The elites have flocked to Davos for their annual shindig. Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars clog up the skies with their private jets as they fly in to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. There, in the lap of luxury, they liaise over important issues such as growing economic inequality, central banks, terrorism and other threats to humanity. High on the agenda of course is the worrying question of how we can reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
Yet over the course of this week, approximately 1,700 private jets are expected to fly into the region. One result of this is that airport traffic will increase by 10% which means that landing spots are going to be in short supply. The Swiss Armed Forces, for the first time ever, have even had to open up one of their military air bases to try and accommodate the increase in traffic.
For private jet companies like PrivateFly, Netkets and VistaJet, this is bonanza time, by far their busiest and best paying time of year. Clearly our elites have never listened to their own advice, couldn’t they ‘private jet pool’ just as they constantly urge us to car pool?
Our elites are are not hypocrites, they are people who have a genuine and deep concern about the future of the earth; and hobnobbing with each other in five star luxury hotels and skiing. Clearly climate change is caused by the lower orders and not by tax payer subsidised politicians and washed up rock stars.
And yet our jet set, global warning, doom mongers wonder why fewer amongst the hoi polloi listen to their dire warnings about how the world will come to an end if we don’t all switch to sailing ships and rickshaws. Ordinary people will believe it is an emergency when they begin to behave as though it is an emergency.
Didn’t the Old Testament prophets make a few pointed remarks concerning the rich and powerful and how they would have to answer for their sense of entitlement?