Richard Sutcliffe / Entrance to the SEC Centre, home of the COP26 Climate Conference 2020

More Embarrassment: COP26 Luxury EVs to be Recharged Using Diesel Generators

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A shortage of coal powered EV charging points has allegedly forced COP26 organisers to deploy diesel generators, though they plan to fuel the generators using recycled chip fat.

Shock, horror! COP26 has an electric car problem

22 October 2021, 7:35pm

If absurdity were a source of renewable energy, the COP26 climate change summit might achieve its aim of saving the planet. Yesterday Mr S brought news that local lawyers are set to join rail engineers, transport operators, catering staff and refuse collectors in timing industrial action to coincide with next week’s eco-jamboree. Now Steerpike learns of a fresh crisis afflicting the UN conference: there’s not enough places to power the luxury electric cars needed to ferry delegates around the city.

Some 240 Jaguar Land Rover vehicles including its I-PACE SUVs will be laid on by the UK government to move the 120 visiting heads of state and their entourages between their hotels and the SEC venue. Unfortunately a lack of charging points means the fleet now has to be re-charged by cooking oil-powered generators. A COP26 spokesperson has confirmed that the substitute generators may have to run on hydrogenated vegetable oil – recycled cooking oil – derived from waste products. 

Compounding the problem is the lack of hotel capacity in the city which means longer energy-zapping journeys to get to the conference centre. The numbers of temporary generators provided and their locations have yet to be finalised, but there is speculation sites could include the Gleneagles Hotel, 47 miles from Glasgow.

Read more: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/electric-cars-shortage-shock-at-cop26

I only visited Glasgow once, when I missed the turnoff on the way to Edinburgh, so sadly I don’t have any detailed anecdotes about the wonders of Glasgow.

Maybe I should have given Glasgow a chance, but a Glaswegian work colleague used to tell lots of colourful and rather scary stories of doing beer deliveries to Glaswegian pubs where the tables and chairs were concreted to the floor, so patrons couldn’t pick them up and throw them at each other, or how everyone took a hatchet to the cinema, so they could wave it about while screaming abuse at the movie screen, while watching reruns of “Braveheart“, so I was a little nervous about hanging around.

No doubt a vast smoke cloud from burning chip fat recharging all the eco-friendly EVs will add to the interesting experiences which await delegates.

Note: My former Glaswegian work colleague also told me some good stories about Glasgow. Like the time some English racist thugs decided to go on an Asian stomping tour up North. The tour ended abruptly in Glasgow, when they attacked a couple of Asian looking people in the pub, and everyone else piled in and defended the Asians. What the racists didn’t realise was if you were born in Glasgow you’re a local, doesn’t matter what your skin colour is.

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Terry
October 24, 2021 10:06 am

You wish it was embarrassing. The folks attending are not ones to show or feel any shame, being after all on a mission to save us all.

Richard Page
Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 10:31 am

May not be embarrassing for the COP partygoers, but it’s likely to be a humiliating farce for the rest of us that live in the UK. Hopefully someone will see what a complete cockup BoJo’s making of even the simplest of things and remove him before he does any more damage.

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Mike Lowe
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 11:32 am

…and make sure to remove his technical adviser Miss Nutnut at the same time!

Bryan A
Reply to  Mike Lowe
October 24, 2021 12:47 pm

Campout nearby and place “Powered by DIESEL” placards all over the EV charging ports as well as the windshields of plugged in EVs during the entire event. Then, since they can be removed, stand there, like XR protesters with signs proclaiming “Diesel sourced electrons for EV recharging is Hypocritical” blocking the chargers

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
October 24, 2021 12:54 pm

Of course one could always Sabotage the Diesel Generators so they malfunction just after starting up

H B
Reply to  Bryan A
October 24, 2021 1:38 pm

sub zero temperatures will do that for you

Alba
Reply to  H B
October 26, 2021 2:10 am

Maybe, but at the moment (10am, Oct 26) it is 8 degrees C in Glasgow. And the BBC is forecasting 11 degrees C at 11am in Auchterarder. At no point during the timespan of the conference is the BBC forecasting temperatures below zero in either Glasgow or Auchterarder.

Richard Page
Reply to  Bryan A
October 24, 2021 1:39 pm

Did I forget to mention that Glasgow police are aiming to arrest 300 activists per day of the copfest? Best bet is to wait until some eco warrior wanders past, then shout loudly that you saw them try to sabotage the charging point, to the nearest police officer.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Richard Page
October 25, 2021 7:37 am
Richard Page
Reply to  Mike Lowe
October 24, 2021 2:20 pm

That’s Mrs Nutnut now!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 5:53 pm

I get the feeling she is one of these double-barrelled name types, so it would be Mrs. Nutnut-Johnson. She is a dangerous person who wields far to much influence in the halls of power.

Vuk
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 11:34 am

It looks like Putin couldn’t resist putting his ore in, sending a ‘Glasgow kiss’ to the aging ‘Gretagroupies’.
Apparently Putin said the agreement with Germany is done and dusted ( this is in no way to say that Germans have surrender to Russian) and gas will be flowing day after tomorrow as the pipeline is already pressurised and filled to its working capacity).

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Richard Page
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 12:20 pm

Having dug it up, where exactly did he put the ore? And has it been processed first?
Joking aside, I just bet Putin fast-tracked those negotiations to get them done before the copfest. He’s meant to be sending 200 delegates to COP26 – wonder how many will be Gazprom sales managers with blank contracts?

Vuk
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 2:51 pm

Natural gas comes from the ground, since it is not a fruit or vegetable, I suggest that in case of this and number of other compounds extracted from the ground, the word ‘ore’ should be equally valid regardless of being either fluids or solids. So there.

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Alba
Reply to  Richard Page
October 26, 2021 2:14 am

I wonder where all the planes bringing these people wiill land. I live under the flight path to Glasgow Airport. The planes are quite low when they go over my house. So I hope the 30,000 will be flying to some other destination than Glasgow Airport. (Which isn’t in Glasgow, BTW.)

Vuk
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 12:30 pm

Here two UK’s ex-MPs both of the left persuasion but surprisingly climate sceptics discus the COP26 Glasgow conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_J4fInzUBY&w=640&h=360%5D

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M Courtney
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 1:46 pm

It’s no surprise that people of the left are sceptical of the need to bankrupt the world in order to handle the climate changes that are less than the weather changes.

That’s not a political issue. It’s a common sense issue. Both sides should be able to think that through.

Having said that, George Galloway is not of the left. He’s an Islamist.
And Lembit Opik is not of the left. He’s a Liberal Democrat (Conservative ally).

Climate believer
Reply to  M Courtney
October 24, 2021 2:11 pm

 “It’s a common sense issue.”

Not historically a strength of the left, now unfortunately in very short supply on the right too, and they wonder why people like populists.

Streetcred
Reply to  M Courtney
October 24, 2021 3:27 pm

They’ll just “run out of other people’s money more quickly”, can’t have that !

Richard Page
Reply to  M Courtney
October 25, 2021 12:20 pm

The Lib Dems are on the left – they were supposed to be moderate leftists but they’re increasingly further left, though nowhere near the extremes of Labour. Lembit Opik, however, is a bit of an opportunistic politician – he tends to be roughly where he needs to be depending on who he’s talking to or what the subject is. George Galloway is anti-SNP first and foremost.

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Abolition Man
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 1:37 pm

Vuk,
Has Andreas Malm volunteered to led the forces attempting to sabotage the pipeline in Russia? Maybe he can follow in the footsteps of Mannerheim, leading the Swedes against Russian energy tyranny!

Streetcred
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 3:29 pm

The last time Germany crossed paths with Russia (USSR) it got its backside kicked very hard. I’d imagine that Putin would have done likewise with his gas “agreement”. Ha !

Disputin
Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 10:45 am

With our money, as well!

n.n
Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 11:07 am

They subscribe to an ethical (i.e. relativistic) religion, which is highly politically congruent (“=”). Basically, their behavior is limited only by what they can get away with by consensus (i.e. democratic/dictatorial regime) or Choice.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  n.n
October 25, 2021 2:39 am

Eh?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 12:47 pm

And meanwhile in the real world, thousands of batteries are being recalled in Australia because they might spontaneously burst into flames:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-25/electric-car-solar-battery-storage-waste-recycling/100564234

Wouldn’t that be fun in Glasgow…

TonyG
Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 1:19 pm

Exactly – you have to be capable of embarrassment to be embarrassed. These people have no shame at all, it goes right by them. They’re special, you see, so they get special rules.

Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 1:46 pm

They are on a mission to rule us all and impoverish us all. But that doesnt matter. what matters is how voters that live in something like a democracy, will view these shenanigans.
At the moment in the UK we have a combination of ‘climate-climate-climate coming from the MSM, while the blogospere is all about ecobollox and how its all a sham.

I think that COP26 may have jumped the shark.,..

LdB
Reply to  Terry
October 24, 2021 6:38 pm

That isn’t the funniest there is a running list including Jap[an flying an empty plane in a practice run to decide which airport the delegation will land at.
https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/save-the-planet-boris-by-axeing-a-farcical-summit-for-the-world-s-worst-hypocrites/ar-AAPSAxe

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whatlanguageisthis
Reply to  Terry
October 25, 2021 7:39 am

Why should they be embarrassed? They have signaled their virtue by driving an EV. You should praise their choice! It isn’t their fault that the host country is unable to provide them a suitably green supply of electrons. Maybe they should tax them more to offset the offense? As I am sure you are aware, the proper tax/fine effectively sequesters CO2 in their bank accounts, never to be released into the atmosphere.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  whatlanguageisthis
October 25, 2021 7:55 am

I hope they are only renting the 240 I-Paces as they come in at between £70,000 and £75,000 each depending on the model and can only fit two proper adult sized people in the back!

Steve Richards
October 24, 2021 10:07 am

We are not amused!

n.n
Reply to  Steve Richards
October 24, 2021 11:10 am

Yes, We are not amused, but We respect pronouns.

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Richard Page
Reply to  n.n
October 24, 2021 12:21 pm

We do?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  n.n
October 24, 2021 12:40 pm

We respect pronouns.

Does that mean you don’t take grammatical liberties with them?

MarkW
Reply to  n.n
October 24, 2021 12:57 pm

If a pronoun and an antinoun meet, do they explode?

Vuk
Reply to  MarkW
October 24, 2021 1:05 pm

No problem, In Glasgow everyone is called Jimmy and that includes women.

Iain Russell
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 5:33 pm

I recall the exact spelling is CUJimmah!

HotScot
Reply to  Vuk
October 24, 2021 11:21 pm

The wimmen are called ‘Hen’.

Abolition Man
Reply to  MarkW
October 24, 2021 1:07 pm

Yes, and that leaves lots of little nouns running around looking for a home!

Reply to  Steve Richards
October 24, 2021 2:10 pm

Need pictures of the jets at the airport…the ones burning chip fat.

Redge
Reply to  Anti_griff
October 24, 2021 11:04 pm

Even better, the ones with the charging cables attached

Mr David Guy-Johnson
October 24, 2021 10:10 am

Glasgow is actually a very pleasant city, which like all cities has places best avoided

Reply to  Mr David Guy-Johnson
October 24, 2021 10:27 am

No doubt there are lovely parts. But still – 19% of ALL homicide cases in Scotland! One of the most dangerous city in Europe…

Eva
Reply to  Dave Stephens
October 24, 2021 11:06 am

Classic stats spinning. Glasgow is the biggest most populated city so it’d be surprising if it didnt have “more” of everything!

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Richard Page
Reply to  Eva
October 24, 2021 12:27 pm

It has more rats than any other place in the UK, after having more rubbish in the streets than anywhere else in the UK (the SNP are getting it cleared just in time for copfest), it’s the fly-tipping capital of the UK, it has the highest concentration of families in fuel poverty in the UK (25%), as well as the highest use of food banks in the UK. It certainly does have more bad stuff under SNP mismanagement.

Reply to  Eva
October 24, 2021 1:47 pm

No, its only one and a half million.

Reply to  Leo Smith
October 24, 2021 3:06 pm

Leo,
The whole population of Scotland is just under 6 million.
A quarter of them live in Glasgow.
And it does have (some) decidedly pleasant parts.
And deep-fried Mars bars, too.

Auto

Ted
Reply to  auto
October 24, 2021 3:23 pm

A quarter of Scotland’s population lives in the Glasgow metro area, but only about 600,00 people, or about 10%, live in Glasgow proper. The miser rate for the city itself is about 10.4 per 100,000, so far worse than New York.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Dave Stephens
October 24, 2021 11:21 am

Glasgow has a murder rate of 5.1 per 100,000 which is a hair under New York City at 5.2, so if you don’t worry about walking around the Big Apple, Glasgow shouldn’t faze you. There are bits to avoid in each, no doubt.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 24, 2021 12:48 pm

In 2019, Baltimore recorded a homicide rate of 58.27 per 100,000.

HotScot
Reply to  Dave Stephens
October 24, 2021 11:33 am

I was a Cop in Glasgow. Homicides rarely occur outwith the drug and gangland fraternity. Pretty much like most cities really.

Richard Page
Reply to  HotScot
October 24, 2021 12:38 pm

Glasgow police are expecting extinction rebellion to show up in force so are preparing to arrest 300 activists per day, apparently!

Oldseadog
Reply to  HotScot
October 25, 2021 2:20 am

If your shoulder number was 26 and you still have it I dare you to take it to Glasgow next week and walk about with it.

Jack Black
Reply to  HotScot
October 25, 2021 3:39 am

“Thurrz been a murdir” – Jim Taggart never said it ?
25 years of Murder …

https://youtu.be/QKxzpXO-ZzU

Richard Page
Reply to  Jack Black
October 25, 2021 6:29 am

I preferred him in Bulman – him and Don Henderson had a great sparring relationship in it.

HotScot
Reply to  Jack Black
October 26, 2021 2:30 am

I worked in Maryhill and Possil Park when that series was being filmed. Never once saw a film crew.

Editor
Reply to  Mr David Guy-Johnson
October 24, 2021 11:47 am

Glasgow is a city of splendid Victorian architecture which have been cleaned, together with excellent museums.. It bears no resemblance to the grimy city of 30 years ago

tonyb

Rusty
Reply to  tonyb
October 25, 2021 2:52 am

It wasn’t grimy 30 years ago. Some parts were rough, but nowhere near as bad as the 70s and 80s.

Jack Black
Reply to  tonyb
October 25, 2021 4:26 am

Where there’s muck, there’s “brass”.

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  Mr David Guy-Johnson
October 24, 2021 11:51 am

Glasgow, city of high culture and sophistication. Meet one of the official COP26 greeters.

Vuk
Reply to  Mr David Guy-Johnson
October 24, 2021 12:57 pm

I Wish I Was In Glasgow – Billy Connolly
https://youtu.be/BDXIYFDlC38?list=RDBDXIYFDlC38

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BobM
Reply to  Mr David Guy-Johnson
October 24, 2021 2:37 pm

I’ve never been there. My Scots ancestors left Glasgow and Lanarkshire for America in the late 1840’s and 1850’s. At least one fought in the Union Army during the Civil War, in a mostly Scots regiment raised in NY City, the 79th NY Volunteers, also known as “The Highlanders”. They took the name of, but were not related to the famed Scots 79th QOH (Queen’s Own Highlanders)…

October 24, 2021 10:10 am

Ten years ago in Edinburgh I was warned not to visit Glasgow because it was too dangerous!

HotScot
Reply to  Mark Shulgasser
October 24, 2021 11:34 am

I can assure you they were talking B0ll0cks.

SxyxS
October 24, 2021 10:11 am

This renewable con can only exist in a proper way as long as it can feed off of all the other systems it is about to destroy.
Then the ugly truth will show its face.
Communism all over again.
1 week honeymoon (paid by someone else)
Gulag for the rest of your life.

n.n
Reply to  SxyxS
October 24, 2021 11:14 am

It’s a renewable, but intermittent blight, in order to obfuscate the tell-tale signs of a progressive process.

fretslider
October 24, 2021 10:16 am

It’s in the tradition of the old Ealing comedies

Farcical

SxyxS
Reply to  fretslider
October 24, 2021 11:50 am

Ealing Comedy soviet style: Kealing.

Jack Black
Reply to  fretslider
October 25, 2021 4:28 am

Kafka-esque surely?

Carlo, Monte
October 24, 2021 10:16 am

Someone did a rough calculation based on generator output and recharge times, and estimated the battery cars will get about 5 miles/gallon.

BobM
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
October 24, 2021 11:15 am

Morano needs to get this on a huge sign for the COPians and MSM to try to ignore.

HotScot
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
October 24, 2021 11:40 am

To that you can add the transportation of the generators and fuel. ‘Chip fat’ as it’s known in Glasgow also has to be collected, transported and cleaned. Nor can it be used on its own for an appreciable time, it needs to be mixed with regular diesel which has detergents etc. required to keep the engine from gumming up…..scientific term dontchaknow…..

Reply to  HotScot
October 24, 2021 1:27 pm

I thought CO2 was the villain so what difference does chip fat make?…pretending to be green makes everything OK?

HotScot
Reply to  Anti_griff
October 24, 2021 11:15 pm

They’ll claim chip fat is carbon neutral as it’s largely vegetable oil.

Jack Black
Reply to  HotScot
October 25, 2021 4:42 am

Yes but, no but, it’s still a hydrocarbon and whatbout the other chemicals used in the conversion process to make this “diesel substitute”, and where did they come from, and how did they get there to the Chip Fat conversion facility?

Here’s an idea. Why not just feed the actual chips, still dripping with fat, to the army of unemployed in Glasgow. Then make them ferry the delegates around in cycle-rickshaws, powered by Human legs which are powered by the potato chips and fat. Surely that’s genuinely “greener” than using £14 million worth of luxury “eco-vehicles” ?

Supercharge your Rickshaw – Feed the driver deep-fried Mars bars !

alastair gray
Reply to  HotScot
October 24, 2021 2:14 pm

Look on the bright side they cn make deep fried Mars Bars in the oil prior to fueling their Batshit – Daft –o-Mobiles I enclose a little grreting card for all the planet warriors in Glasgow https://www.dropbox.com/s/f8epmwd9sc0vrl8/Glasgow%20greetings.pdf?dl=0

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
October 24, 2021 2:28 pm

Ooooh that hurt, you got the obsessive compulsive going in me..

Bless Jaguar tho, they haz calculator

I put in ‘urban motorway’ mixed driving at an ambient temp of 5C and using the Air-Con to give 209 miles on a 90kWh charge

Biodiesel weighs in at 38MJ per kilo and 0.88 kg per litre
Thus one UK gallon (4.54 Litres) run throgh a genset with overall 30% efficiency will get you 13kWh of electrikery or 30.2 miles in an i-Pace

Take 10 to 15% off that for the car’s internal workings

Gotta be about what the standard motor does I’d guess and as Jag rave considerably about a low drag coefficient on this particular crate

Remind me, who is Jaguar?
Jaguar is a British luxury vehicle company owned by Tata Motors – an Indian automotive manufacturer headquartered in Mumbai

Old.George
October 24, 2021 10:20 am

That, right there, is funny. Not LOL funny, more like tee hee accompanied by a sad headshake

Robert of Texas
October 24, 2021 10:21 am

So…is oil extracted from plants using electricity from coal plants and grown using gas powered tractors and fossil-fuel derived fertilizers considered green? I wonder what the efficiency of that process is? – power concumed versus power actually stored in charged batteries..

Ron Long
Reply to  Robert of Texas
October 24, 2021 11:29 am

It’s OK, Robert, they’re going to get to Net Zero by cooking all of their food over buffalo chips.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Ron Long
October 24, 2021 12:59 pm

The thing is, it costs a fortune to collect, dry and ship the buffalo chips from Alberta.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Rory Forbes
October 24, 2021 1:15 pm

Yes, but think of the smoky flavor undertones!

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Abolition Man
October 24, 2021 2:02 pm

Mmmm … yummy!

Richard Page
October 24, 2021 10:27 am

Heh. Well, I called it about a day ago on another post here. The UK government is clueless and pretty incompetent at the best of times – this whole farce will be completely embarrassing for the UK. I would say a train wreck, except the trains aren’t running either.

Martin
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 10:49 am

Yes all we need is a couple of seriously cold days and a decent dump of snow to complete the farce

Richard Page
Reply to  Martin
October 24, 2021 11:15 am

Maybe, maybe not. What’s the bitter Sturgeon planning on doing during this cockup? Unless she’s fermenting an idea that Scotland should be given ‘developing nation’ status and some free handouts?

Drake
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 3:24 pm

Scotland is already the free handout capitol of the UK.

HotScot
Reply to  Martin
October 24, 2021 11:43 am

Snow is falling in the Grampian region (north east of Glasgow) which is anticipated to spread to the West coast by halloween. Almost unheard of since the planet began its welcome warming in the 70’s.

Editor
Reply to  HotScot
October 24, 2021 11:50 am

You will remember we had snow falling in the South In October on the day the Climate Change Act was being discussed in Parliament

SxyxS
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 11:51 am

I remember your post.

PCman999
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 1:14 pm

Unfortunately, most people will get news from COP from official government press releases filtered through pliant, ignorant and self-green-righteous leftist media, who all ‘KNOW’ in their hearts the TRUTH of their cause, irregardless of the facts that refuse to fall inline with their cultist beliefs.

Mr.
October 24, 2021 10:28 am

Glasgow CoP is truly shaping up as a return to vaudeville era theater.

The main question now though, is will they embrace blackface song & dance routines again?

Martin
Reply to  Mr.
October 24, 2021 10:50 am

Yes I think Justin Trudeau is coming to the party

Richard Page
Reply to  Martin
October 24, 2021 12:30 pm

Will he be doing a soft shoe shuffle or tap-dancing away from trouble?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 1:06 pm

Trudeau will be garbed like a Rajput prince … c/w brown-face, matching jodhpurs and marigold garlands (pure Bollywood).

Mr.
Reply to  Martin
October 24, 2021 12:37 pm

Yes. He said sorry a couple of times, so of course he’s back in favor with the political / celebrity crowd.
(But did he ever lose favor with them over this abhorrent behavior?
I never saw any evidence of such.)

Jack Black
Reply to  Mr.
October 25, 2021 4:56 am

What a pity that the late Lord Brian Rix is no longer with us. He was an English actor-manager, who produced a record-breaking sequence of long-running farces on the London stage, including Dry Rot, Simple Spymen and One for the Pot, known as “Whitehall Farces”.

He’d have made an ideal Chairman for the Glasgow COP, and might have addressed the assembled delegates with his trousers missing, having just run downstairs from a balcony, whilst pursued by some angry husband or other. After all the whole premiss is a travesty.

John Bell
October 24, 2021 10:33 am

The conference gets more ridiculous every year! It will be hilarious to see all the contradictions and hypocrisy, popcorn please!

George V
October 24, 2021 10:36 am

Some years back I had the “privilege” of following a used-vegetable-oil burning diesel Volvo station wagon on a crowded freeway. The stench of the exhaust was like the worst grungy dive burger joint on a beach boardwalk on a blistering hot, windless day, multiplied by 10.

I do hope the generators are placed upwind of the hotels and conference center, with just enough breeze to shove the exhaust into the rooms.

Richard Page
Reply to  George V
October 24, 2021 11:18 am

It’s going to get pretty damn disgusting – the smell of desperation mingled with burning rancid chip fat. I certainly don’t think Dior will be marketing a COP 26 perfume ever!

Steve Richards
October 24, 2021 10:37 am

COP FLOP 26 is alive and well

ResourceGuy
October 24, 2021 10:37 am

Clogged arteries to power generators to charge cars–typical. Where is the NHS parade at COP26?

kzb
October 24, 2021 10:37 am

Glasgow has the most extensive local rail system outside London. The venue has its own rail station. Why do they need top-end private EVs to travel? Get the bus or the train !

Or perhaps bicycles could be made available on loan. The weather forecast is miserable, single-digit temperatures (C) and rain most days. It will also be dark at about 1630, but this is the reality of life they have planned for us. They should be made to cycle to and from the venue in the dark and in the rain.

Richard Page
Reply to  kzb
October 24, 2021 11:20 am

You may or may not be aware that Glasgow is in the grip of a railworkers (and others) strike at the moment. So – no trains. So about them bicycles then?

kzb
Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 2:38 pm

All the more reason to hand them a bicycle when they get off the plane !

Mike Lowe
Reply to  kzb
October 24, 2021 11:41 am

I hope the “delegates” who have travelled furthest to COP are billeted furthest from the venue – why not, they are used to travelling. We have about 14 such green idiots going all the way from New Zealand, to achieve absolutely nothing. A bit of exercycling would do them good.

Richard Page
Reply to  Mike Lowe
October 24, 2021 12:35 pm

Most of the delegates are being housed in Edinburgh, the VIP’s at least. So a 50 min car ride or nearly 5 hours by bike. That’ll be funny to watch.

Reply to  Richard Page
October 24, 2021 1:53 pm

Especially if IrritateBritain™ glue themselves to the roads….

Richard Page
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 24, 2021 2:33 pm

Glasgow is not London. If they glue themselves to the road, the locals will have an easier time going through their pockets for valuables. Plus the roads around the venue are being closed tomorrow to fill potholes, etc. so will have a fresh tarry surface when the ecoloons arrive! Popcorn anyone?

John H
October 24, 2021 10:39 am

Ahh the smell of Deep Fried Mars Bars in the morning as the generators fumes drift by.

ResourceGuy
October 24, 2021 10:41 am

I predict the North Atlantic surface temperature chart will not be updated until after COP26. Bad news must be delayed and deferred.

Martin
October 24, 2021 10:46 am

According to UK government policy they should all be walking or cycling for their short journeys – or does this rule just apply to us plebs ?

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Martin
October 24, 2021 1:36 pm

I’d think the answer to that is self evident…

Mumbles McGuirck
October 24, 2021 10:53 am

burning chip fat recharging all the eco-friendly EVs

Like adding STP to gas in the tank, will they be adding a bottle of malt vinegar for each tank of ‘chip fat’? 😉

Jack Black
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
October 25, 2021 5:01 am

Only vinegar for the Glasgow end of the journey.
Those travelling from Edinburgh must add Brown Sauce !

October 24, 2021 10:57 am

My favourite FACT to deploy against EV zealots: What happens when you plug one in for recharging? What happens is that a FOSSIL FUEL power station increases its output, to meet the extra demand, renewables are always on max, and can’t increase their output.

Another good one is to ask the owner what happened to his/her carbon footprint when the EV was bought.

markl
October 24, 2021 10:58 am

This too will be hidden by a compliant MSM. If people knew the extent they were being mushroomed by biased media they would be outraged. Or they know and don’t care. Or they know and are outraged. But I think the majority don’t know.

Tim Spence
October 24, 2021 11:00 am

Of course it’s one or two days at the conference and ten days touring Scotland so they need a car instead of a Taxi. A Jaguar Land Rover will do nicely, but where do they recharge driving alongside Loch Ness. No they’ll hire a diesel car and do the Whisky route; Johny Walker, Cardhu, Glenfidich etc. It’s OK we’re paying.

bill Johnston
October 24, 2021 11:03 am

Just think. arising on a glorious sunshiny morning to the smell of French fries cooking.

Richard Page
Reply to  bill Johnston
October 24, 2021 12:43 pm

No french fries mate – it’s chip fat, as in chips – got sod all to do with French fries.

kzb
Reply to  bill Johnston
October 24, 2021 2:44 pm

Not many sunshiny mornings in the forecast I’m afraid. Have to make do with the smell of chips on its own.

October 24, 2021 11:03 am

This COP may actually be highly beneficial for the locals, no cancellation of large gatherings until it is over, get your weddings and funerals done quickly.

Oldseadog
Reply to  climanrecon
October 24, 2021 2:20 pm

Latest thing is there are so many road closures that GPs are cancelling medical appointments for 3 weeks ‘cos the patients won’t be able to travel to the surgeries.

Richard Page
Reply to  Oldseadog
October 25, 2021 6:34 am

Ohmigod, it’s worse than we thought!

Bruce Cobb
October 24, 2021 12:04 pm

As with most recycling schemes, recycling cooking oil makes zero sense financially, and about the only thing going for it is the feel-good, virtue-signaling aspect. It is the ultimate stupidity, and laughably hypocritical to use it to charge luxury EVs though. You really can’t make this stuff up.

bonbon
October 24, 2021 12:08 pm

As Jamie Oliver swears the very best fish and chips are done in beef tallow fat. I agree.
https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/the-perfect-chips/
Not known how the diesel generators handle such?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  bonbon
October 24, 2021 1:09 pm

A diesel can burn crude oil, when properly set up.

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
October 24, 2021 2:36 pm

No, they’ll have made sure that these are only vegetarian diesel generators – vegetable oil only, I’m afraid!

Petit_Barde
October 24, 2021 12:19 pm

Those buffoons are THE actual threat for the humanity. There is nothing left but to put them all ASAP out of the way.

John Hultquist
October 24, 2021 12:30 pm

 Instead of Council of the Parties (COP),
it ought to be
Parties of the Conferees (POC)

October 24, 2021 12:30 pm

How much more CO2 and particulate carbon are produced by burning cooking oil to generate electricity than burning gas in a regular suv?

Richard Page
Reply to  Fred Haynie
October 24, 2021 12:59 pm

Not sure. But I did just find out that half of the used cooking oil we use in fuels in the UK (thats about 224M tonnes) is imported from China, so already has a huge carbon footprint before it gets burnt. However, I did see one post by some learned gentlebeing that informed everyone that reused cooking oil was obviously carbon neutral as the ‘carbon’ had only recently been sequestered in the plants that made the oil, not laid down aeons ago in the fossil oils that made diesel. Priceless!

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Fred Haynie
October 24, 2021 1:11 pm

Ah … but the warmunists rationalize that cooking oil is natural, not pumped from the ground. Therefore it doesn’t “add” sequestered CO2.

kzb
Reply to  Fred Haynie
October 24, 2021 2:41 pm

Pretty certain it would be more efficient to use the modified cooking oil in the SUV diesel engine directly.

Richard Page
Reply to  kzb
October 25, 2021 6:37 am

With highly sensible thoughts like that, it’s clear that you will never amount to anything in this modern, postintelligence society!

October 24, 2021 12:51 pm

Takes energy from fossil fuels to produce the “bio-waste fuel.” Took energy from fossil fuels to produce the oils in the first place. Then,of course, fossil fuels to transport the generators and fuel to where it is needed.

Those, of course, are minor. The MAIN “pollution” is coming from the production of the “green” SUVs and the production and operation of the luxury airplanes.

Richard Page
Reply to  writing observer
October 25, 2021 6:39 am

Also took quite a lot of fossil fuels to transport half of it all the way from China. It’s pure virtue signalling, not an ounce of sense in the lot of ’em.

2hotel9
October 24, 2021 12:54 pm

Totally off topic for the weather watchers here. Check AccuWeather’s national snow,ice,rain radar and tell me if I am the only person seeing a 60 odd mile wide rotating circle of clouds/rain. I checked nullschool Earth winds running image and see it there, too.

2hotel9
Reply to  2hotel9
October 24, 2021 12:56 pm

nd a partial one around Amarillo, too.

Rhs
October 24, 2021 1:07 pm

Think any of the Senator’s participating in this will take their dis information to the conference:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/big-oil-attend-u-house-142857225.html
Too bad it’s likely a witch hunt with a predetermined conclusion.

GRANT
October 24, 2021 1:22 pm

If there’s anything that COVID 19 has taught me, it’s that we are generally governed by idiots and self serving grifters. Tell me how I’m wrong.

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Reply to  GRANT
October 24, 2021 3:13 pm

If there’s anything that COVID 19 has taught me, it’s that we are generally governed by idiots and self serving grifters.
As requested.

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AndyHce
Reply to  auto
October 25, 2021 10:17 pm

How can you tell them apart from the truly malevolent?

James Snook
October 24, 2021 1:28 pm

Another absurdity is that in the middle of a Covid pandemic two cruise ships have been moored on the Tyne to accommodate delegates. Delegates to the conference are exempt from having proof of vaccinations, because their attendance is apparently terribly essential if the planet is to be saved.

Quite a few won’t be round for the next one.

Oldseadog
Reply to  James Snook
October 25, 2021 2:25 am

Moored on the Clyde.

Abolition Man
October 24, 2021 1:30 pm

Eric,
We can only hope that there are lots of climate realists in the area filming this comedy of errors! It sounds like it might make for a modern Keystone Kops series; unlike the pipeline cancellation, which was a straight tragedy!

Rhs
Reply to  Abolition Man
October 24, 2021 3:27 pm

How about a Benny Hill special?

Gunga Din
October 24, 2021 1:34 pm

How many will be flying in on private jets? (or any jet for that matter)
How many EV limos are there in the world?

Here in the US, I seem to remember that Solydra wasn’t the only company that scammed the US taxpayer under Obama. There were also “bio-diesel” execs that walked away taxpayer dollars in their pockets when their companies went belly-up.

Robber
October 24, 2021 1:42 pm

Of course all the VIP jets will be fueled by recycled fat. And once there, the delegates will generate enough hot air that Glasgow will experience localised warming, and that will create wind shifts to power the Whitelee Windmills on Eaglesham Moor, just 15km from Glasgow, to provide power for the entire population, sometimes.

October 24, 2021 3:18 pm

Glasgow is actually a much more interesting city than Edinburgh thanks to the work of the architects like Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander (Greek) Thomson, splendid Victorian Architecture, and a wide range of interesting museums. It is a great shame to see the noble city associated with such a debased political exercise as COP26.

tomo
October 24, 2021 3:22 pm

There were a bunch of propane heaters hanging around that “Big White Tent” about a week ago … surely they’re not using <<<gas>>> to heat the event?

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William Haas
October 24, 2021 3:23 pm

If they were really concerned about CO2 emissions then they would all stay home in strict climate lockdown and have their meeting over the Internet. The technology to do that has been available for decades.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  William Haas
October 25, 2021 8:20 am

Yes but then only the 4000 or so actual negotiators could take part and what would the other 25,000 hangers on do spoilsport?

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michael hart
October 24, 2021 3:30 pm

As a wholly impartial Sassenach, I think that the fact that there is a dearth of hotel accommodation in Glasgow in October/November should tell you a lot about the general demand for such things: i.e. Not much.

On the other hand, I was once told by an educated Glaswegian that Edinburgh (the Capitol of Scotland) was sometimes described as a city that ought to be in England, but doesn’t deserve to be.

October 24, 2021 6:16 pm

C’mon Man! Gimme a break.
They just need to admit that Climate Change policy impacts are for us Little People.

Dennis
October 24, 2021 9:13 pm

Sometimes at world events leaders are given shirts for group photograph sessions.

What about Jimmy Hats for Glasgow?

And don’t explain it’s known as “taking the piss”.

Redge
October 24, 2021 11:01 pm

The only time I tried to walk into a Glasgow pub, I was stopped by a bouncer who asked if I had any knives, guns, bottles, screwdrivers or anything else that could be used as a weapon to maim or injure

When I said no, he said, “You better take this then, it’s a bit rough in there” whilst handed me a cosh

griff
October 25, 2021 12:31 am

This is an urban legend, isn’t it?

I see different makes of EV alleged to be involved, not corresponding to actual vehicles to be used… plus most delegates will be moved on a fleet of electric buses.

I can find no hard evidence of this.

alarmism and rumour mongering, as is all too common on Watts these days.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  griff
October 25, 2021 3:05 am

Oh Griff, sweetie, even the CAGW zealot “fact checkers” admit it’s true:
https://fullfact.org/online/COP26-Tesla-cars/

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Redge
Reply to  griff
October 25, 2021 5:12 am

Griff mate,

It’s really easy to check these things, you know. All you have to do is follow the link provided

If you don’t believe the link, post something that shows it is false, don’t just claim it’s a myth

As for alarmism on WUWT, most of the alarmism here comes from you

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
October 25, 2021 6:51 am

Well Griffy – all I had to do was input the search terms into Google and I got pages of links; the scotsman, daily mail, 5 or 6 other news sites and 2-3 fact check sites. All of which had the same information and confirmed the source material. If you can’t even find that then what the hell are you doing on here – the absolute minimum requirement is that you can check your sources as well as others. Not only are you deeply delusional and mentally ill, you’re completely and utterly incompetent as well. Go away you pathetic excuse.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  griff
October 25, 2021 8:54 am
Tony C
October 25, 2021 12:39 am

The bit about the shortage of electricity points I can agree with but the other made up stories….wow what a load of bullshit……. Thugs touring Northern England who end up in Glasgow, you obviously know nothing and like made up racist tosh….

Rusty
October 25, 2021 2:46 am

Glasgow is much tamer than it used to be and the reputation wasn’t warranted even when I lived there as a student in the early 90s. Lots of very rough places in the suburbs, but a lot of cities have that. Some are probably desired locations now (especially the waterfront).

Found the people to be friendly enough. Plenty of banter. Odd having off-licences with metal bars/grill between you and the merchandise mind you.

It’s changed massively since that time. Huge amounts of building and improvements. Unfortunately devolution happened soon after and now Glasgow is run by Labour/SNP who are as incompetent and corrupt as it gets.

People get what they vote for.

One thing I noted when I lived there was the odd black building – a reminder of the huge amount of soot that used to coat the place (and every other city).

ResourceGuy
October 25, 2021 8:52 am

It is the smell of other people’s money that binds them.

Developed nations to deliver climate fund 3 years late, hope to rebuild trust (yahoo.com)

David Stone CEng
October 25, 2021 9:47 am

I wonder if generators running on veg oil meet the Euro6 emissions standard? Of course it may even be degraded used oil from the Chip shops in Glasgow, famous for deep fried battered Mars Bars!

J N
October 25, 2021 3:34 pm

This is even more embarrassing. I’m afraid of these kind of politicians. In a world still without alternatives to fossil fuels, this lady says this https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/cop26-nicola-sturgeon-says-continued-oil-and-gas-extraction-is-wrong-3431461

Richard Page
Reply to  J N
October 25, 2021 6:18 pm

Sturgeon just allied the SNP with the Scottish Greens to keep her majority in Holyrood. The price she has to pay is giving up on Scottish oil and gas reserves; the one thing that the SNP previously admitted will keep an independent Scotland solvent (just barely). It’s early days but this could backfire and erode the SNP’s core independence supporters. It’ll be interesting to see if either Sturgeon or the SNP politically survive this alliance.

ATheoK
October 25, 2021 8:02 pm

“though they plan to fuel the generators using recycled chip fat.

hydrogenated vegetable oil – recycled cooking oil”

Indeed?
It’s been my experience that hydrogenated recycled chip fat thickens when it is really cold outside.

Sounds like lots of fun in Glasgow this year. snicker snicker.

“Glaswegian pubs where the tables and chairs were concreted to the floor, so patrons couldn’t pick them up and throw them at each other…

Now, that is a proper precautionary principle in action!

Keep in mind, that for sport, these characters throw cabers so they flip end over end while in the air, I’d sure hate to be on the receiving end of a concrete weighted chair or table.
C’mon, you know somebody will uproot one every now and then.

“or how everyone took a hatchet to the cinema, so they could wave it about while screaming abuse at the movie screen, while watching reruns of “Braveheart“

I presume their TVs also suffered some outbursts of frustration? Glasgow sounds like a good location for a television/monitor outlet.

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Nicholas
October 26, 2021 1:18 am

I’ve heard that the oil used to fry battered Mars Bar doesn’t carry the same smell as the usual Fish Shop oil.

kramer
October 31, 2021 5:08 pm

What kind of ‘gas’ mileage would you get with an EV is you charged your EV with a gallon of gas?

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