From the December 2009 Idaho Observer:
On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen's biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the "summit to save the world", which opened Dec. 6, she will have 200. "We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention," she says.
Ms Jorgensen now reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen broke the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up and ordered another 42. "We didn’t have enough limos in the country to fulfill the demand," she says. "We had to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden."
The total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? "Five," says Jorgensen. "The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don't have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it's very Danish."
The airport expected up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes had to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.
As well as 15,000 delegates and officials, 5,000 journalists and 98 world leaders, the Danish capital was blessed by the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, Helena Christensen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prince Charles. A Republican US senator, Jim Inhofe, jetted in at the head of an anti-climate-change "Truth Squad." The top hotels – all fully booked at £650 a night – readied their Climate Convention menus of (no doubt sustainable) scallops, foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges.
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