Elitism not hypocrisy

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18 Dec 2009

Attacks on the hypocrisy of delegates at the Copenhagen climate change summit are misplaced. It may well be true that they used 1,200 limos, 140 private and ate caviar wedges but to call them hypocrites fundamentally misunderstands the character of environmentalism.

Green thinking is essentially a defence of elite privilege. The elite see its own consumption as fine but popular consumption is viewed with revulsion. Members of the elite believe that they are entitled to their private jets (perhaps with carbon offsets as a form of absolution) but we should not even be flying in low cost airlines. This outlook is the essence of eco-thinking rather than being contradictory.

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