London-based climate policy NGO, the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF), has awarded its prestigious ‘Emma’ prize for ‘The world’s greatest climate hypocrite of the year’ to Chinese president Xi Jinping.
We at the GWPF were taken aback by the huge interest in this year’s search for the World’s Greatest Climate Hypocrite of the Year, with over a hundred readers submitting nominees and to explain why their favoured green virtue signaller was a worthy winner of an “Emma” award.
Speaking of which, it was good to see Emma Thompson nominated again. We’re not sure she has been in public eye for eco-hypocrisy again in 2020, so we imagine this was simply a recognition of the sheer magnitude of her brass neck in 2019. We’re fans too!
Amusingly, another Emma tried to get in on the act for this year’s awards, with RenewableUK’s Emma Pinchbeck nominated for her confession to installing a new gas boiler.
Watchers of the green cult couldn’t get enough of Harry and Meghan this year, with their fans nominating them in the “Eco-warriers/eco-worriers” and the “Ludicrous Luvvies” categories. And David Attenborough had a great deal of support too.
It’s fair to say that competition was red hot, with nominations ranging from Lewis Hamilton (go vegan peasants!) to Ursula von der Leyen (eco-lectures from the steps of her private jet), to the Norwegian State Pension Fund (don’t ask).
But in the unanimous opinion of the judges the winners of the categories were:
Eco-warriors and Eco-worriers – Torvil and Dean, for the awe-inspiring brazenness of their trip to Alaska to tell us about the perils of global warming.
Ludicrous Luvvies – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, for their shameless demand that we should cut our carbon emissions, while swanning around the world in private jets and helicopters.
But in the unanimous opinion of the judges, it was our Preening Politician of the year who should take the overall accolade of Climate Hypocrite of the Year 2020. And who is that, we hear you ask? Well, it’s someone who does his hypocrisy on a truly global scale.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you Xi Jinping, the president of China. The General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party is a deserving winner this year for his smooth parading of “concern” for the climate while all the time building hundreds of coal-fired power stations in China and around the world as fast as he possibly can.
Congratulations to all our worthy winners. You are truly, truly shameless.
Full list of 2020 nominees
Belgian Green Parties/ Tinne Van Der Straeten
Mike Cannon Brookes
Leonardi Di Caprio
Committee on Climate Change
Global CCS Institute
Friends of the Earth
John Selwyn Gummer
Patty Hadju (Canadian Health Minister)
Matt Kean, Energy Minister (Australia)
Norwegian Government Pension Fund
Prof James Renwick
Dr Rolf Martin Schmitz