Oxford Professor: Rich People Fuel Climate Change, "We're Not Controlling Them"

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The British government owned BBC has hosted a talk from privileged Oxford Professor Danny Dorling, demanding that rich people (which includes everyone from the USA) be “controlled” for the good of the planet.

i’m Danny Dorling, I’m professor of Geography at University of Oxford, and in my very humble opinion one of the worst things about high economic inequality is it damages the environment.

High economic inequality is extremely damaging to the environment, because the greedy do not know how to control themselves.

Thomas Piketty, who is a brilliant economist from Paris, has done incredible detailed work recently, looking at the consumption and pollution patterns of the richest one percent, and he has shown that the richest one percent disproportionately contribute to greenhouse gasses and to carbon pollution which are damaging our planet.

This is because they buy so many things they do not need, because money is not an issue for them.

It’s because they have so many homes that they travel between, is because when they travel they don’t travel in a sustainable way. At the extreme they’re flying in private jets; there isn’t a better way to heat up the planet and damage our environment than to fly in a private jet and they need to learn the importance of this.

Because climate change is the biggest threat that we’re facing, and we’re partly facing it because we’re allowing the greedy people to carry on being greedy, and we’re not controlling them for the good of everyone.

Video: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/opinion-the-super-rich-are-damaging-the-environmen/p064kjgj

If you listen further the professor extends his definition of “rich” people to include poor people in America, who are rich by global standards – so pretty much everyone in the USA is part of the target group the professor believes needs to be “controlled”. Professor Dorling blames the celebrity culture for driving poor people in rich countries to spend more on extravagances, to try to keep up with the rich people.

Professor Dorling’s solution is for everywhere to somehow become more like Germany and Europe, with government enforced redistribution of income and assets. This enforced equality would create fewer aspirational super rich cultural icons to excite poor people into trying to buy expensive stuff they don’t really need.

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Jimmy Haigh
May 17, 2018 8:32 am

Even people from the USA who aren’t white?

Bryan A
Reply to  Jimmy Haigh
May 17, 2018 12:10 pm

If the average income in the US is $40,000 (£30,000) annual, and ALL the US is culpable due to income, then the same thing applies to ALL Oxford Teachers making more than £30,000 annually as well as ALL GB citizens making that much.

Reply to  Bryan A
May 17, 2018 2:23 pm

And to use Einstein’s argument, it only needs one person in the US – or other ‘rich’ country – to be shown not to be greedy (and I submit there are many) then this ludicrous argument is shown to be false.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Bryan A
May 17, 2018 3:31 pm

How come so many youngsters these days are well below the average, doing jobs that used to pay average wages (e.g. certified healthcare workers)?

Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 8:38 am

…. very humble ….

The louder he talked of his honor,
the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 9:10 am

We’re on the same wavelength. 🙂

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 9:13 am

Indeed … as a humble person he should realize that there are people in the world more qualified for his position than he is … so in all humility he should step down.

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 9:55 am

“I’m Danny Dorling, I’m professor of Geography at University of Oxford, and IN MY VERY HUMBLE OPINION one of the worst things about high economic inequality is it damages the environment.”
Not nearly humble enough, Danny boy! You apparently know less-than-nothing about climate science and are just another ignorant global warming alarmist.
In my not-so-humble opinion, you should shut-t-f-up!
Best personal regards, Allan

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 17, 2018 10:32 am

Aye, Allan!
Whenever someone declaims how “humble” they are, it is a sure thing they’re not humble, at all.
Pretentious, pompous, condescending, patronizing; everything but humble; this before considering Dorling’s desire to tyrannize people.
He should wear s sign that states “Pompous despot seeks people to tyrannize”.

John Endicott
Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 17, 2018 10:40 am

Indeed, as soon as some starts bragging about how humble they are you know that they aren’t. bragging and humble just don’t go together.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 17, 2018 10:56 am

One take on this quote is just not enough, so let’s break it down:
“I’m Danny Dorling, …
Well, hot diggity, Danny, your last name is almost spelled like “darling”, which you sure seem to be one of, to not be able to hear yourself speak anymore hypocritically than you apparently do.
I’m professor of Geography at University of Oxford, …
Whoop, de do ! Congratulations on your position of high economic status.
I can only chuckle. You, of course, Danny, will not understand why, but the readers of my comments WILL.
… one of the worst things about high economic inequality
… says the devil.
is it damages the environment.”
What’s YOUR carbon footprint, … in your position of high economic status, Danny? I bet it’s greater than mine, and so I suggest that you quit your job as professor of Geography at an Ivy League university, give up your house, go live in a MUCH lower economic status than you do now, in one of the countries where I’m sure you are aware of the overall lower economic status (since you ARE a professor of geography), and THEN stick by your words.

John Endicott
Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 17, 2018 11:29 am

well said Robert

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 17, 2018 1:44 pm

the worst thing about people who announce themselves as humble, is that they are invariably wealthy, well educated, connected and have an audience.
I’m far from financially wealthy (spiritually, immensely wealthy thanks to my family and friends), I’m ill educated, and other than for the grace and patience shown by those on WUWT, not at all well connected, and I have no audience.
I would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to this sycophant just what genuine humility is, by introducing him to some of the people in deprived areas in Glasgow I worked in as a Copper.
He targets the wealthy 1% of the population for his condemnation, yet utterly ignores the 99% who are genuinely in need of his benevolence. He somehow imagines that stripping the wealthy of their goods and chattels, and distributing them to the poor would make any more than an iota of difference. Give a man a fish and all that!
Despite my shortcomings, I have no problem taking these people on in verbal, face to face combat, and I have sent many, slinking from the battleground, bloodied and bruised.
I despise these virtue signalling liberals, comfortable in their isolated, privileged bubbles, who dispense wisdom from the pulpit of academia; the last place one should take lessons in life from.
When the war criminal Tony Blair (former UK PM) uttered his fateful words, “education, education, education” then proceeded to charge students exorbitant amounts for worthless degrees, I knew we were on a downward social spiral. And so it has proved.
But does this pompous windbag do anything about the degradation of our higher education system? No! Instead, he pontificates about the wealthy 1%, of which he is no doubt a member.
Sorry, rant over.
Signed: PissedOffHotScot!

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 17, 2018 4:14 pm

If the environment is bad in rich, developed nations like Britain and America what does it look like in countries which are ‘poor’? Last time I checked people more pre-occupied with having enough to eat for their children don’t really care about the pristine beauty they are destroying to catch dinner. Survival is our species most basic instinct, appreciation for beauty and nature generally come much further down the list.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 18, 2018 3:03 am

Hello HotScot my friend,
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
“Of all the offspring of Time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder’s welcome.”
Charles Mackay (1841)
I bought Charles Mackay’s excellent book recently for my daughter’s Science Fair project, and after more than 150 years it is still a good read. She used it to help debunk the 1972 ban on DDT, which DOUBLED the number of deaths from malaria, more than half of which are children 4 and under whose deaths peaked at almost 1 million per year – just babies for Christ’s sake – and half of these deaths were easily preventable.
With the exception of major wars and murderous leftist politics (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.) the banning of DDT in the fight against malaria was probably the most deadly error in hundreds of years – and this incredibly stupid error was made by educated people based on faulty science and a poor grasp of reality.
An even greater error, in terms of human mortality, is the global warming scam and the “phony war” against increasing atmospheric CO2. The overwhelming evidence is that increasing atmospheric CO2 will lead to improved plant and crop growth, and any resulting warming will be mild and beneficial.
Earth is significantly colder-than-optimum for humanity and the environment. Meteorologist Joe d’Aleo and I wrote this conclusion in our 2015 paper, referenced below. Twenty times more people die from cold than die from heat – about 2 million Excess Winter Deaths every year worldwide – an average of about one hundred thousand in the USA, equivalent to two 9-11’s per week for 17 weeks every year!
Even more startling is the preliminary estimate of Excess Winter Deaths in the UK – about 48,000 this winter! The UK suffered about HALF the average annual Excess Winter Deaths of the USA, but the UK has only ONE-FIFTH the USA’s population. High energy prices, or “Heat or Eat” as it is termed in the UK, is becoming a significant cause of premature deaths of the elderly and the poor. Anti-fracking groups in the UK, many of whom are phony-green Marxist fronts, have cost your country dearly in billions of lost pounds and hundreds of thousands of needlessly-shortened lives.
This is very frustrating, because some of us knew that the global warming scam was false nonsense as early as ~1985, based on the evidence available then. Since that time, the evidence against the global warming scam has grown more and more credible, and yet this multi-trillion dollar-per-year scam continues.
I (we) published in 2002 that the global warming crisis did not exist in reality, and that green energy schemes would not be adequate to replace fossil fuels. Both these statements are now proven to be correct, for anyone who objectively examines the evidence.
I suggest that anyone who continues to support global warming alarmism and schemes to abate fossil fuels is seriously deluded at best, and more correctly is guilty of crimes against humanity.
Best personal regards, Allan in Calgary
By Joseph D’Aleo and Allan MacRae, September 4, 2015

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 18, 2018 3:11 am

Addendum to my recent post, now in moderation:
Add Lysenkoism, another scientific scam that probably caused the deaths of tens of millions in the Former Soviet Union and China.
Lysenkoism (lĭ-sĕngˈkō-ĭzˌəm)►
n. A biological doctrine developed by Trofim Lysenko that maintains the possibility of inheriting environmentally acquired characteristics.

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 10:26 am

Plus +10,000, Janice!

Janice Moore
Reply to  ATheoK
May 17, 2018 5:13 pm


Reply to  Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 11:52 am

I think it was a Churchill quote…
“A man with much to be humble about”

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 17, 2018 8:01 pm

The biblical account of the Pharisee and the publican (tax collector) in the temple comes to mind. The Pharisee’s prayer is one long humblebrag about how much good he does and how he thanks God that he’s not a deplorable like the publican praying next to him.

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 18, 2018 12:59 am

SUCH UMBRAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUCH OUTRAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUCH A PREDICTABLE REACTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IN WHICH CASE…………………………………………………….GOTCHA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The “poms” are noted for their sense of humour and their eccentricity !
AND this guy is no different !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Direct from HIS WIKI………………
..”…………….[He} completed a PhD in the Visualization of Spatial Social Structure …………………………………… ……………….His favourite pastime continues to be building sandcastles on beaches. ”
AND , MIGHT I , VERY HUMBLY SUGGEST…………………..(.Shirt ! It’s contagious !! )
It seems to be quite possible that HE HAS ACTUALLY MOVED INTO ONE OF THEM

Reply to  Janice Moore
May 20, 2018 10:48 am

I wonder what his Modest Proposal is?

Juan Slayton
May 17, 2018 8:46 am

Hmmm. Wonder how he gets along with the English monarchy?
His opinion is pretty humble, all right.

Tom Halla
May 17, 2018 8:46 am

Keeping the peasants in their place is the goal of a fair number of initiatives, and to some people, all Americans are nothing but uppity peasants.

old construction worker
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 17, 2018 6:11 pm

“Keeping the peasants in their place…” Bingo, we have a winner.

May 17, 2018 8:53 am

As a one percenter who can’t control himself, he talks proudly from his prestigious podium about controlling all the others …

May 17, 2018 8:53 am

First question that comes to mind — how much do YOU make, Mr Oxford professor?

Tom in Florida
Reply to  beng135
May 17, 2018 12:05 pm

Or more to the point, where does your pay come from? Certainly not poor people.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
May 17, 2018 2:00 pm

Tom in Florida
Yes it effing well does. The poor people who struggle to pay UK university fees in any UK university are contributing to his salary by supporting the higher education system, not just the privileged few that can get into Oxford.
Head teachers in publicly funded secondary schools are known to be paid anywhere between £250K and £400K a year, for running an effing school!
Sorry, you touched a nerve.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Tom in Florida
May 17, 2018 2:43 pm

I understand your point but it is too broad. It is the elite who fund Oxford directly and those are who pay his salary. I wonder if they want to be controlled as he suggests.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
May 18, 2018 5:49 am

My “pay” comes from my long, hard-worked job-earnings. Where does your come from?

Reply to  Tom in Florida
May 18, 2018 11:32 am

beng135, that’s how you earn your pay. The pay itself comes from the owner of the company you work for.

Pat Frank
May 17, 2018 8:56 am

The EU is filthy with rich elites, who manage to keep all their money while distributing the taxes provided by the middle class.

May 17, 2018 8:58 am

Large amounts of CO2 are down to equality not inequality. If almost everyone was poor and only a few could have a decent life then CO2 would be way down. How do these sorts of idiots get so far in their career?

May 17, 2018 9:08 am

Well here it is right out in the open – the “Global Warming” movement is really about imposing communism on the world. Remember when they would say anyone who said that must be crazy?

Malcolm Carter
Reply to  wws
May 17, 2018 11:30 am

It sounds more like a glorious return to feudalism where the commoners know their place or will be forced into it.

Steve Zell
May 17, 2018 9:11 am

Mr. Darling Dorling needs to get his math straight. The United States has about 5 percent of the world’s population, so even if there was nobody outside the USA in the top 1% wealthiest people, only 20% of Americans would be in the top 1%. How many of you AGW skeptics out there own a private jet? I don’t!!!

Dodgy Geezer
May 17, 2018 9:13 am

…Professor Dorling’s solution is for everywhere to somehow become more like Germany and Europe, with government enforced redistribution of income and assets. …
Germany is cram-packed with very rich Euro-Elites, who have done very nicely out of the Euro being underpriced on the World Markets – thus allowing them to export high-quality German engineering at rock-bottom prices…

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
May 17, 2018 9:47 am

He leaves out Germany is totally failing it’s own emission controls. It has already admitted it will miss it’s 2020 targets and has scrapped them. The 55 percent of 1990 targets for 2030 stands but no-one has any real idea how they are going to achieve it.
The money shot graphics of German GHG emissions iscomment image?itok=-Y-xcb52
So while green eco lunatics think Germany has done a great job because of it’s power generation reductions most other sectors have increased removing the gains.

Dodgy Geezer
Reply to  LdB
May 17, 2018 10:56 am

..He leaves out Germany is totally failing it’s own emission controls…..
The rich Germans, and, indeed , Professor Dorling, don’t care about that. Emissions targets are for little unimportant people….

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  LdB
May 17, 2018 8:39 pm

I wonder how much of the decrease in the German industry emissions was because of companies leaving Germany because of the high energy prices.?

Reply to  LdB
May 17, 2018 10:49 pm

The reality is much of that heavy CO2 intensive stuff just got moved to China, so your right. Taicang is a town where many of the German industries have congregated.

May 17, 2018 9:26 am

Another liberal who believes he’s psychic.
“This is because they buy so many things they do not need, because money is not an issue for them.”
How does he know what people need? Just because he doesn’t “need something” is not evidence that others don’t.
I’ve never met anyone for whom money is not an issue. No matter how rich they may appear to me.

Eustace Cranch
Reply to  MarkW
May 17, 2018 11:10 am

In what free society is anyone required to prove they “need” something they want to have?
The contempt the Left seems to have for freedom is frightening.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Eustace Cranch
May 17, 2018 3:35 pm

What’s more frightening is that they are entrenched in our institutions like the imperial forces at Iwo Jima.

Reply to  MarkW
May 17, 2018 12:37 pm

MarkW Yes but he’s a Professor. He knows what is right and true and good. It is for our own benefit that we listen to him.
PS Blessed are the Cheese Makers.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  tim
May 17, 2018 3:43 pm

Blessed are the Cheese Makers, for they are inherently dearth dearth…

Pop Piasa
Reply to  tim
May 17, 2018 3:46 pm

Oops, dearth edit made redundant words. Dreadfully embarrassing.

Reply to  tim
May 17, 2018 4:30 pm

Blessed are the Cheese Makers for they will cut it.

Reply to  MarkW
May 17, 2018 2:07 pm

Agreed. The people I have found most careful with their money are the wealthy.
I am privileged to know one of the wealthiest me in the UK. We used to meet for coffee occasionally. Guess who always, somehow, ended up buying the coffee. The clue is, it wasn’t him.

Reply to  MarkW
May 18, 2018 2:42 am

At least his subject is Geography, not Economics. Who does he thinks is employed making all the stuff we don’t need? And if we redistribute it, the people who get the money will spend it on stuff too.
So how does that reduce consumption?

John Garrett
May 17, 2018 9:29 am

“Is it hot in the rolling mill? Are the hours long? Is $15 a day not enough? Then escape is very easy. Simply throw up your job, spit on your hands, and write another Rosenkavalier.”
-H. L. Mencken

May 17, 2018 9:35 am

My dearest danny darling
Here is some information that may console you.

Gordon Clarke (Clarkegg)
May 17, 2018 9:37 am

I always thought that Ayn Rand was exaggerating until I read Professor Dorling! Another example of “creeping logicalism”.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Gordon Clarke (Clarkegg)
May 17, 2018 4:53 pm

The logic of a despot, bent on controlling the masses from high in the ivory tower.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
May 17, 2018 4:55 pm

Let’s hope the BBC aired it at 3am.

May 17, 2018 9:39 am

He quotes Germany as being an example to us all – Germany has a significantly higher CO2 footprint than the UK and hasn’t reduced its emissions in almost a decade. Many of the super rich from the poorer countries in the World are living in the US or the UK, so much for their frugality. The inequality disatisfaction western people feel is down to better communication of our differences, not the differences themselves. People in a democracy feel that they can improve their lot, whereas people from less free parts of the World know that they have to make the best of a bad lot. However they now believe there is a chance for them – hence mass migration. It turns out that they’re not satisfied at all.

Andy Wilkins
May 17, 2018 9:41 am

Why doesn’t someone tell the conceited little turd to f*ck off?

May 17, 2018 9:42 am

Geography used to be about rivers, mountains and such like, now it is about (from the link in the article):
Much of Danny’s work is available open access (see http://www.dannydorling.org). With a group of colleagues he helped create the website http://www.worldmapper.org which shows who has most and least in the world. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty. His recent books include, co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the way we live and Bankrupt Britain: An atlas of social change.
i.e. politics by proxy.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  climanrecon
May 17, 2018 11:47 am

Geography used to be about rivers, …
” Strabo was a Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian. ”
Modern academic geography has fractured into as many parts as there are gas molecules in a cow fart.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
May 19, 2018 12:10 pm

Amen. National Geographic Magazine covers anything under the sun. Every issue I ask myself, “What does this have to do with geography?!?!”

May 17, 2018 9:44 am

I think he misses the other side of the coin:
“High economic inequality is extremely damaging to the environment, because the greedy do not know how to control themselves.”
…and because the disadvantaged are so busy trying to survive the day they do not have the luxury of choice.

Reply to  MJB
May 17, 2018 1:16 pm

Some of the most horrible and systematic enviromental damage I’ve seen was in China, USSR, Cuba, Venezuela…all ruled by communists. Although when I think of it, the upper party ranks do live much better than the average comrade.

Reply to  MJB
May 17, 2018 2:20 pm

Brilliantly put.
I notice he doesn’t mention the 200,000,000 people anticipated to die prematurely by 2050 from smoke inhalation because they don’t have cheap electricity from fossil fuel power stations.
But that’s OK, because he doesn’t have to associate with them.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  HotScot
May 17, 2018 5:13 pm

You’d think this fellow with his Posthole Digger degree would realize that global affluence for all is the ultimate solution to overpopulation. I think young Danny needs to spend some time off-campus among the folks he proxies into convenient statistical compartments. He badly needs to educate himself on both sides of the issues he pontificates about.

Reply to  MJB
May 18, 2018 2:44 am

I love the way he substitutes “greedy” for “wealthy”.
If it were that simple, then we can solve poverty easily – just get the poor to be greedy. Then they become rich apparently.

Reply to  Phoenix44
May 18, 2018 11:34 am

For many people, greedy is defined as having more than I do.

Ian Magness
May 17, 2018 9:46 am

This sad speech comes as no surprise. Both the politicisation of Britain’s universities (great and small) in general, and the move of political geographers into the climate debate seem to be recurring themes these days.
Consider this as a simple example: the Geography function at one of Britain’s very oldest and (perhaps previously) respected learning institutions – Glasgow University – has been combined with the Earth Sciences department to form the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences.
The Deputy Head of School is one Professor Jo Sharp. She lists her professional interests via this link: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/staff/joannesharp/#/researchinterests, which starts off with the following gem of a statement: “I am a political, cultural and feminist geographer with particular research interests in postcolonialism and critical geopolitics.”
I have no doubt that Professor Sharp’s work is of the very highest quality. How, precisely this qualifies her to administer an Earth Sciences faculty is, I am afraid, beyond me.
I will repeat, ad infinitum, that the AGW argument started as a scientific one, and it must end that way. The political activists (whether doubling up as geographers or not) should leave the climate science stage, not be encouraged.

Reply to  Ian Magness
May 17, 2018 2:32 pm

Ian Magness
As a student of postcolonialism, I wonder if she supported the work of Bruce Gilley, Department of Political Science, Portland State University, on his work “The case for colonialism.”
I understand the paper was peer reviewed and due for publication, except that the magazine editor and his family received death threats if it was published, so Gilley withdrew it.
I also wonder if this is now the future of academic publishing.
I suspect I have one of the few copies of this paper in circulation.

Hugh Mannnity
Reply to  HotScot
May 21, 2018 9:55 am

I’d be very interested in reading that paper.

Reply to  HotScot
May 21, 2018 11:34 am

I would love to get it to you but no idea how.
All I can give you is the information printed on the report:
The case for colonialism
Bruce Gilley
To cite this article: Bruce Gilley (2017): The case for colonialism, Third World Quarterly, DOI:
To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1369037
Published online: 08 Sep 2017
Perhaps it can be found in an archive somewhere.
Hope it helps.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Ian Magness
May 17, 2018 6:57 pm

Yet the political and climate venues are the best means of global exposure. If one wishes to be a contemporary world influence, those are the ideal arenas in this world gone bonkers. I suppose that recipients of the global media limelight will continue to become more and more bizarre in their ideologies.

May 17, 2018 9:49 am

more of the Paul Ehrlich lie, dressed up like lipstick on a pig. Ehrlich's bs is nearly 50 years old, stale, and still flat out wrong.
This derivative twit is just boring and predictable.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  hunter
May 17, 2018 7:19 pm

Hey, Ehrlich still makes money off of his doom mongering. Whatever the market will bear, I guess.
Being the Bing professor at Stanford, I must assume that he operates “The Machine That Goes BING!” on that campus:

Hoyt Clagwell
May 17, 2018 9:55 am

“Thomas Piketty, who is a brilliant economist from Paris, has done incredible detailed work recently, looking at the consumption and pollution patterns of the richest one percent,“
‘Incredible’ being the correct word in the most literal sense.
It seems to me that the wealthy do the best at controlling their procreation, which helps limit the number of people potentially contributing to climate change.

P Walker
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
May 17, 2018 12:48 pm

Indeed. I was under the impression that Piketty’s work had lost all credibility years ago.

Reply to  P Walker
May 17, 2018 1:19 pm

It did. Nowadays Picketty is recognized as a leftist economist.

Reply to  P Walker
May 18, 2018 2:46 am

Yes his central claim has been debunked. The Times Rich List, just published in the UK shows he is wrong too.

May 17, 2018 10:00 am

If inequality is so dangerous to climate change, faux left academic virtue signallers should live on the local minimum wage, stop drinking wine, stop smoking weed and never go on holiday. Ever.

David Chappell
Reply to  Eric Coo
May 17, 2018 11:37 am

Or going to conferences.

Ed Zuiderwijk
May 17, 2018 10:05 am

If this nincompoop ever gets in a position controlling me he will find that I will have got myself a gun.

Stephen Skinner
May 17, 2018 10:23 am

“High economic inequality is extremely damaging to the environment, because the greedy do not know how to control themselves.”
A TRASH-CHOKED estero in the slums of Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.comment image

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
May 17, 2018 11:53 am

” trash choked ”
The USA is banning plastic straws and single-use plastic bags, so all is well.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
May 17, 2018 3:01 pm

Indeed John

May 17, 2018 10:27 am

. Oh, the danger of swallowing socialism whilst sitting in a palace!

Joel O’Bryan
May 17, 2018 10:29 am

The Professor betrays his socialism and his envy with a desire that all share an equal economic misery. He is only reaffirming that Churchill was indeed correct:
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
– Winston Churchill

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
May 17, 2018 10:33 am

I should have read your post first before posting mine!

John Endicott
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
May 17, 2018 10:48 am

Wise words from Winnie.

Reply to  John Endicott
May 17, 2018 2:37 pm

John Endicott
A pity our current PM has never taken the time to read them.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  John Endicott
May 17, 2018 7:36 pm

Perhaps read but ignored, thanks to progressive programming and the need for total political correctness.

May 17, 2018 10:32 am

Liberals, except for those like Mr. Dorling, want us to share misery equally

May 17, 2018 10:49 am

This mullet is just tagging along on the heels of prior ecochondriacs —
“One America burdens the earth much more than 
twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say. 
In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say,
but it’s just as bad not to say it.”
- Jacques Cousteau,
UNESCO Courier
“The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.” – Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defence Fund
Thomas J. Friedman in 2010 while visiting Taiwan said. “I’m gonna tell you a secret. Don’t let anybody else know,” he said. “There are too many Americans in the world today.”

Reply to  deguello13
May 17, 2018 2:48 pm

It is estimated the 200,000,000 (yes, two hundred million) people in developing countries will die prematurely by 2050 because they have no access to cheap electricity, instead the have to burn wood and dung indoors for heating and cooking, and the smoke kills them.
That’s only 30 years to kill off the combined populations of the UK, France and Germany (roughly).
Americans have done nothing wrong other than work hard and defend what they have worked hard for. Europeans are little different, as are wealthy Asian and Middle Eastern nations.
What would this moron be saying were it his country destined for extermination?

Reply to  deguello13
May 18, 2018 1:03 pm

Earth has survived ice ages, volcanic eruptions, asteroid bombardments, floods, erosion, climate change, mass extinctions and who knows what for billions of years but now it’s suddenly threatened? If anything, Earth can’t survive Mother Nature.

Jim Roth
May 17, 2018 10:52 am

He’s just being honest about what his global warming scam is all about. It’s actually refreshing to see it plains stated.

Thomas Graney
May 17, 2018 11:10 am

This is just envy dressed up as a social cause; envy, otherwise known as one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Reply to  Thomas Graney
May 19, 2018 12:17 pm

Well said.
‘High economic inequality is extremely damaging
‘we’re allowing the greedy people to carry on being greedy, and we’re not controlling them for the good of everyone.’
“Attack the rich!” Cos reasons.

May 17, 2018 11:24 am

Ivy tower boob culture continues to amaze with the increasing vapidity and astounding cluelessness of their statements. That’s the comedic part.
The depressing part is that a significant minority of the population as well as a sympathetic press continue to show respect and deference to these nincompoops.

May 17, 2018 11:32 am

Piketty = Pique Tout!!!! (translation: take it all!)

Andrew Cooke
May 17, 2018 11:47 am

Dear Danny Dorling,
This is an open letter to you. I highly doubt you would ever read this, but life is like that some times.
I have read and listened to your refreshingly straight forward comments and find myself curious. I too believe that some people need to be controlled before they damage the rest of society. I find that you and I think alike, although the individuals being controlled probably differ dramatically.
See, for the good of society, I feel that Oxford Professors should be controlled. Your every step, your every thought, when you use the restroom, and how much you sleep should all be controlled. You must be forced to do as I think is proper for the good of the rest of society.
What, you don’t like that idea. I’m shocked. You promote it for others, why should you not also be willing to make the sacrifice yourself. Truly, I just assumed that since you…..well, never mind.
You sir, are a frightful bore, just as are all the power mad, ivory tower, clueless, elitist simpletons who hold your view of the world. You, of course, are allowed to believe what you wish, but once you start expressing a desire to control others through force I believe you should be identified for what you are…a special kind of evil.
May the lice of a thousand scab covered hyenas infest your underarms.
Andrew Cooke

May 17, 2018 11:50 am

Piketty’s study of inequality was based on a poor interpretation of US income levels. Inequality is much lower than he claims.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Russ Nelson (@russnelson)
May 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Joel Snider
May 17, 2018 12:12 pm

I love these foreheads with no practical skills whatsoever who seem to think they should be running everything – especially after choosing to hide in academia their entire .

May 17, 2018 12:52 pm

It reads like it was written by a ten year old.

May 17, 2018 12:52 pm

Only rich people care about the environment – poor people care about tomorrows lunch!
The biggest improvements in the environment all happen in developed countries once they reach a threshold of adequate living standards and can afford to care. This is the history of the world and anyone who has studied geography really should know that.

J Mac
May 17, 2018 1:06 pm

Numpty nattering nabob of nincompoopy……..

May 17, 2018 1:19 pm

The bbc has never been owned by the British govt. it operates under a royal charter. The licence fee is set by the uk gov but the BBC is fiercely independent. It is run by annoying liberals but many of its programmes are exceptionally good and have nothing to do wth climate change.
Some do of course and when they get on their high horse they can be insufferable.

Reply to  climatereason
May 17, 2018 3:13 pm

You know full well the BBC had its wings severely clipped by the British Government over the WMD controversy and the suicide of Dr David Kelly.
The BBC was always the stealth mouthpiece of the British Government. It’s fierce independence was always subject to mutual back scratching. Now, it’s subject to a foot on the throat.
“Once incorporated by Royal Charter, amendments to the Charter and by-laws require government approval.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_charter#United_Kingdom (as much as I hate to use the vile wikipedia).
Not so independent of government influence then.

Reply to  HotScot
May 17, 2018 5:10 pm

None of which gets away from the fact that it is NOT owned by the govt or that it is stuffed full of liberals.

Reply to  climatereason
May 18, 2018 12:44 am

It’s worse, it’s owned by the public, and run by the government.

Reply to  HotScot
May 18, 2018 3:49 am

Hot Scot
I caught some trailers that there will be some (no doubt preachy) daily programmes on climate change on radio4 at 9.45am next week (or it could have been this week ) I will check the i-player and see.

May 17, 2018 1:35 pm

It is not far from such philosophy and thinking to sending people to re-education (concentration) camps, out to the farms in the country and even to the gas chambers. Most of the major attempts at socialism have ended up just that way. Remember that Nazism, Fascism, was National Socialism.

Peter Morris
May 17, 2018 1:58 pm

Hey Danny,
‘Member that time the Germans wanted to tell everyone what to do through military force?
‘Cuz I do, and I fail to see any difference between that Germany and the current one, except they’ve traded guns for weaponized science and bureaucracy.
I can’t believe the once proud British have surrendered their will to their longstanding rivals over an imaginary problem.

Reply to  Peter Morris
May 17, 2018 3:14 pm

Peter Morris
Not all of us mate.

May 17, 2018 2:06 pm

Rich David Suzuki be “controlled ” ? The great Virtue Signaler? No chance .
The next targets of mass genocide will be the poor and frail . Help them on their way policies like fuel poverty .
Human of course .

May 17, 2018 3:09 pm

This man is as dangerous as Lenin when the Germans shipped him to Saint Petersburg on April 16, 1917 to topple democracy in Russia.

May 17, 2018 3:16 pm

Watermelon geography. Sir Halford Mackinder is rolling in his grave.

Robert Wykoff
May 17, 2018 3:46 pm

I have been to 49 states, and I have been to 36 countries mostly third world. I will say straight up that poor countries could give a f&$^% less about the environment except (sometimes) in areas that cater to white virtue signaling tourists. With the exception of democrat controlled controlled ghettos in the US and a few places like southern Arkansas, the US and most of europe are the cleanest placest on earth. Half of China is so Toxic it makes 1970s New Jersey and the Cuyahoga River of Ohio look like a Evian bottling source

Reply to  Robert Wykoff
May 19, 2018 4:40 pm

Reminds me . . . I had a pickup golf game a few years ago with a man whose wife is Chinese. She rode along with him in his cart and took so many pictures that I thought about contacting the government.
What amazed me was that she took pictures of the sky. Wut? The man explained to me that she had never seen blue sky. She was amazed by it.

Patrick MJD
May 17, 2018 5:32 pm

“Oxford Professor: Rich People…”
Yes, he falls in to that category. Arrogant with it too.

Pamela Gray
May 17, 2018 6:22 pm

Ah. You mean Gore and the left coast of California. Multiple homes. Private jets. Multiple garage bays. Homes of the rich and famous. Those folks? Okay! Now you’re talking. I will help you tar and feather them! DeCaprio goes first.

Pop Piasa
May 17, 2018 7:48 pm

For governments to control the rich, they must take ownership of the corporations, no?

Alan Tomalty
May 17, 2018 8:52 pm

I will say just 1 word “Communist”

Bob in Castlemaine
May 17, 2018 9:43 pm

I’d say the Professor has every reason feel humble about his opinions?

Martin A
May 18, 2018 12:37 am

Oxford University Professor Compensation (YMMV)
GRADE A20 Professor
Revised 1 August 2017, implemented 24 August 2017
A20 4
£67827 £8198 £12209 £88234

[Note £1.00 = $1.35]

May 18, 2018 2:13 am

Professor Dorling is a clear example of the decrepit state of academia. The ability to build a rational and consistent argument is beyond them. Instead they rely on glib generalizations, shallow rhetoric and name calling threats. A thoroughly pusillanimous lot. A pox on them all!

May 18, 2018 2:17 am

And he is given a free pass in that no one ever questions his lifestyle, do they?

Gary Ashe
May 18, 2018 6:33 am

Since when has Geography been a science, He is a post-modern ”Professor” Your very humble Marxist type.

May 18, 2018 6:59 am

” … to excite poor people into trying to buy expensive stuff they don’t really need.”
You could just ban the selling of advertising space and acheive the same thing.

May 18, 2018 5:13 pm

The biggest threat to the environment isn’t capitalism. It’s poverty. Poor people don’t care about their impact upon the environment. People only came to appreciate their impact upon the environment after they had climbed far up the Maslow curve and all all of their practical comfort needs had been met. For example, you won’t find a lot of people worried about their carbon footprints in Venezuela these days.

May 19, 2018 4:48 pm

Only once a society has become rich do they care about the environment. Then they become decadent, and put “The Environment” above people, and attack things that their very lives depend on.
Worst case: Malé, Maldives. Absolutely dependent on fossil fuels for their food and their income. Yet they are front row in pushing the MMGW agenda. The worst thing that could happen to the Leftists is for them to win. It will kill them.

Reply to  Gamecock
May 21, 2018 12:30 pm

You aren’t alone in observing that the economy of the Maldives is completely dominated by tourism. Tourism is the only reason that the vast majority of people who live there get to live there and have anything above a stone-age standard of living.
The tourists who bring their money to support the economy of the Maldives have to travel thousands of miles, usually by jet aircraft burning vast amounts of CO2-emitting fossil fuels. And then, most take fossil-fueled-powered boats the final miles to their dive locations for their precious few hours of under-water time. For those who are fortunate enough to already live there, their CO2 impact isn’t any better. Nearly everything they need to survive, including food and fuel is brought via aircraft or by diesel or oil-powered shipping.
If the residents of the Maldives honestly believe that CO2 is solely responsible for ultimately sinking their islands, then I think they have the moral obligation to act accordingly. This means giving up the tourist trade, reverting back to a sustainable stone-age existence, or just leaving altogether. Demanding that the rest of the world pay them money on top of what they earn from tourism just so that they can continue with their unsustainable carbon-subsidized lifestyle unabated is simply self-serving, hypocritical and absurd. And shame on the rest of the world for falling for this.
This is a prime example of the scam that is “carbon shaming”.

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