WE ARE now four days into the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protests in London. By blocking roads, rail and tube networks and generally making a nuisance of themselves, a few hundred protestors have disrupted thousands of everyday commuters and business owners (to the tune of TENS of millions of pounds) and put an enormous strain on London’s emergency services- all for the erroneous idea that our species is “heading for extinction”.
If there has been a more spectacularly ill-judged protest movement I’ve yet to witness it.
Most people today have busy lives and responsibilities. They are entitled to go about their school-run or commute without having to run a gauntlet of the unwashed dancing around like they’re at Woodstock. These protests have generated zero sympathy for their misguided cause, in fact a cursory scroll through social media will demonstrate that these middle-class virtue signallers have instead elicited a huge level of public anger.
To understand the nature of this protest, it is useful to examine the three ‘demands’ of the Extinction Rebellion Movement.
Demand 1 – Tell the truth.
Happy to do so: Man’s role in global warming is not fully understood, nor is there scientific consensus as to what that role is. Even if there were – science doesn’t work via consensus. In the 16th Century the scientific community were unified in the view that the Sun orbited the Earth. Thanks to Galileo we know that this prevailing wisdom was wrong. Climate science is an endlessly complex area of which we are only beginning to have the slightest understanding. The idea that we can use computer models to predict atmospheric temperature in 100 years’ time is a fanciful notion at best.
Demand 2 – Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions to zero by 2025.
CO2 emissions in the UK are down by more than 40% since 1990 and are at their lowest level since 1888! We could theoretically reduce our carbon emissions to zero by taking the UK back to the stone-age, only to see our reduction in emissions dwarfed by the increases in CO2 coming from China, India and the USA. We may lead the world in reducing emissions, it is just a pity that no one is following!
Demand 3 – Create and be led by a Citizens Assembly on Climate and Environmental Justice.
And here we have it. From the beginning, the climate lobby has been less about environmental protection and more about the transfer of wealth and political power. As IPCC official Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer puts it: “…one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth”. Former US senator Tim Wirth echoed this view: ‘We have got to ride the global warming issue.
Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy.’ These climate activists are easily whipped up into a frenzy by hucksters like carbon-credit salesman Al Gore and the rest of us have to pay the price of their ignorance through interminable green taxes and publically funded brainwashing campaigns.
We already have an assembly which controls policy on climate and the environment; it’s called Parliament. The idea that we need another layer of bureaucracy and a louder voice for the green lunatic fringe in government is absurd.
If these people were really sincere about their beliefs they would be protesting outside the Chinese and Indian embassies, not disrupting the lives of hardworking Britons going about their business.