by William Teach | May 13, 2016 7:18 am
It’s apparently the only way left to fight, per Kara Moses at the UK Guardian
Civil disobedience is the only way left to fight climate change
Right now, thousands of people are taking direct action as part of a global wave of protests against the biggest fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the world. We kicked off earlier this month by shutting down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales.
Last Sunday, around 1,000 people closed the world’s largest coal-exporting port in Newcastle, Australia and other bold actions are happening at power stations, oil refineries, pipelines and mines everywhere from the Philippines, Brazil and the US, to Nigeria, Germany and India.
This is just the start of the promised escalation after the Paris agreement, and the largest ever act of civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement. World governments may have agreed to keep warming to 1.5C, but it’s up to us to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
The funniest part of all this is the notion that quite a few of these protesters are using fossil fueled vehicles to go to the protests.
It is unjust that corporations and governments can commit crimes against the planet and society without retribution, while those fighting to prevent such crimes are punished, murdered and incarcerated. But the number of people willing to challenge this is growing. And if we really want climate justice, ;protest in the pursuit of this must be normalised; we must support rather than denounce those willing to put themselves on the line, since we all benefit from their actions. Not everyone is in a position to take civil disobedience, but we can all get behind it.
Essentially, Kara is arguing to normalize violence and destruction of property in order to fight Hotcoldwetdry. And, as Stephen points out in the Guardian comments
How about developing cost efficient renewables rather than asking people to pay 3-4* the price vs. fossi fuels?
When renewables become price effective they will soar. This paper regularly tells us how most of the country struggles to put food on their table… and yet you’re asking us all to pay huge increases in our energy bills, travel costs etc. Can’t both be right.
Look to get more funding into R&D, more tax cuts for the STEM industry, govt. subsidies, more kids into science, campaign for universities to stop closing their science courses etc.
Na…. rioting is more fun.
Well, really, you can’t expect Warmists to give up their own big carbon footprint lifestyles, can you? And when it comes to Progressivism, to quote Monty Python’s Holy Grail “Come and see the violence inherent in the system.”
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