Almost the best thing about Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s denunciation of “Man-made global warming” as a load of old “$!**@&**s!” is the horror it has engendered in the Independent.
Lest any of its readers have their consciousness led in a false direction by this outspoken “Climate Change Denier”, the Indie has chosen to accompany its report of O’Leary’s outrageous claims with a series of rebuttals from some foxy chick from the British Antarctic Survey.
It has also commissioned one of its leader writers to do an opinion piece headed Why Let The Facts Get In The Way When Your Profits Are At Stake? – (yep, that’s the real problem: capitalism. If only we could all stop this damned economic growth nuisance, the planet would be sooo much better off) – majoring on the detail that O’Leary got one or two facts wrong about Galileo. And quite right too. The fact that an airline boss doesn’t know that Galileo lived in the Renaissance rather than the Middle Ages really deserves a whole chapter of its own in the next IPCC assessment report as perhaps the most incontrovertible piece of evidence yet that CAGW definitely exists.
I suspect that what the Indie and its readership would dearly love is for this to become Michael O’Leary’s Gerald Ratner moment: the statement so palpably, disgustingly outrageous that all his customers desert him in their droves.
Problem is, no one who flies Ryanair gives a stuff about their carbon footprint. What they want is cheap flights – something government eco-taxes levied in the name of “combatting climate change” render less and less attainable each year.
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