You Stupid, Self-Important Fools

This won’t stop anything. But it is dangerous

William Essex

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Fumes rising against a black backgound
Morning! Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash

Just had to go out and rescue somebody. A neighbour’s daughter, on her own, trying to get home. She got back to the car, not her own, to find that it had two, not one, flat tyres.

I found out when my neighbour called me. My neighbour is out of town. Climate-change activists have been going around town letting down tyres on SUVs. Not one tyre, but two tyres per car.

And I hate them for it. My neighbour’s daughter is now safe. My neighbour is no longer panicking. The car, which lives on a farm, has been driven home and returned to its owner.

Meanwhile, in the UAE, 90,000+ delegates have flown in for the COP 28 climate conference. Assuming 500 delegates per aeroplane, that’s a lot of carbon emissions.

Useful information. If you use a portable plug-in air pump, you can re-inflate tyres without too much difficulty. If you plug it into the car, though, you’ll probably want to run the engine to charge the battery.

Clouds of exhaust fumes on a cold morning, and it takes a little while, but you’ll be back on the road eventually.

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William Essex

Former everything. I still write books, I still write stories. Author of The Book of Fake Futures, The Journey from Heaven, Escape Mutation.