by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Nick Pope writes for the Daily Caller about a surprising element of the United Nations’ climate agenda. It appears the UN thinks it’s important to extend the principles of climate alarmism to a hobby enjoyed by only the world’s richest people. It’s another example of out-of-touch elites driving policies that are bound to hurt people who can least afford it.
The United Nations (UN) climate summit, known as COP28, featured a Tuesday discussion on sustainable yachting.
The discussion centered on finding “a variety of technical solutions developed to make the yachting experience more responsible and sustainable,” according to its official COP28 website. The event, titled “Responsible Yachting. Today & Tomorrow,” was moderated by Nico Rosberg, a yacht-owning former race car driver, and organized by Sunreef Yacht, a company that builds custom yachts and luxury vessels.
The discussion also included “a conversation about electric, hybrid and hydrogen propulsion, battery technology, plant-based composites, bottom paints, modern photovoltaics, sustainable interior finishing, water management, energy management (and) air conditioning,” according to the event’s COP28 website.
The conference has already drawn criticism for being perceived as elitist and hypocritical, as thousands of politicians and businesspeople have flown to an oil-rich state to find ways to advance a global green energy transition and alter peoples’ habits to better protect the environment.
“It just goes to show you that, at a time when these people are talking about telling poor countries to switch over to renewable energy, and people are starving, we also have folks driving the climate movement hosting ‘environmentally-friendly yachting’ panels,” Dan Kish, a senior research fellow for the Institute for Energy Research, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It’s absolutely classic… they tell everyone else to sacrifice while they host discussions on ‘sustainable yachting’ among themselves.”
Representatives for the UN did not respond immediately to a request for comment.