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1,200 Limousines for the Copenhagen Climate Summit

As ministers, representatives, and journalists from around the world gather in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, rental car firms are having difficulty providing enough limos to meet the demand:
Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. "We haven't got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand," she says. "We're having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden."

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? "Five," says Ms Jorgensen.

The local airport is expecting so many private jets that there will be no room to park them; the jets will have to fly to Sweden or other regional sites and then return later for their passengers.

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"Does anyone know where the best place to escape to on Earth when Climate change really starts to kick in?"

Apparently - It's Canada.
I guess Monty Python had it right all along.
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Shows you they're a bunch of useless hypocrites. They probably contributed more to so-called "global warming" during this conference than the average Dane does in a year!
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Richard Jeni has this called perfectly 4 years ago:
the whole thing is great, but the relevant part starts at 2:38
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no matter what you think about global warming, this is just ridiculous.

this article inspired a thought experiment.

imagine a mysterious disease that strikes down every scientist, engingeer, and techinician that works on CPU design and production. The world would slip into chaos, economies would teeter on the brink, and it might take decades to recover from such an event as knowledgeable people from other people rushed in to try to fill the void.

Now, imagine every muckety muck "decision maker", politician, staffer, etc... was pureed by some mysterious force. There would be a brief hiccup in the operation of the world, but the void would fill in a relative instant with another set of people equally competent (or incompetent).
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I'm NOT defending these guys, but my guess is that most people when they fly into a foreign country need transportation, so they get a rental car. If that car is driven by a paid driver, it's called a Limousine. Now, yes, these foreign leaders and their large staffs perhaps could take public transportation, or find some kind of alternate travel, but I doubt these guys are all driving around Copenhagen in stretch Limos. If they actually are doing this, then yes, they are hypocritical jerks.

Again, I'm not defending these guys, but I think it might be a little more complicated than how this story portrays it. If you were in North or South America, and had to go to Copenhagen with a large group, how would YOU handle it?

Perhaps in the future these types of meetings could be done over video conferencing?
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whether it's a stretch limo or not doesn't really matter, nor would it matter if they drove themselves, it's the fact that apparently enough of them individually are ordering some sort of car for themselves, perhaps their retinue, idk how big that could be. Why can't several representatives carpool in lower emissions vehicles? Lots of them are coming from the same countries, why do they all need to take their own private jets?

I'm sure they'll all go home and pay someone to plant a tree that will die in two years.
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None of the conference is talking about the environment. All the discussions are about the money. Who gets what when the CO2 legislation goes through in each trade zone.
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Just to clarify, the stretch limo showed up in a search for Copenhagen + limousine. There's no implication that attendees at the conference are using stretch limos. They probably use much smaller ones.
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"If you were in North or South America, and had to go to Copenhagen with a large group, how would YOU handle it?"

I'd take a group of them in my 20-person private jet, instead of flying in it alone. Or, use these strange things called 'commercial flights', rather than create a new flight with all of it's new pollution. Either way, I'd then take the same group from the airport in a chartered bus. There's no reason to take 20 private planes and twenty cars of any type when the same group of people can get from the same place to the same place in 1 plane and 1 wheeled vehicle. And yes, alot of people will end up on a similar route, at least in part. Most from the US, for example, end up in NY, and go from there to London, then to Copenhagen.

A big conference will cause more pollution than if the conference didn't take place, but there are very easy ways to minimize that pollution. If these anti-pollution, pro-environment people were that serious, they'd find a way to minimize, but many simply refuse. Many of them are green to look good, not help the Earth. Not all, of course, but far too many.
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For the record, hypocrisy doesn't mean anyone's wrong. It just means they are hypocrites. (This is known as a "tu quoque" fallacy:

If a convicted killer tells you not to murder someone, his hypocrisy on the subject does not validate the murder, any more than a large carbon footprint at a climate change conference shows that global warming is a myth.
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From the same article, regarding the private planes to Copenhagen:
"The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers."
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it is worth pointing out that plenty of opponents to environmental regulation and climate change are there as well. and also lots of hypocrites, of course.
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If that happened, each of those jobs would be filled by limo drivers from India, and they would probably be just as competent then their predecessor. I'm also curious about what this "mysterious force" you're referring to could be.


I probably will have to agree with you on this one. Limousine can just mean a taxi service that charges a flat rate instead of a distance charge, and probably only so many of them being stretch ones. But even though, 1,200 is excessive.


Great vid, thanx! I think the whole thing was pretty relevent concidering the comments and the topic.
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What is the world coming to, is it falling apart or not? Would somebody please make up their mind? I mean we just love a good disaster don’t we. We do everything possible to destroy our planet and then say whoops what we gonna do now…
I have to say this article was interesting though
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