NP Comment Rex Murphy: The green folly about to unfold in Glasgow could leave you cold


COP26 will be another private-jet convocation where superior people, with no need to worry about furnace fuel, will meet to tell the peasants how they should live. It may be off a few words as I am calling this up from my sadly senescent memory, but I’d like to cite Samuel Johnson’s surely arch comment on a certain sport. Said he, whom the world in his own day called The Great Cham: “It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.” I would repurpose that in these fall days of 2021 as I read all the news from Europe, of petrol shortages, swiftly rising fuel costs, extreme lineups at British gas stations, brawls breaking out at the pumps, Germany already shuddering at the possibility of a cold winter and not enough heating fuel, half the continent now on a leash to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his gas line, plus the ever ready sultans of the Middle East musing about either raising prices or cutting supply. […] There is no keener signature of an adolescent mind than gluing oneself to a highway barricade while believing your adhesive activism is going to save the planet.

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