Here’s one for the hypocrite, do as I say, not as I do category!
It’s been revealed that on June 21, 2021, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (Germany) used a private jet to travel the puny 47 kilometers distance from Vienna to Bratislava.
As carbon taxes rise and energy prices soar, many leading European politicians insist all the pain is necessary “to avert climate overheating”. Germany, von der Leyen’s home country, is even pushing to ban all inland flights with the aim of getting people to travel by train or bus.
Short trips using private jets means EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen needlessly emits thousands of kilograms of CO2, while demanding EU citizens accept pain of going carbon neutral by 2050. Image: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Public reaction has been harsh since the news of Ms. von der Leyen’s junket. The distance likely could have been covered in less than hour by car or by train. By train, the fare would have been around €11.00!
And last year she even declared 2020 as “The Year of the Train”.
Private jet for 18 of 34 trips
“Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stands for the Green Deal. CO2 emissions are to be massively reduced by 2050. The 63-year-old wants to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050,” reports the online Swiss Nau.ch. “But now the German is facing criticism – because she herself did not pay attention to the environment. On 18 of 34 business trips, von der Leyen boarded a private jet, reports the Telegraph. Even on absolutely mini-routes.”
A discussion by Germany’s leading daily Bild reported that the 47 km trip emitted more than a tonne of CO2 in less than 20 minutes.
An EU spokesperson said “logistically there had been no other possibility” because of the President’s busy schedule. “In addition, there were concerns about using scheduled flights or trains because of Corona,” the spokesperson added.
Lower risk of Corona on private jet
Back in June, however, it was thought that the Corona vaccines offered an exceptionally high level of protection. So either Ms. von der Leyen was not even vaccinated at the time, or she already knew the vaccines were not what they were sold to be.