From Darleen Click, we learn that His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales believes we have but 96 months to Save the World:
When I last posed the question of what the fundamentialist religion of Environmentalism is really about I closed with
[I]s this just the use of power to play out their dearest Medieval Times fantasy where they figure they are the lords and ladies and the rest of us are serfs?
Here comes Prince Charles to answer my question.
Just 96 months to save world, says Prince CharlesThe heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James’s Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world.
And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the “age of convenience” was over.
Think about that for a moment. Here is a “man” who has been a hothouse orchid his whole life … never made a bed, never cooked a meal, never held a job or met a payroll, never worried about bills or had to make choices about stretching the household budget so the kid can get into soccer camp and scouts. Yet Prince Charles, pining for the days of old as he travels between his palaces, is telling Mr. and Mrs. Middle-class “Your life stinks of convenience and We Are Not Amused”.
Mrs Click proceeds through some well-merited mockery of the prince, but what amused me was the precision with which His Royal Highness has calculated our impending doom:
Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture, Charles said that without “coherent financial incentives and disincentives” we have just 96 months to avert “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.”
By specifying 96 months, the Prince specifies that the unit “months” is the precision with which his calculations have been taken. It has occurred to me that 96 months might not be quite the Vulcan-precise calculation presented by Mr Spock in Star Trek, but might more probably represent the length of what His Royal Highness might hope to be Barack Obama’s term as President of the United States. Of course, with that type of precision, and the fact that the speech was given in July, t’would be five months into what I hope will be our 45th President’s second term, so perhaps that’s not what the Prince meant.
Still, it is entirely possible that His Royal Highness was being overly optomistic: former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., said in December of 2008, that the North Polar icecap would completely disappear in five years:
Mark that one down on your calendar, boys and girls: there will be no Christmas in 2013, because Santa’s workshop will have sunk! (Hat tip to serr8d.)
Of course, his film An Inconvenient Truth claimed that we had ten years from 2006:
We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin,
so there we are again, at 2016 — apparently three years after the North Polar cap melts away.
Perhaps some of our friends on the left who believe that we must make serious and fundamental changes in our lifestyle to avert a catastrophe brought on by global warming would be better served in making their arguments if they didn’t have such obvious nutjobs — and hypocritical nutjobs, to boot — making their arguments. How seriously am I to take Mr Gore’s arguments that we must act now to save the world when he flies around the country and the world in private jets, dumping tons of carbon into the atmosphere, to bring us his message?
Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.
Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.
But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore’s office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths.
As for His Royal Highness, it gets difficult seeing a man who has been pampered his entire life, who has almost anything he wants delivered to him, and is waited on hand-and-foot by a staff of servants, a man of many residences, as being anything but a hypocrite when he tells other people that
Mr Gore wanted to be our leader, and thought that he was the right man for the job of being our 43rd President. Well, I say that it’s high time he actually led! Mr Gore, sell those extra houses. Better yet, tear them all down and replace them with one small, energy efficient home. If you believe that we must sacrifice our lifestyle because it’s the only way to prevent looming global disaster, then lead us by your own example! Your Royal Highness, you can do without Highgrove and Birkhall; Clarence House alone ought to be more than sufficient — and really, even that’s way too much; maybe a flat in Chelsea would suit? — for a family of just four people.
Until they start practicing what they preach, you can count on me giving them exactly the respect that they deserve.