UK minister in charge of climate summit criticised for taking 25 flights in three months

Posted: May 23, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, Emissions, government, Travel
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COP26_2021Meet ‘air miles Alok’. The government claims face-to-face meetings are vital for the success of negotiations. Otherwise the planet gets it!
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The minister in charge of preparations for a UN climate summit has been criticised for travelling tens of thousands of miles by jet, says The Independent.

Alok Sharma had urged people to make “small changes in the way we go about our day-to-day lives” in order to cut their carbon emissions.

But an analysis by the Daily Telegraph newspaper found that Mr Sharma took 25 flights in three months, travelling up to 73,853 miles between January 31 and May 12.

The newspaper estimates that the COP 26 president’s travel had an environmental footprint equivalent to around 17 tonnes of carbon. [Talkshop comment: correction –  carbon dioxide, not ‘carbon’].

The government said that while online discussions could play a role, face-to-face meetings were key to the success of negotiations in preparation for the climate summit.

But one anonymous Conservative MP criticised the minister, branding him ‘air miles Alok’.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. Patrick Healy says:

    UK Minister Alok Sharma????

    Where was he going – to India/Pakistan or maybe Bradford. Could he not have used one of those empty trains bombing all over Britain.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Has he lectured the Swiss yet?

    The CO2 law won’t ‘save the glaciers’

    The committee against the CO2 law gathered 110,000 signatures in less than 100 days; 50,000 were necessary for a referendum.

    Some people are going to pay a lot for an almost imperceptible result, just so that they can absolve their sins.

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/votations-du-13-juin_the-co2-law-won-t–save-the-glaciers-/46634518
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    Their imaginary sins.

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘Alok Sharma had urged people to make “small changes in the way we go about our day-to-day lives” in order to cut their carbon emissions.’

    What part of NET ZERO does he not understand? Small changes DO NOTHING !!! EVERYTHING must change!

    Perhaps small changes are the artillery to soften them up for when the real change comes. Gas boiler to heat pump doesn’t get you to net zero. A few years after you have made the change, they’ll cut off your heat pump, too.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    as noted here many times, the AGW idea is pure lunacy

  5. oldbrew says:

    Too much CO2 😆

  6. Chaswarnertoo says:

    You don’t understand, he is special. It’s only you plebs that have to curtail your lives.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Mr Sharma took 25 flights in three months, travelling up to 73,853 miles between January 31 and May 12

    The flight stats for the climate jet set’s Glasgow doom-fest, if it happens, will make that look trivial.

  8. oldbrew says:

    More UK climate tomfoolery…

    UK invests over £30m in large-scale greenhouse gas removal
    24 May 2021

    Research teams across the UK will investigate the viability of five innovative methods of large-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) removal from the atmosphere.

    The aim is to help the UK reach its legislated net-zero climate target by 2050.

    https://www.ukri.org/news/uk-invests-over-30m-in-large-scale-greenhouse-gas-removal/
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    Invests? 🤣

  9. JohnM says:

    From oldbrew’s link to UKRI…

    “rapid scale-up of perennial bioenergy crops such as grasses (Miscanthus) and short rotation coppice willow at locations in Lincolnshire and Lancashire.”

    What are they going to do with the coppiced willow? Make baskets? Burn it to release the CO2?

  10. Gamecock says:

    oldbrew, I hope you will show us pix of the airports around Glasgow during COP26. I expect serious aviation porn.

  11. oldbrew says:

    The net-zero energy transition requires a $5.2 trillion investment
    May 24, 2021

    https://www.greenbiz.com/article/net-zero-energy-transition-requires-52-trillion-investment
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    Investment? 🤣

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