UN bureaucrats chow down on burgers – while attacking meat

Reporting right from Madrid, where climate hypocrisy was alive and well at COP-25

Craig Rucker

They came for your car, your light bulb, your dishwasher and washing machine, your toilet, your electricity, your airline flight and so much more. Now you can add your burger and steak to their list of what they want to legislate, regulate or confiscate out of your existence. YOUR existence. Not theirs.

The global warming agenda is the gift that keeps on giving for everyone who wants to control what you do. Dangerous manmade climate change justifies all manner of meddling, in the name of saving the planet. And like the mafia, UN cops want a piece of the action whenever money and power are on the line.

Anti-meat crusaders have been pushing hard in recent months to use climate change to achieve their goal of forcing you into an all plant-based diet. This year their rhetoric became a big part of the dialogue at UN 25th Conference of the Parties (COP-25) on climate change, in Madrid.

They’ve introduced a new buzzword you’ll be hearing a lot of, “peak meat” – as in “peak oil,” or something that we’re going to run out of really soon … not because we’re actually going to run out, but because government policies will make it off limits and drive it into oblivion. As CFACT’s team learned – as usual – it’s do as I say, not as I do.

So ban meat, it is, especially beef. But what do you suppose was the big seller for anyone looking for lunch at the UN climate conference? Burger King! Delicious all-meat American burgers, with not a single one of Burger King’s latest meatless Whoppers in sight.

CFACT met with climate delegates as they lined up for juicy burgers and shot a fun video investigation that you’ll enjoy almost as much as a juicy red steak. Our team of reporters included “Benny the Bull,” who was none too amused at UN hypocrites feasting on his friends at the COP. You can watch Benny in action here.

Harrison Ford, who is a pilot in real life as well as in Star Wars, keeps a fleet of private aircraft for his personal amusement.  Ford bragged not long ago that he’s “so passionate about flying” that he would often hop in one of his planes and “fly up the coast for a cheeseburger.”

It’s got to be fun to be an idle, rich movie star living off residuals, and thinking nothing of spending hefty sums of cash on aviation gas just to get a burger, or fly to more distant destinations.

So when Ford showed up at the UN COP, CFACT’s Marc Morano asked him about his cheeseburger flightsand Ford countered that he’s “now a vegetarian.” That’s nice. But we’d still like to know how Ford got to Madrid for COP-25, where he and his UN friends lecture and hector us lesser mortals about how we should live “more sustainably.” We’ll wager our family cars and humble appliances that the Hollywood star continues to live a high-carbon, high-consumption, luxury lifestyle that would keep scores of Americans or entire African villages in lighting and refrigeration for years.

Oh well. It’s for us little people to tighten our belts. Our high-flying climate masters need their perks if they are to have the energy and fully functioning brain cells to decide how the rest of us should live.

CFACT’s investigation into UN burger hypocrisy made a splash in the media and was picked up by Fox News, The Washington Times and more.

In the end, though, COP-25 delegates were far more successful at scoring a burger than in advancing the Paris Climate Accord. In fact, left-wing protesters became so incensed when the climate talks stalled that over 200 of them, including the kids from Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” staged a protest where they banged on pots and chanted outside the main plenary session. UN security guards tossed them all out of the COP.  (At least it wasn’t us CFACT folks getting tossed out this time).

Our burger scoop and the rest of our action-rich agenda were all officially submitted to and permitted by our UN minders, who get to decide whose educational programs and antics are allowed, and whose get banned. Recall that last year, the UN permitted hecklers to disrupt the official US climate delegation’s presentation – while those of us who tried to object to the rude hecklers were told we would be thrown out if we said another word.

Why is the UN having a hard time advancing the global warming ball? One name – Donald J. Trump and his plans to pull America out of the Paris Climate Accord. It’s no fun making plans to spend $100 billion per year on Green Climate Fund anything-but-fossil-fuels projects when you can’t leach off the world’s biggest economy.

The European bloc did announce plans for 28 nations to go “carbon neutral” by mid-century. But it had planned to announce this “big news” before COP-25 started. During the COP, its delegates sheepishly had to admit that Poland refused to go along.

Polish coal is cheap, plentiful and reliable. And the last thing the Poles want is to be dependent on Russian energy. They’ve met the Russians before. They also aren’t too keen on adopting Germany’s anti-coal and gas policies. They’ve got experience with that country too and have seen how its policies are hammering Germany’s automotive and other energy-intensive industries and jobs. The Poles are smart.

COP-25 followed the usual script and went into overtime, the double overtime, because there was so much dithering and bickering during the regulation period.

In the end, the UN announced “big victories,” which are nothing of the sort. In fact, aside from waxing poetic about its agreement on a “gender action plan” (whatever that is), they had little more to announce than plans for yet another big COP event next year.

Among themselves and under their collective breath, they were also hoping COP-26 won’t have to be rescheduled to another city at the last minute, when the first venue suddenly erupts in violent protests against energy policies imposed in the name of preventing “catastrophic manmade climate change.” It was mighty embarrassing for the UN when that happened in Chile a few weeks before COP-25.

Ultimately, COP 25 was an embarrassing failure for the United Nations, and a blessing for everyone who isn’t lining up at the crony UN-corporatist-activist-scientist trough for more mandates and subsidies. In the end, the UN couldn’t even advance its expanded “rule book” or agree to a newfangled “international carbon market” for buying and selling carbon indulgences, so that folks like Harrison Ford can claim they bought “carbon offsets” for their flights and big companies can do their own “greeenwashing.”

If UN Secretary General (and former President of the Socialist International) António Guterres was “disappointed” that “the international community” lacks sufficient ambition “to tackle the climate crisis,” the rest of humanity should be grateful we still have fossil fuels to support our jobs and living standards.

What’s actually going on at this year’s UN climate talks is a wait-and-see game geared toward next November’s US elections. After watching Britain give the Tory party its biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher amid the Madrid talks, and observing moves now afoot to pull Britain out of the EU once and for all, the UN crowd can see that government by global bureaucracy is under threat.

The UN is plenty scared. That’s a nice thought going into this festive holiday season.

Craig Rucker is executive director of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)


Benny the Bull interviews anti-meet delegates to COP-25

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Pat Frank
December 16, 2019 6:11 pm

Vege-vegan-anti-meat-climateers: peak meathead.

Reply to  Pat Frank
December 17, 2019 9:12 am

WDGE? What did Greta Eat?

Reply to  Mark
December 18, 2019 1:15 am

A train seat, apparently.

December 16, 2019 6:17 pm

Harrison ford a vegetarian? Well OK Then, I am a Vegetarian also; I only eat animals that are herbivores.

The fact that Harrison Ford owns a fleet of CO2 spewing aircraft is not seen as hypocritical by the interviewer.

Go (CO2) figure.

steve case
Reply to  Richmond
December 16, 2019 7:13 pm

Mr. Harrison Ford landed on a taxi way at a Class C airport KSNA and
the FAA decides to opt out of punishment. If you or I did that we’d have our pilots license revoked in a New York minute.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  steve case
December 16, 2019 7:43 pm

Maybe, maybe not on the license revocation.
FAA simply requiring a recert of the biennial check with a check pilot would probably be what most private pilots would get if it was an honest mistake. At 77yo, Mr Ford doesn’t have many years of Class 3 medical “pass” remaining in him — issues of vision, hearing, EKG, etc.

Luke Skywalker
Reply to  steve case
December 26, 2019 6:09 am

Cut the Star War’s star some slack if you were the pilot of the Millennium Falcon you can land anywhere you want. Besides have you ever seen John Wayne airport before it looks like a galaxy far far away.

Reply to  Richmond
December 17, 2019 7:06 am

Think of the energy burned by the Millenium Falcon alone.

Jeff in Calgary
Reply to  Richmond
December 17, 2019 7:52 am

Richmond, shame on you. One of God’s greatest miracles is creating an animal that eats garbage and makes bacon. Not partaking in his miracle is lacking in gratitude.

Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
December 17, 2019 12:22 pm

Well, I guess I can eat a few omnivores also. I will go find some of that funny round bacon you guys invented.

December 16, 2019 6:25 pm

One should be careful around those fake-meat burgers:

“Allergic to peanuts? How eating a vegan burger brimming with fake meat and containing pea protein could kill you”


Reply to  PaulH
December 17, 2019 6:09 am

reports of dogs developing cardiomyopathy from being fed the grainfree overpriced crap in a bag using peaflour as the protien source booster
wonder how many people will too?

meanwhile downunder the Vegan Rising so called charity…has been disallowed charity status and another similar mob too
claiming their charity is a “health grounded” cause deserving taxbreaks isnt washing;-)

Reply to  PaulH
December 17, 2019 10:57 am

It’s OK. One less human in the planet is fine for those who want to “save the planet” from … us.

Joel O'Bryan
December 16, 2019 6:31 pm


Very well written. Nice easy to read. You pulled no punches about what the UNFCCC COP process is about — money and power, all while the West’s middle class gets it up the proverbial wahzoo by design. And the Elites and uber rich like the fake Han Solo and his HollyWood pals can get their fly-in cheeseburgers.

As an aside someone should put out a paparazzi bounty for a photo of Mr Solo digging into a steak in 2020.

December 16, 2019 6:37 pm

“They also aren’t too keen on adopting Germany’s anti-coal and gas policies. They’ve got experience with that country too”

We have a winner of the WUWT Understatement of the Year Award.

What’s happening with the $29 Billion shortfall at the UN, or did they lie about that too?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  philincalifornia
December 16, 2019 8:05 pm

The Poles are more than “smart” on the climate scam.
The Germans are also smart, but not are lacking in wisdom.
The Poles are wise, taught by a century of being torn-part and mass murdered by their smart neighbors.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 17, 2019 4:06 am

The Germans are also smart, but are lacking in wisdom.

Reply to  philincalifornia
December 16, 2019 11:17 pm

The US paid 563 million U.S. dollars for UN dues on 1st December to get them out of a hole and kick the can down the road until next year.

Reply to  philincalifornia
December 16, 2019 11:27 pm

phil if you ever wondered how your UN dues are calculated the here it is

China is going to be the interesting case it is at 12% and rising so we are all waiting for the we are poor card to be played.

michael hart
Reply to  philincalifornia
December 17, 2019 8:04 am

Upon accession to the EU, Poland was told by France and Germany that they weren’t allowed automatic right of work in those countries. They were welcomed by the UK and as a result we got all the best ones. But now we get called nasty names for voting that we, not Angela Merkel, should decide our immigration policy out side of the EU.

Nicholas McGinley
December 16, 2019 6:53 pm

So now he only flies up the coast for a salad?
I think we need to get some paparazzi’s to follow him around and see if he is fibbing.
Did Marc happen to notice any flames coming from Harrison’s lower body region?

December 16, 2019 7:00 pm

“ Benny the Bull interviews anti-meet delegates to COP-25”

Is this a play on words or did he mean “meat?”

December 16, 2019 7:03 pm

Gore’s investments are all in fake food now, so it’s unsurprising that they’re attempting to ruin farmers just like they ruined coal and want to ruin fracking. America’s unionized manufacturing workers need to understand that if Democrats win the election next their they’re next. Quit listening to wannabe Democrats who run your union. They’ll do anything to get their government jobs while you’re poor.

Len Werner
December 16, 2019 7:12 pm

As a geologist, I’ve spent many hours in, and paying for, a De Havilland Beaver, one of Harrison Ford’s pride and joys–not the one he inadvertently landed on a taxiway. (I’ve been a pilot too since 1978–and I’ve never done that despite landing many times at similar airports.)

A Beaver doing work burns about a barrel of avgas an hour. That’s pretty expensive even for a veggieburger.

Now I’m not criticizing Ford for flying; I do it too, have owned an aircraft since 1979, and have bought some very expensive cups of coffee. But I didn’t go to COP25 and tell everyone else to cut back; I’d have gone to the Heartland meeting and begged them to burn more. Atmospheric CO2 is dangerously low.

Incidentally, if you’d like to hear how Mr. Ford does without a script–it makes interesting listening. He’s about as good as Greta! I understand that this audio is embarrassing to Harrison Ford–but as it was he who went to COP25 to lecture and hector, it is only fair that everyone know just who is lecturing them.


I’ll still criticize a couple of his landings though.

December 16, 2019 7:19 pm

Wow, a failure to be in touch with reality. Of the total land area of or planet of 149 million sq. Km. only 11 million is cropland while more than double that at 28 million is considered pasture/herd lands. Another 12 million is bush, 39 million is forest and jungle, about 1.5 million is within city limits, but some cities are less than half urban development. Animal husbandry is the best way to economically utilize those 28 million Sq. Km., unless humans possibly take a liking to boiled grass. And the other half of the land area of the planet is rock, desert, and ice.

December 16, 2019 7:50 pm

Climate bigotry… sanctimonious hypocrisy. Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, politically congruent religion.

December 16, 2019 8:56 pm

“In the end, the UN couldn’t even advance its expanded “rule book” or agree to a newfangled “international carbon market” for buying and selling carbon indulgences, so that folks like Harrison Ford can claim they bought “carbon offsets” for their flights”

We should try to look on the bright side.
Maybe he plans on benevolently showering carbon offsets on grateful towns, during his flights.

David Hartley
Reply to  PaulinaUS
December 16, 2019 9:39 pm

The obscenity of those able to buy indulgences and forgiveness from bent and corrupt Church officials was one of the cornerstones of the Reformation.

The more you listen to them the more their claptrap sounds like a Middle Ages Christian Millennial hysteria. It’s not a new religion it’s the old hysteria’s in a different uniform.

David Hartley
December 16, 2019 9:33 pm

For you sufferers here’s your anti-Greta serum for today. We can hope for more young students like this….can’t we?


Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  David Hartley
December 17, 2019 5:19 am

Thanks David.

However, it would be nice if we on WUWT write the title of the videos we link to.
Like in this case:
Unstoppable Solar Cycles – Full Video

David Hartley
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
December 17, 2019 7:36 am

Good point and taken.

December 17, 2019 2:17 am

It has become clear that what we need in this era of climate change are small, transportable, autonomous factories that can efficiently convert much human-inedible plant matter into human-edible protein.

Naturally, such factories would need state-of-the-art waste recycling and it would be more cost-efficient if they were self-reproducing.

Sound far-fetched? Well, the technology is already available.

It’s called ‘cattle’.

Reply to  Gumnut
December 17, 2019 7:19 am

Thanks, Gunmut. Also –

While the scientists are also trying to figure out a way to convert atmospheric CO2 into some other form, it would be awesome if we had some simple, inexpensive, autonomous factories that could convert CO2 into a solid, locked-up form in any environment.

Sounds far-fetched? Well the technology is already available. It is called “plant life.”

December 17, 2019 2:28 am

“Fridays for Future” staged a protest where they banged on pots and chanted outside the main plenary session. UN security guards tossed them all out of the COP.


December 17, 2019 3:24 am

I haven’t had my breakfast or morning coffee yet. This post made me hungry.

Time for an open sandwich of leftover pasta sauce loaded with beef, pork and chicken. Mmmmmm.

See ya

December 17, 2019 3:49 am

The UN is plenty scared. – article

It’s about cotton-pickin’ time, too!!! Not another cent to those leeches – NADA, NOTHING, RIEN, НИЧЕГО ТАКОГО (NICHEGO TAKOGO)!!!

Cut off the cash and this nonsense will die away. I have absolutely ZERO guilt about having chicken for dinner along with all the other stuff that I like.

Next time this happens, someone needs to make sure those pompous twits get soyburgers disguised as beef instead of the real thing.

I think it was Henry II who forbade felling any tress in his forests. Since deadfalls aren’t plentiful and twigs and branches don’t last long in a fireplace, that meant that the peasants literally had no way to keep warm, never mind cook anything. But why would he care about that? He was The King!!

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Sara
December 17, 2019 7:10 am

Was that what created the Robin Hood legend, and was the Sharif Of Nottingham the forerunner of United Nations? – Not very good at history, sorry.

December 17, 2019 9:25 am

Cows With Guns
He was a scrawny calf who looked rather woozy. No one suspected he was packing an Uzi.

Not Chicken Little
December 17, 2019 12:12 pm

Every time I think that surely we must have reached “peak stupidity”, the warmistas or the DemocRATS or some other leftists show me that there is still a vast, previously untapped reservoir of negative intelligence out there that we have only scratched the surface of…I can only imagine the shape we’d be in if all their harebrained schemes and control “solutions” had really been put in place.

Cutting off the cash to the wackos is probably the best way to stop them – how in the he11 do they ever get the cash in the first place?

December 17, 2019 5:21 pm

I couldn’t get the video to play.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
December 17, 2019 5:44 pm

And they came for your vacuum cleaner too. Don’t forget that one.

Michael Carter
December 17, 2019 6:19 pm

A grand business opportunity here:

Made with the finest beans and onions
Comes with free biodegradable collection bag to prime your biogas cooker

December 18, 2019 3:18 am

the COPs are not an environmental movement. The COPs are perhaps called for by environmentalists but the delegates will be mainly people trying to limit the effect of environmentalists on their economics whilst pretending to be environmentalist. E.g. USA attended Cops but in no way could their reasons be construed as environmentalist.

December 18, 2019 12:48 pm

If we eat too many plants, that means we will be destroying one of the things that consume CO2……..what will we do

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