On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen's biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the "summit to save the world", which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.
Seems quite a bump for the carbon neutral crowd.
"We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention," she says. "But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report."
Yes, I am sure they all would be bicycling and walking about, forgoing the limousines, if it weren't for that darn weather! Yet these same types of bureaucrats would take a keen interest in the travel arrangements, weather be damned, if say you or I were to embark on such an excursion. Not only would they conceive of a carbon tax to pay, but they would certainly desire to restrict our use of vehicles, both in terms of their size and their fuel source. It's all right though, all in the interests of global preservation.
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."
Having to drive them in.. from Germany and Sweden! Good heavens, that's quite a carbon footprint that is shaping up over there in Denmark.
The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets
More like a carbon boot print. Even big AL doesn't burn it up like this.
According to the organisers, the eleven-day conference, including the participants' travel, will create a total of 41,000 tonnes of "carbon dioxide equivalent", equal to the amount produced over the same period by a city the size of Middlesbrough.
That's Middlesbrough England, home of the closed circuit TV surveillance system, complete with loudspeakers for the vocal reprimand of the citizenry, all 143,000 of them, when they are observed to misbehave.
One must take to heart the advice dished out by such climate elites, especially when you consider that their gathering will match the energy consumption of a moderate sized English town. It must distress them greatly to do so, underscoring just how important this all must be to them.
Last week's unusually strident attack by the Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, on climate change "saboteurs" reflected real fear in government that momentum is slipping away from the cause.
Good grief, if only we could be so lucky.