Putin, Ahmadinejad, and even the Pope are elitists in the sense that their ecological policies are harbingers of ecocide.
They belong to a meme complex that has engendered and promulgated the ecocide meme.
These three elitists are not to be confused with the environmental movement, ecologists, who trumpet the message about the slow train Ecocide that is approaching.
No, these elitists like Putin, Ahmadinejad, and the Pope actually do not really think that the notion of ecocide matters, because their world view excludes ecocide from their cognition.
In other words, ecocide does not compute with them.
The link above shows that Putin is allowing the pollution of the largest freshwater lake on earth, where 20% of the fresh and clean surface water is stored.
Not to mention that he exports more oil than any one Arab sheik oil baron.
Ahmadinejad is an oil baron who is infatuated with a mistress known as nuclear power, the dirtiest and longest lasting poison known to exist.
The Pope, whose notion of infallibility helped inspire the notion of toxins of power, is so infallible in his own mind and doctrine that whatever he says or does, including apathy toward ecocide, will all be washed away into meaninglessness when he is raptured or wafted to the heavenly realm.
The common meme to all of them is that the earth really does not matter in the greater sense.
Comprehending the reality of the notion of ecocide is not important to them, what is most important to them is them.
It is utterly clear that this planet is plagued with toxins that pervert the minds of those who are exposed to power, and that specific toxin for whatever reason, seems to be engineered to bring ecocide upon us.
One shudders to contemplate whether these toxins are local to the earth, or whether they are cosmic in scope.
Resist the toxins!