French Green hypocrisy is just like NZ Green hypocrisy

More of the usual Green “Do as I say, not as I do” tripe from on high.

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.

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot attends a press conference at the end of a G7 summit on the environment in Bologna on June 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI

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, […], a 2CV, a Peugeot, a Citroen, a Volkswagen camper van, a BMW, […] 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.”

“I am all for transparency, but I am not for voyeurism or hair-splitting,” he said.

Absolutely correct Minister, it is clearly splitting hairs to count all nine of your means of transport that are powered by engines that use fossil fuel and belch evil CO2 that will eventually boil the planet and kill us all.

Virtue signalling by riding around in an electric ministerial limo that you forced the taxpayers to provide is worth so many more brownie points than ripping around the Mediterranean in your motorboat while at your Corsican holiday home.


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Dr Seuss may have been describing WH when he wrote, “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”  WH, however, is tallish and only just fits in his MG.