Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned in a grandstand speech which set out his concerns for the future of the planet.
The heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James’s Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world. (that leaves only 96 months for the Goracle to line his pockets -ed.) And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the “age of convenience” was over.
Update: More eco-doomsday rhetoric from someone who merely thinks she’s royalty:
If the Senate doesn’t pass a bill to cut global warming, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer says, there will be dire results: droughts, floods, fires, loss of species, damage to agriculture, worsening air pollution and more.
Uh-huh. Will disease, pestilence, cats and dogs living together, Zuul and a giant Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man also result? (Hey, just speaking satire to power.)
Update: Mark Steyn uses Prince Charles’ doomsday claptrap as the jumping off point for his latest op-ed. Needless to say, read the whole thing — but hurry; we have only have ten years to save the oceans, as Ted Danson said over twenty years ago. (More not-so-final countdowns here.)