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(Metro)   Queen Elizabeth urges nations to 'rise to the challenge' of tackling climate change and save the planet, says she will turn down the thermostats at her many palaces and castles   (metro.co.uk) divider line
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2021-10-20 8:38:07 AM  
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2021-10-20 8:53:10 AM  
Talk about not reading the temperature of the room.
 
2021-10-20 8:54:22 AM  
An individual that might have the single largest life-time carbon footprint for 1 person is upset that the plebs aren't cleaning up her mess fast enough.
 
2021-10-20 8:58:11 AM  

neongoats: An individual that might have the single largest life-time carbon footprint for 1 person is upset that the plebs aren't cleaning up her mess fast enough.


Lead my example, my friend, lead by example.

But I wonder who _does_ have the highest carbon footprint?

If we can lay the blame for a war at one person's feet, it probably has to be someone who started a war... but are any of those really individual enterprises?

Alternatively, if you look at raw CO2 emissions, China Coal is by far the worst organization in the world.  I doubt it's controlled by any 1 person, but there may be some individual in the CCP who has personally done most to keep China dependent on coal.
 
2021-10-20 9:07:39 AM  
After nuclear Armageddon it will just be radroaches, some deathclaws, and Queen Elizabeth...
 
2021-10-20 9:07:44 AM  
She's old and she's a woman. That thermostat ain't goin' anyway but up.
 
2021-10-20 9:09:47 AM  
I get the hate-the-rich feel in the thread, but the upside of all the land she owns is that's a hell of a lot of conservation going on.
 
2021-10-20 9:18:26 AM  
Big old stone buildings. In Britain (some in Scotland). And you think they're *warm* inside?
 
2021-10-20 9:18:44 AM  

neongoats: An individual that might have the single largest life-time carbon footprint for 1 person is upset that the plebs aren't cleaning up her mess fast enough.


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2021-10-20 9:20:47 AM  
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2021-10-20 9:35:32 AM  
Even ignoring the obvious issue of ultra-rich people telling us to turn down the heat, then hopping on their private jets, there's a larger issue here.

There isn't actually all that much you can do consumption side. On the other hand, if you have electric heat, and that electricity came from a wind farm, then who cares how much you're using? Getting people to make small adjustments won't do much, throwing Big Coal and Big Oil out of politics, and using a renewable grid will.
 
2021-10-20 9:45:23 AM  
Look, Queenie. Joe Manchen says No, so sit down and shut up.
 
2021-10-20 9:46:20 AM  

sunsetlamp: But I wonder who _does_ have the highest carbon footprint?


Not specific to CO₂, but Thomas Midgely Jr. is often regarded as the single man most responsible for pollution. After his discovery that tetra ethyl lead reduces engine knocking, he went on to develop CFCs.
 
2021-10-20 10:10:50 AM  
Well of course she wants to tackle climate change. She realizes her Mic and Keith will have to live on this planet after the rest of us have already moved on.
 
2021-10-20 10:25:02 AM  
the Russians and french knew how to deal with royal family's!
 
2021-10-20 10:39:55 AM  
Now your fantasy of seeing Her Majesty's Headlights can come true!
 
2021-10-20 10:55:12 AM  
Entitled parasite tries to guilt people who have no control over the problem? Screw off. Why don't you get parliament to change some laws or do you only do that when it benefits you financially?
 
2021-10-20 11:23:18 AM  

guinsu: Entitled parasite tries to guilt people who have no control over the problem? Screw off. Why don't you get parliament to change some laws or do you only do that when it benefits you financially?


Not sure if serious so will just say that the royal family have no influence over government policy or proceedings at Westminster at all. Legally the queeny-poo has to give royal ascent before a bill can become law but it is fairly well understood that if a ruling monarch decides to interfere the monarchy will be dissolved pretty soon afterwards.
 
2021-10-20 11:33:01 AM  

I'm no expert but...: guinsu: Entitled parasite tries to guilt people who have no control over the problem? Screw off. Why don't you get parliament to change some laws or do you only do that when it benefits you financially?

Not sure if serious so will just say that the royal family have no influence over government policy or proceedings at Westminster at all. Legally the queeny-poo has to give royal ascent before a bill can become law but it is fairly well understood that if a ruling monarch decides to interfere the monarchy will be dissolved pretty soon afterwards.


Also, the elected government has considerable influence over the monarch's public statements.  For example, the Speech From the Throne at the State Opening of Parliament is written for the queen by the elected government and does nothing but lay out the prime minister's plans for that session.  As this reception was for business leaders attending an investment summit put on by the British government, I'm 99% sure her remarks were made at the direction of the elected government.
 
2021-10-20 1:35:27 PM  
Trust me they're down already.

As far as they can decented go with people in the house.

HMTQ has a deservèd reputation as a canny house-hold manager. She eats her Cornflakes out a plastic box so the servants can buy the cheaper brand on sale without anybody noticing, including HMTQ.

Also, the British custom is to keep palatial rooms at the suitable temperature for serving red wine, which is about 14 Celsius, not 24. The windows in palaces and castles are designed so they can be open at night for cross ventilation without the peasants crawling in and murdering everybody in their sleep. I was going to say in their beds, but these are royals and aristocrats I'm talking about. Sometimes in their own beds.
 
2021-10-20 1:38:05 PM  
For better and for worst, aristocrats and gentry live by their own rules. And their servants still boil their eggs in the water for their tea, and then have the first one or two cups themselves, leaving the nobs to drink weak tea and like it.

I have tried weak tea myself. Surprisingly tasty. A good homeopathic cup of tea is good for you.
 
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