren says:

    The forecast of the polar vortex at the beginning of February means the return of strong frost to the US and China. Large cooling in Europe.

    People walk on a street in Mohe County, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 24, 2018. The lowest temperature of Mohe reached minus 44 degrees Celsius Wednesday. (Xinhua/Wang Kai)

  21. ren says:

    Sorry. Please correct it.

  22. ren says:

    China’s national observatory issued a yellow snowstorm alert for Wednesday and Thursday, as heavy snow continues to hit central and eastern China. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)