Skip to comments.UK: Charles cancels ski trip to back green pledges
Posted on 01/19/2007 8:55:25 PM PST by bruinbirdman
The Prince of Wales, criticised yesterday by a Cabinet minister for flying to New York to pick up an environmental award, has quietly cancelled his annual skiing trip to Klosters to cut greenhouse gases.
The decision was taken as part of the Prince's pledge last year to reduce his carbon footprint and was made before the furore over the New York trip.
David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, criticised Charles for going to the United States with a 20-strong entourage to collect the Harvard Club's Global Environmental Citizen Award from Meryl Streep, the Hollywood actress. The flight will cost around £120,000.
Mr Miliband said: "Was it a particularly heavy award?
"I think a lot of business can be done by telephone and video link these days." Clarence House last night declined to be drawn on why the Prince was not going to Klosters, a 75-minute flight compared with the seven-and-a-half hour trip by jumbo jet to New York.
Princes William and Harry could not go to Switzerland because of their Army commitments. Charles, who has described climate change as the "biggest threat to mankind", made the decision in accordance with his announcement last year that he would publish details of his own carbon footprint a measure of how his activities have had an impact on the environment in his 2007 accounts.
One royal source said: "There are no plans for a skiing trip. The Prince is trying to cut back on his carbon footprints and this is one of the factors in his decision.
"He is reviewing all areas of his life which involve travel. He is thinking carefully about all his engagements."
The fact that William and Harry could not join him made the decision easier. "That is not to say that the Prince will not go to Klosters again. . . he might," the source added.
Charles, 59 in November, has already been forced to give up polo, which he has played since he was a teenager, on doctors' orders because of his bad back.
The ban on fox hunting has also robbed him of another sporting passion.
When the ban was first raised, the Prince said it would drive him to leave the country and spend his life skiing.
What do Charles and Obama have in common ?
I had a burrito for dinner. Does that make me bad?
Great, left all leftist weasels and Islamo-fascists stay at home, permanently. Let those of us who are not enviro-whacko fanatics enjoy the conveniences of modern travel without the wacky left and without Islamist fanatics. Our airplanes will be safe and we will not have to listen to dull harangues from the wacky left (I sat next to a young woman who adores Rosie O'Donnell on a recent flight, but she was good looking and I did not have the heart to burst her bubble too aggressively).
What do Charles and a bird brain have in common?
Good, save more gas for me. Now if Gore and Mooreon would take his lead????
Pray for W and Our Troops
He's going to have to stay at home in the dark, in the cold, eating cold food with his horse faced wife. If only we can get Bono to join him.
That mean he made black marks on someone's carpet?
A: Prodigiously sized auricles ( or pinna, if you will.)
Bigger than his mother's Uncle's friend?
It depends on your greenhouse gasses....
The Queen Mum was steadfast in her support of the Allies and stayed loyal!!
He is a fool.
Thaaaat's not real...is it?
Don't worry, Chucky! I took up your slack this week and put about 15 lbs. of VOC's into the atmosphere spraying trim and millwork.
The Prince maybe develop a sudden fondness for predictions of Global Cooling..
Goodie for Charles. Spot on. I feel so much better now. The "environment" is saved by his gracious and selfless act of cancelling his skiing trip.
If only we could get the Huffin' puffing ton to cancel her private jet trips. Oh wait, I forgot, the planes "were already going there".
Now I understand why the Queen has remained on the throne and not allowed Charles to become King. The Brits have it tough enough. They don't need an "Al Gore Wannabe" as King.
Notice that "global warming" has achieved pejorative status. The operative term now is "climate change."
Both look like Dumbo on a bad day?
Both look like could fly if they would only flap their ears?
Both are taking orders from an ugly woman...Charles (Camilla), Obama (Hillary)?
You take your pick.
No coal.Polluting. No oil. polluting. no nuke. eeeeeevil. no windmills. hurts birds. No hydro. hurts fish.
Soon we'll all be in a cave.
I knew the Windsors were sympathizers, but I wasn't aware that they'd met Der Fuhrer.
Obama used to be Muslim, and would convert back if elected President.
Charles will convert to Islam as one of his first acts as King.
What a peabrain! 10 years from now he will look like the biggest idiot and fool, devoting his life to a phony cause.
He has been forced to give up polo and fox hunting, and now he gives up a single ski trip for the environment...
WHAT GREAT SACRIFICE! Truely the blood of kings runs in this man! [/Sarcsm OFF]
Methinks the Brits may give up on the monarchy when this fool steps into power.
Here we go -
A study by the British Sunday Times tells us that so-called environmentalists pollute the earth at nearly twice the rate of an ordinary British family.
Environmental campaigners clock hundreds of thousands of flying miles on trips for pleasure and business, wrote Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor at the Times.
Bob Napier, chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, has flown to Spitsbergen, Borneo, Washington, Geneva, and Beijing on business trips and taken a holiday in the Falklands, generating more than 11 tons of carbon dioxide.
A typical British household creates about six tons of CO2 a year.
Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, flew to Malaysia, South Africa, and Amsterdam on business and took his family on holiday to Slovakia in the past year. His trips are estimated to have generated at least eight tons of CO2, wrote Leake.
Ashok Sinha, director of Stop Climate Chaos, a coalition of more than 30 groups, flew to India on holiday and to Montreal on a business trip, generating 3 tons of pollution.
The real answer is that people must stop flying, said Sinha. Translation: Its okay for me to fly because Im important but youre not.
Climate change is the biggest threat to mankind?
I guess you could say so ... Islamonazi nukes might cause some climate change if they're allowed to run unchecked through the civilized world.
(And yes, he's a twit.)