If there is one Still Confused as to why ESG, and the entire “green” movement is one giant, boiling cauldron of lies, hypocrisy and fraud, read on.
Last summer, we reported that the European Commission – killing career bureaucrats – had proposed exempting private jets, one of the most polluting forms of transportation, from the EU’s planned jet fuel tax. A draft indicated that the tax will be gradually applied to passenger flights, including flights carrying goods. Private aircraft will enjoy an exemption through the designation of “business aviation” as the use of aircraft by companies to carry passengers or cargo “as an aid to the conduct of their business”, if they are generally considered not to be public charter. It gets better: An additional exemption is granted for “recreational” flights where the aircraft is used for “personal or recreational” purposes not related to commercial or professional use.
This is strange because a recent report found that carbon dioxide emissions in private jets in Europe rose 31% between 2005 and 2019, with flights to popular destinations rising significantly during the summer holiday seasons. So if Europe is really concerned about reducing CO2 emissions, it will ostensibly go after some of the biggest culprits…but no.
Of course, since most of the billionaires and the very wealthy fly in the private sector, these same billionaires and wealthy tend to be exempt from the regulations (which politicians usually write that the rich have previously bribed or bought) that apply to the rest of the peasants, these were not Big surprise.
Which is why we suspect that the latest news showing just how prevalent “green” hypocrisy is, will also come as a surprise.
According to a new report from Transportation and Environment (T&E) entitled “Climate impacts of exemptions from EU shipping proposals:
Arbitrary exceptions undermine the integrity of shipping laws“More than half of European ships will be exempted from the European Commission’s carbon pricing scheme for the sector. Among them are: highly polluting if highly desirable – for the Monte Carlo Group – yachts
According to the report, in July 2021, the European Commission published a set of proposals to decarbonize the marine sector. However, what is not quietly mentioned, however, is that the proposed Carbon Pricing Scheme (ETS) and the FuelEU Maritime Low Fuel Standard (FuelEU Maritime) will only apply to vessels over 5,000 tonnage and exclude a number of vessel types such as offshore vessels, fishing vessels, and.. .. yachts.
The size threshold appears to have been implemented after the fact that yachts were allowed to be among the ships exempt from the regulation. The problem is that by setting a very high threshold, ships that account for roughly 20% of EU shipping emissions – would be an example, double what the Commission originally claimed the exemption would cover.
Or, in the words of T&E, “EU shipping proposals exempt as much pollution as Denmark’s total annual carbon dioxide emissions.”
But…But…Bitcoin mining is very dirty and it should be stopped immediately!
Again, that’s just so Europe’s elderly oligarchs can invite their 20-year-old Russian mistresses aboard their yachts at the mooring next to Monte Carlo.
In the report, T&E wrote that it analyzed existing proposals to find that too many high-emission vessels would be phased out. Instead, T&E recommends “a system based on emissions threshold rather than volume. This would cover more emissions without adding an administrative burden to the industry.”
Of course, this will never happen because such a system no longer excludes yachts. And since the basic principle of the whole green/ESG farce is to make two sets of rules: one for 0.001% and one for everyone else, the peasants will be asked to accept it… and if they dare take off their masks when in protest, they will be sent straight to the Australian
concentration camps I beg your pardon 5 star quarantine facilities.