What is COP27? A serious intellectual conference, a visit to the fleshpots, or a giant tribal show of solidarity and fierceness? To try to find out, we contacted Canada’s Ministry of Climate Alarmism to ask four simple questions: “how large the Canadian delegation to COP27 is, how they are travelling to and from the event, what their estimated carbon footprint is for such travel, and what the total cost will be including hotels and incidentals”. And after some of the usual back-and-forth, we were told “Canada’s core delegation number is around 335 members”. Around 335. So too large to count, and certainly too large for serious intellectual or policy work. But big enough to have a whole lot of expensive fun in the sun. And to stage one of those giant displays of serried ranks of committed enthusiasts. If all the world’s 200+ nations sent 300+ delegates you’d have well over 60,000 people. Far too large for constructive discussion or productive work. But ample for self-congratulatory virtue-signalling or filling a stadium. Now you know.
It is remarkable that a Canadian government committed, among other things, to discerning the precise gender impact of everything it does, and far too dim to realize that nobody could calculate it, made no effort to estimate the carbon footprint. Or if they did, it was too embarrassing to share. Instead they burbled that “The Government of Canada is working with all delegates to ensure that carbon emissions associated with traveling to and from COP27 are being offset.” So never mind all that jet fuel. Somewhere some peasant is walking to make up for it.
They certainly made no effort to pass on anything they had calculated or thought they had, just as they did not explain how this extraordinary multitude was going to get to the luxury resort of Sharm el-Sheik. And on cost, well, they kind of fudged.
They provided a rather dizzying list of the amazing diversity of the attendees, apart from their thoughts and general elite status:
“The delegation is led by Minister Steven Guilbeault, supported by Canada’s Climate Change Ambassador Catherine Stewart and Canada’s Chief Negotiator Steven Kuhn. There are also representatives from Parliament… The delegation includes officials from 13 different federal departments and agencies delivering on climate commitments as well as representatives for 11 different provinces and territories; Indigenous leaders and representatives; provincial and territorial (PTs) Premiers, Ministers and officials, and representatives of organizations nominated by PTs; civil society organizations and youth; and business, industry and labour representatives. Environmental NGOs include representation from Climate Action Network Canada, Indigenous Climate Action, Destination Zero, Équiterre, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.”
Then they said the Canadian federal taxpayer was covering a huge unspecified slice of this road show, including “federal officials”. However, they insisted, “All other participants, while accredited to the Canadian delegation, pay for their own costs.”
Well, sure. Provincial premiers just reach for their own credit card and… hey, wait a minute. That’s on the public as well. And we’re not sure how “youth” are paying, perhaps with their parents’ credit cards. But we’re pretty certain the sorts of NGOs that get invited by the government to be “accredited to the Canadian delegation” (which we were not) are also collecting juicy contributions from… the government, reaching for your credit card. At any rate, we would bet our lunch against theirs that not one in a hundred people on that list will be paying from their own personal bank account.
And another thing. Postmedia columnist Brian Lilley, who has also been trying in vain to uncover which leading Canadian political prime minister stayed in the $6,000/night suite in London during the Queen’s funeral ceremonies, asked about accommodations for the immense horde of Canadian delegates to COP27 and reported as follows:
“The Trudeau government was tight-lipped when asked how many people were part of this year’s Canadian delegation and where they would be staying. Kaitlin Power, the press secretary to Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, said that information could not be released due to security concerns but added that the minister was leading a diverse group. ‘Canada has taken steps to ensure diverse perspectives are reflected through its inclusive delegation, which will be comprised of parliamentarians representing both the House of Commons and the Senate; Indigenous representatives; representatives from civil society organizations and youth, business, and labour, as well as most provinces and territories,’ Power said.”
Which even if true is not relevant since he asked about their lodgings not their pronouns. Though as Lilley added:
“Diverse? You can be sure the people the government have invited all have exactly the same thoughts as the minister does. Triple the carbon tax on home heating fuel even when Canadians are dealing with an affordability crisis, keep jacking up the price of gas, and make farmers the next target with the Trudeau government’s fertilizer plan.”
But we digress.
The point is, Lilley did his own research on accommodations at tony Sharm el-Sheik and it sounds great, provided you’re not paying your own way. For instance:
“The Four Seasons describes itself as an Arabian fairytale where ‘limestone cliffs embrace a kilometre of private beachfront with crystal-clear waters and access to a protected marine reserve.’”
Since it’s fully booked, whether by our favoured classes or someone else’s, he found some alternatives:
“‘Discover the paradise of Egypt’s Red Sea and immerse yourself in the luxury of all-inclusive hospitality,’ reads the website of the Rixos Premium Seagate, where rooms can be had for just $2,400 per night.”
Bargain. We often pay that kind of sum from our own pocket… in taxes. But fear not. “Then there is the comparatively down-market The Royal Savoy, which is charging $1,465 per night for rooms next week at the height of the conference.” Down-market here meaning:
“‘The Royal Savoy is an exclusive club wing, complete with its own private lounge, terrace, pool, and beach area. Created for guests who prefer to stay in a more intimate and secluded location within the grounds of the Savoy,’ the hotel says in its marketing materials.”
Lilley wound up “The receipts for the hotels alone should be fascinating once we receive them.” But it’s really a matter of if, not when. As with everything else including what will be accomplished by this diverse host of youth indigenous bureaucratic politician persons that could not have been done by, oh, say, 35 of them?
Except spew money, spew carbon and then spew excuses. While showing off the unanimity of their diversity, perhaps in a mass rally complete with chanting and light show.