Ecologismo de apariencia

COPENHAGUE – Cuando el mes pasado el nuevo gabinete de gobierno de Dinamarca se presentó ante la reina Margarita II, el ministro de desarrollo entrante quiso dejar sentadas sus credenciales ecologistas, al llegar hasta el palacio en un diminuto vehículo eléctrico de tres ruedas. El momento fotográfico fue una demostración elocuente acerca de su compromiso con el medioambiente... pero probablemente no la que el ministro pretendía dar.

La autonomía del vehículo eléctrico de Christian Friis Bach era insuficiente para recorrer los 30 kilómetros que separan su casa del palacio. Así que el ministro puso el miniauto eléctrico en un remolque para caballos y durante tres cuartas partes del trayecto lo llevó a la rastra con su Citroën con motor a gasolina; sólo volvió a usar el miniauto cuando las cámaras de televisión estuvieron cerca. La exhibición produjo más emisiones de dióxido de carbono que si el ministro hubiera dejado en casa el auto eléctrico y el remolque y hubiera empleado un auto común y corriente para todo el recorrido.

Por desgracia, no es una anécdota aislada. En 2006, mientras el laborismo gobernaba el Reino Unido, el líder del Partido Conservador, David Cameron, llamó la atención por querer darse credenciales de ecologista yendo al trabajo en bicicleta; pero el ardid se vino abajo cuando se descubrió que su maletín viajaba detrás de él en automóvil.

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