It's that time of the year for lists, and Steven Milloy at Junk Science picks his own list of "green hypocrisy’s top 10 poster children for 2007." (Green, he reminds us, "has traditionally been the color of the deadly sin of envy.")
It's an Amerocentric list ,so Helen Clark doesn't make it for chanting "carbon neutrality" like a Hare Krishna even as NZ moves to 31st out of 56 in the OECD's league tables of "climate change performance" (and good on us for that, eh?). But he has pinged several thousand of the world's greatest humbugs schmoozing down here in Bali in order to "slash" the world's carbon emissions and emitting over 100,000 tonnes of carbon just to fly there.
The important point to take here is not that we should all be doing "better," but instead as Milloy suggests, we should judge the seriousness of the warnings of these honorees more by their real-life actions than by either their insufferably smug pronouncements or their "carefully crafted green public images." After all, if they don't take their own predictions of imminent disaster seriously, why should we?