Green hypocrites the same the world over

Green taliban members are the same sanctimonious hypocrites the world over.

Gareth Hughes racks up huge air miles to lecture us on the evils of oil, Metiria Turei  bemoans poverty dressed in her outrageously expensive designer clothes and lives in a castle with massive rock walls quarries from open cast mines. Greenpeace chug around using thousands of tons of oil to stage a back firing publicity stunt (although they were probably drugged to the eyeballs it’s just as well the Russkies arrested them before they harmed themselves) against providing their fuel.

Now the UK Climate Change Ministry has been busted racking up the air miles.

Minsters in charge of tackling climate spent £300,000 last year flying around the UK, shocking new figures reveal.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change and its quangos charged the taxpayer for more than 1,600 internal flights while lecturing the public about the need to cut carbon emissions. 

The huge bill emerged as the coalition was plunged into fresh turmoil over the environment, as David Cameron ordered a review of all green taxes blamed for pushing up energy bills.

The ministry, run by Lib Dem Ed Davey, spent £148,000 on 668 internal flights last year.

And the agencies and quangos it runs cost the taxpayer another £163,000 on more than 1,000 domestic flights.

A breakdown of the flights showed that most covered trips of more than 400 miles between London and Scotland. But there were other shorter journeys, including flights between Aberdeen and Wick Airport in the far north of Scotland, which are only 200 miles apart by road.

Green MP Caroline Lucas said she thought trains could have been easily used by officials and ministers instead to reduce the impact on the environment.

She said: ‘I find it hard to believe that trains weren’t an option on at least some of these routes.

‘Given the impact of carbon emissions from aviation, it’s disappointing that the department isn’t showing more leadership.’

 


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  • Rimutaka

    Mail on Line, what a surprise.

    I like what the Green MP said “Green MP Caroline Lucas said she thought trains could have been easily used by officials and ministers instead to reduce the impact on the environment. She said: ‘I find it hard to believe that trains weren’t an option on at least some of these routes. ‘Given the impact of carbon emissions from aviation, it’s disappointing that the department isn’t showing more leadership.’”

    Not sure how that makes her a hypocrite though?

  • ConwayCaptain

    The wind turbine people in the UK are subsidised by 900m GBP. See today’s DT

  • Andy

    The ecotards seem to have done quite well in the Wellington local body elections.

    • AnonWgtn

      So John Key was right about Wellington – it will continue to collapse with the Councillors they have elected.

      • Honcho

        I honestly can’t believe the good people of wellington thought to re-elect Celia ‘two dads’ Wade-Brown, Auckland with a socialist Brown, and wellington with a watermelon Brown, a curse on both their houses.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    In this day and age why the fuck can’t they video conference?

    • AnonWgtn

      No Air Miles in that, and a night in a 4 star hotel, and a bit on the quiet.

      • James Growley

        Besides, what would Material do with her fancy dud’s?

    • Patrick

      Exactly, that is the reality in the commercial world – & therein lies the answer, because it is other peoples money & therefore there to be troughed on flights, hotels & fancy dinners.

  • Mr_V4

    Also the Green parties superannuation fund consisting of rental accomodation paid for by the taxpayer.

  • Mr_V4

    I would like to see the airlines simply refuse service to old ratface, teach him a lesson.

  • Andy

    Slightly on topic, Kimdotcom has been tweeting support for the Arctic 30. Not altogether a warm response from his followers though

    https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/389186293986373632

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