Archive for the ‘Davos’ Category

Rich, famous, and two faced!

January 29, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Davos conference, where the rich, the famous, and the rich and famous get together with top level politicos and decide the fate of us common people.  Well, the hot topic this year is Global Warming, what to do about it, and how to fleece the rest of us in the process.  As this article, High-altitude hedonism in Davos, points out, not only is it not all work, but the meeting provides an excellent example of just how two faced these Important people are:

“For all the grave talk about the dangers of climate change at the four-day meeting of corporate and political leaders, petrol-guzzling limousines and SUVs remained the transport mode of choice for the vast majority of participants.”

And, if that doesn’t make you want to see the High and Mighty stoned in the street:

“For the really “serious money,” the road was left behind altogether in favour of a helicopter entry and departure to the small ski resort high in the Swiss Alps. ”

There needs to be some climate change alright, but it doesn’t have anything to do with Global Warming, but rather about the Global Shafting we’re getting from the people in charge.

the Grit
 

Blair and Kyoto

January 28, 2007

Hi Grit

I will come back to the issue of Global warming in the next few days, as soon as I have extricated myself from the mountain of paperwork, facts and counterfacts that was forthcoming after the last one. However, the situation regarding Mr Blair’s speech needs to be looked at in a number of ways.

Firstly, one has to remember that he is within six months or so of stepping down from the position as Prime Minister. Thus, technically, nothing that he says at present has any influence upon government policy, nor does it commit his successor to a policy. If I were the cynical type (as if?), I could promote the view that his current round of speeches on important issues is a clever promotional campaign to improve his value on the “statesmen” speech circuit.

Secondly, his praise of Ms Merkel and the German presidency of Europe rings a bit hollow when you consider it in the same context as mentioned in the above paragraph.

Thirdly, the Koyoto agreement we have already mentioned previously and to me, bearing in mind that the developing countries such as India and China will cry foul if their continued development is to be halted, I do not see a prospect of a new more radical formula being agreed in the near future.

Oh why not just a brief mention of Global warming. Our Prince Charles, who cancelled a skiing trip to reduce his “carbon footprint” resulting from emissions, has now been criticised for taking 13 people on an official trip to Canada. I have not seen anyone complaining about the “emission” cost of 30 political parties travelling from their domestic countries to Switzerland, have you?

Hope that explains the Blair position.

the Brit

Blair, a little help?

January 27, 2007

Hi Brit,

I found this, Blair sees hope of climate deal,  and am confused.  Figuring you may have better insight into Blair than I, a little help would be appreciated.  Particularly this part, “He also pledged to work with other world leaders towards a more “radical” and “comprehensive” successor to the Kyoto protocol.”  Should I be digging a bunker?

the Grit

Another year, another portent.

January 17, 2007

Hi Brit,

Here we go!  Climate change to dominate Davos meeting, where the world’s high and mighty will party hardy and decide the fate of we tiny folk for the coming year.  I notice that there are no climate scientists on the list, while there are some unnamed rock stars.  Well, when you’re making decisions that have the potential to kill billions of people, you get the best advice possible.  Wait, I just noticed that they are named, Bono and Peter Gabriel.  Well, that’s a load off my mind.  Both of those fellows are world renowned for their knowledge of climate change and Middle East affairs, and I’m certain they will be giving round the clock lectures on those subjects.  Either that, or, it could be they are on the guest list to get hot chicks and drugs for the fat cats.  With that in mind, I for one will sleep well tonight, knowing that the end of the world is right on track.

the Grit