Greenpeace defaces Mount Rushmore

More civil disobedience and vandalism along the thinking of Dr. James Hansen of NASA GISS, who advocates such things.

From Ecorazzi and Treehugger

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Greenpeace took a unique approach today and sent several climbers up Mt. Rushmore in the middle of the night to deploy a giant 75lb sixty-five feet high by thirty-five feet wide banner calling for Climate Action. Featuring an unfinished portrait of the President, it read “America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming.” The demonstration came as President Obama meets other G8 leaders in l’Aquila, Italy today to discuss the global warming crisis in the lead-up to UN climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen this December.

The banner managed to stay up on Mt. Rushmore for about an hour before being cut at around 1:17 PM est. Greenpeace was quick to point out that they respect American monuments and the banner was not installed in any way detrimental to the carvings on Mt. Rushmore. For more information, jump to the official Greenpeace posting on the event here.

via Treehugger

[UPDATENewsweek's The Gaggle blog says it has learned: "That a team of 12 experienced climbers prepped conspicuously for months planning for different scenarios to ensure the action could be completed safely. The group also promised there would be no damage to the actual monument, which is solid granite. And all involved planned to spend several weeks behind bars."]

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106 thoughts on “Greenpeace defaces Mount Rushmore

  1. Maybe they and the president should look at the global warming that has already stopped.

  2. I remember seeing Mt Rushmore as a kid. Is there enough room for our current leader? If green peace is really about plants and life, they will love the new carbon concentration numbers. 1,000 ppm for my oak trees is like honey for bears.

  3. And all involved planned to spend several weeks behind bars…May I suggest a padded room instead?

  4. Does Greenpeace not realize that these sort of antics serve no purpose other than to display their own childishness ? They turned me off when I was in college – thirty years ago . As far as I can tell , these twits have made nothing but noise and (unfortunately) money . They have accomplished very little , beyond annoying grownups .

  5. hmm………

    Leaders –> dictatorship

    Politicians –> democratically elected

    It figures.

  6. They should be made examples of and spend several years behind bars or this will become SOP for them. Sooner or later some monument will be damaged.

  7. Can we get these people to chain themselves to Al Gore’s SUV or around the utility pole at his mansion instead?
    Thanks
    Ed

  8. “Stop Global Warming.” ? ? ?

    Didn’t these sharp knives get the memo? It is “Climate Change”.

    How are we ever going to promote the Great Scam if the sacrificial moon bats we get to carry out “Promotional Operations” can’t even keep current with the latest plot line.

    Somebody need to get with the program.

  9. I disagree with everything Greenpeace believes. It’s too bad they don’t accept the scientific facts which disprove AGW. However I admire their moxie in completing such a stunt.

  10. Had they covered the face of dishonest Abe, Greenpeace might have gained a little respect in my eyes.

  11. What happened to the diversity of topics that used to be on WUWT? Review of the archives reveals topics on power conservation, wine, snowflake structure, green flashes… now it seems mostly politics and related science.

  12. Mark, P Walker, you don’t understand. It’s all about them. It’s not about convincing anyone, it’s about feeling good about themselves. We are just props in their psychodrama.

    Lee Harris recalls similar behavior back in the 60’s:
    “… Instead, he took his part in order to confirm his ideological fantasy of marching on the right side of history, of feeling himself among the elect few who stood with the angels of historical inevitability. Thus, when he lay down in front of hapless commuters on the bridges over the Potomac, he had no interest in changing the minds of these commuters, no concern over whether they became angry at the protesters or not. They were there merely as props, as so many supernumeraries in his private psychodrama. The protest for him was not politics, but theater; and the significance of his role lay not in the political ends his actions might achieve, but rather in their symbolic value as ritual. In short, he was acting out a fantasy.”

  13. I wonder which President will say “Global Warming has stopped” and get all the headlines. Oh, it won’t be this President, as he obviously tries to stay out of the headlines.

  14. Comedy Gold.

    When it comes to defacing federal landmarks, it’s hard to tell what’s terrorism and what’s civil disobedience. What’s the next step in calling attention to their pet cause of the moment? In 20 years time, will they reverse their standpoint, like they reportedly have on the use of nuclear power?

  15. “The demonstration came as President Obama meets other G8 leaders in l’Aquila, Italy today to discuss the global warming crisis in the lead-up to UN climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen this December.”

    Perhaps Berlusconi will be able to tell Obama about the Roman Warm optimum that helped the western Roman empire to thrive and the climate cooling that helped to finish them off, and the renewed warmth that gave the eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire such a good start.

    When they go to Copenhagen I’m sure they’ll take the opportunity to go to the Danish Protectorate of Greenland where they can continue the lesson by showing the results of the warmth that the Vikings enjoyed in the MWP and perhaps to keep the Roman/Danish theme going they can tie that in with the trading visits of the Vikings to Constatinople during the Byzantime empire that were curtailed when the sea lanes around Greenland iced up again.

    Once Obama knows about all that it will all be over by Christmas and we can return to sanity.

    Tonyb

  16. Anyone else suspect that their attorneys are already prepping Mr. Hansen for his next appearance as a character witness?

  17. Greenpeace seems to be a group of people “with a cause.” It matter not that the present cause is a total SCAM, but only a cause. The Global Average Temperatures has actually decreased by 3/4 of one degree centigrade over the past 10 years. At that rate some scientists are concerned that another Ice Age may occurr. Yeah, we’ve heard that one before during the early 70’s. No one can predict what the weather will be next month, but too many “experts” know what the planet will be like in 10 years!

  18. Defacing a national monument, even temporarily, is not “moxie”. It’s hooliganism. It is entirely inappropriate and indefensible.

  19. “Greenpeace defaces Mount Rushmore”

    That’s ok… those are dead guys anyway… what did they do again? What’s the US Constitution for again?

  20. All that ingenuity and planning, I just wish these lads would expend their energies on something more tangible, Hell yes! save the Planet, but save the whale, the Orangutan, save the forests but unproven intangibles? Save your breath lads.

    AND

    Stop being so political, I could identify with you once but not now, your have a hidden agenda, and it is not what you originally set out to accomplish, similarly so the WWF. Politics is money!

  21. Greenpeace are run by knuckleheads who don’t have a clue about climate science.

  22. I hope Teddy Roosevelt gave them a rough ride.

    Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln might admire their daring, but all would find them under-educated, closed-minded, and lacking in wisdom.

  23. So this group spent months wasting carbon to do this. If the cap was in effect, could these conspirators be fined three times the price of months of their carbon intake and exhaust?

  24. “That a team of 12 experienced climbers prepped conspicuously for months planning for different scenarios to ensure the action could be completed safely”

    What a waste of energy, time and resources to plan such an “event” that lasted all of a couple of hours. Here I am, like millions of Americans, thankfully working but also worrying about our political and economic futures and these nuts spend “months” planning this meaningless and dishonest event? And someone is feeding them? It’s a great scam if you can get away with it. It reminds me of my children when they were young and contrarian. This act might be considered juvenile and pathetic if their intended outcome didn’t have such serious ramifications for all of us.

  25. There’s really nothing “green” about them. They should be referred to as “Redpeace”.

  26. Read about Patrick Moore, a founder of Greenpeace, to know what Greenpeace has become…

    He calls it “pop-environmentalism” that uses misinformation, fear and sensationalism to deal with people on the emotional level rather than intellectual level. Greenpeace has abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.

    Also, he said the environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries. I think it’s legitimate for me to call them anti-human.

  27. Sunfighter (11:33:02) :

    Where is the french to sink some of their boats when you need them.

    A lot of French people reads WUWT and wait to be help by the American people to save the European nations from the AGW scam. Your are the very foundation of the democracy ! Please remember Lafayette !

  28. TonyB (12:58:59)

    Once Obama knows about all that it will all be over by Christmas and we can return to sanity.

    This might be possible if there was the slightest bit of evidence that Obama and the people that shepherded him to power have the least bit of interest in the actual facts of this phony crisis. If you delve beneath the surface of the Obama campaign, the financial crisis, and AGW crisis, like a string of B-movies from Republic Studios in the Forties, the same cast of actors appears over and over. Their confidence in the grip on power they now hold is so great that they no longer see any danger in revealing publicly that their intent all along was to use these manufactured “crises” to inflict on the world their agenda, which they long ago realized had no possibility of being accepted, absent a population dithering about in third stage panic. Thus we have seen Mr. Emmanuel and others spouting off about how they “can’t let this crisis go to waste”

  29. Bob Buchanan (12:12:12) :

    “I disagree with everything Greenpeace believes. It’s too bad they don’t accept the scientific facts which disprove AGW. However I admire their moxie in completing such a stunt”.

    Well Bob, it would be nice if they used their skills and talents to stop the Chinese from eating shark fin soup.

    I hate to see those environmental movements beefing up evil political schemes.

    Now they collaborate to steel the freedom and the jobs from the same people who made them big with their donations in the first place.

    People should know that if they donate money to an environmental organization, it will be used against them.

    It won’t help the sharks.

  30. The G8 may be good news. If the temperatures decline, they can say that capping carbon is unnecessary. It gives them the perfect out.

  31. I don’t know how anyone could spend months planning this. Anyone with basic rappelling skills could descend to the top of the monument and pull off this stunt. It certainly wouldn’t require months of preparation. Maybe an evening spent looking at photos to determine the size of sign and best placement, and then a quick trip to WalMart for some granola bars. Good grief.

  32. LarryD ,
    Exactly . Obnoxious , self absorbed , self rightous nitwits . I was exposed to these types during the anti-war protests in the early seventies , while in high school . I have taken a dim view of most causes ever since . Someone once said that all great causes end up as rackets , and we’re seeing that now – just look at who is lining up at the cap and trade trough .

  33. Dan Gibson ,
    The politicians are in it now , and making mainly misguided decisions . We can’t ignore them and time’s awastin’ .

  34. Please support Greenpeace. They saved the whales and we will soon need all that whale oil we can get to find our way to bed if Algore gets his way!

  35. Sorry, friends, this is not an example of “defacing”… there was no damage whatsoever. It was a little like sky-writing… which I actually take a little more umbrage at, unless the message is “I love you, Junie Moon”….

    The REAL offense is trying to equate a true environmentalist like Roosevelt with… well, fill in your favorite name here. On the other hand, if I were visiting Mt. Rushmore and had to have my one and only snapshot in front of the monument with that [snip!] as a backdrop….. “Gee, Grand-pop-pop was a hero of the environmentalist movement! I never knew…”

  36. What is the law? Defacing a national monument, even for a short time, must, should, be some kind of felony, no? I’d like to see them behind bars for at least a couple of years. Then see how Greenpeace’s experienced climbers like their atrophied muscles and Greenpeace’s leaders like the emphatic “no” to infantile temper tantrums on the part of adults. At least they might think twice next time.

  37. evanmjones (14:21:27) : The G8 may be good news. If the temperatures decline, they can say that capping carbon is unnecessary. It gives them the perfect out.

    “An optimist, better cut him out of the herd and kill him quick, before the rest get spooked.”

  38. At this point, “green” is becoming a “dirty word” to me because of the damage the “green movement” indirectly does to our planet by wasting limited resources on non-problems like AGW.

  39. evanmjones (14:21:27) :
    The G8 may be good news. If the temperatures decline, they can say that capping carbon is unnecessary. It gives them the perfect out.

    I suspect a more likely scenario is that when warming fails to materialize, we will be faced with a barrage of public pronouncements declaring the success of all the governmental efforts in averting the climate crisis, even if the enacted programs haven’t had time or even the possibility to affect what is occurring in the climate. We had a preview of what we can expect in Obama’s recent assertion that the Stimupalooza Bill was responsible for recent improvements in the economy, even though almost none of it has actually been spent yet and the St Louis Fed was projecting an end to the recession for late this year at about the same time the Congress was voting to enact it, without taking time to actually read it, be cause the need for it was so dire. If this reminds you of the conduct they’ve displayed in ramrodding the Waxman Markey Act through you’re beginning to get the picture.

  40. Alan F

    Apparently you get the equivalent of 92 barrels of oil from a bowhead whale and they can deliver themselves to the oil refinery :)

    Tonyb

  41. [snip]

    Self centered little snots, they think they can save the earth.

    The earth can shake us off like a bad cold, ask Mt T-Rex, Oh wait you cant because hes DEAD!

    Ted

  42. One of the climbers is quoted as saying “We can not afford for him (Obama) to get it wrong!” I would like to ask this climber which has been more ‘unaffordable’ over the last 100 years: the undetectable problems resulting from the ‘unprecidented’ climate change of the 20th Century, or the tens of millions of corpses and trillions in damage resulting from politicians, noble causes and draconian laws?

    Leaving out the world wars and all the misery imposed by communism, we still have the ‘outlawing’ of DDT for no good reason and the resulting tens of millions of innocent deaths. Just this one example of altruistic, eco-decision making has caused more damage than 100 years of ‘unprecedented’ climate change! Add in all the other ‘wonderful’ decisions and…

    The real threat to us all is politics run amock.

  43. We had lots of run-ins with these zealots in the Pacific when I was in the Navy. They’d spread around pamphlets in the ports we visited detailing our ship’s nuclear power and nuclear weapons even though it was apparent that we had neither (although we could neither confirm nor deny…).
    When we pulled into Sydney (beautiful harbor) there were fights breaking out on the pier between pro-US Aussies (God bless ‘em) and the anti-US forces of Greenpeace. A lifetime of dandelions and granola doesn’t prepare one for that kind of activity and those kids certainly paid a higher price for their zealotry than the ones at Rushmore will.

  44. Actually, the banner is more comic relief than defacement. This is the kind of thing that once photographed, becomes the embarrassment of a high school annual photo in later years. I say to Greenpeace, take more pictures of it and put it in a scrap book. It will amuse your grandchildren to no end. Much ado about nothing and makes for a good laugh over a beer. By the way, Save the Ales.

  45. You know I went to have a look at George Monbiot’s recent blog article and then there’s all these stunts and it’s starting to get depressing that people feel the need to hype and court controversy when they could put more effort into keeping calm and being more composed. I think Al Gore’s film took the wheels off the AGW train so much so that ‘new physics’ is being invented. I went to the BBC website and looked at the Environment section. It has a nice flash animation showing how CO2 heats up the atmosphere by absorbing and re-emitting IR radiation. Uh? A free molecule neither gains or loses energy by absorption or emission of quanta. Someone needs to tell them this and that the atmosphere is predominantly heated and controlled by convection and water vapour processes e.g. clouds, lapse rate. An effect CO2 may have is heating the surface by radiative means; but the strength (forcing) of this is still in debate. And then there’s coupling with convective processes to take account of what effect this has.
    It just boggles the mind with this idiocracy..actually no now I think of it this is just another example of Newtonian thinking. Linear trends = More CO2 = More warming. The models say so. The universe is an elegant but knowable machine. No worries then in the fact that the models cannot describe one of the most dominant energy distribution processes on the planet (ENSO). Linear trends are the truth. Linear trends are the future. Society has just not got the gumption to get over the direct cause and effect, I see it therefore it must be caused by that, philosophy. And hence Lincoln gets a ranting face cloth which doesn’t even have a picture of him on it. It looks like George Washington.

  46. Why can’t they just pay for TV advertising like everyone else?
    Tightwads.

    Greenpeas have always been a bit slow on the uptake. Though I admire their anti whaling efforts.

  47. I wonder what the “carbon footprint” of the sign factory that made that monster is?

  48. Dan Gibson (12:49:00) :
    What happened to the diversity of topics that used to be on WUWT? Review of the archives reveals topics on power conservation, wine, snowflake structure, green flashes… now it seems mostly politics and related science.

    The reason is doubtless because the politics of ‘global warming’ have come to a head, both in the USA, with this fanatical administration racing to get its Tax and Trade ‘climate bill’ passed, and the EPA declaring carbon dioxide a ‘pollutant'; and in the rest of the Western world, with one group after another issuing dire warnings in the runup to a ‘new Kyoto’ in Copenhagen. Climate realists would be remiss if they did not seek to lance these horrible boils before they burst and cover us all with their ideological and tyrannical pus.

    Ideally, these crazed ideologues will miraculously come to their senses:

    TonyB (12:58:59) :
    . . . Perhaps Berlusconi will be able to tell Obama about the Roman Warm optimum that helped the western Roman empire to thrive and the climate cooling that helped to finish them off, and the renewed warmth that gave the eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire such a good start.

    [and perhaps] . . . they can tie that in with the trading visits of the Vikings to Constatinople during the Byzantime empire that were curtailed when the sea lanes around Greenland iced up again.

    Once Obama knows about all that it will all be over by Christmas and we can return to sanity.

    Unfortunately, between true belief in the evils of ‘climate change’, and the ulterior motive of controlling the economies of the West, I fear that our only hope lies in turning the bastards out, and that means holding their feet to the electoral fire—and that means educating the public.

    This website is doing yeoman service in that noble cause. When the battle is won, we can go back to baking cookies and admiring sunsets.

    /Mr Lynn

  49. I am no fan of Greenpeace, but even I don’t call this vandalism. A trespassing PR stunt, perhaps….

  50. @ Pamela Gray (15:39:48) :

    ” . . . I say to Greenpeace, take more pictures of it and put it in a scrap book. It will amuse your grandchildren to no end. Much ado about nothing and makes for a good laugh over a beer. By the way, Save the Ales.”

    Thank you for that, Pamela. I wanted to use some very [snip] -able language, but your take on this is much better for my blood pressure.

  51. “defaces”?!? [snip] It’s just a banner that got quickly removed. No damage done. Get over yourselves.

  52. No damage done? How do you know? How did they attach this heavy banner? Did they use scotch tape, or did they weight it down, or did they hammer something into the rock?

  53. Why can’t some enterprising yuts climb atop

    702 H St NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20001

    and append a banner reading “Greenpeace: communist nutcases reside in this building”? Fair’s fair.

  54. Feedback to the greenpeace article had 7 comments. 1 applauded the stunt, 4 were critical of the stunt, 1 was critical of a commenter, and 1 critical of the AGW science.

    Seems like they don’t even get much support on their own web page article. Things that make you go hmmmm…

  55. Its a shame too. There are REAL environmental issues facing us. But they are thrown under the rickety AGW bus.

    And Greenpeace….just like the ACLU…are controlled by a few super-radicals that make NO logical sense.

    They go overboard and ruin their platform by scaring away legitimate reasonable supporters.

    **** ‘em!

    Let the real environmentalist people free of leftist (or rightist) political agenda….band together.

    The Earth deserves it…and appreciates it.

    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  56. +2C. That ought to do it for the next 300 years at the present 100 yr rate.
    500 years if you count in the present cooling.
    Didn’t anyone bother to tell them to closely examine Inconvenitent Truth?
    See the Ice Age graphs?
    They fall to the bottom like rocks in the Grand Canyon. They rise like the Great Plains on the way to the Rockies.
    Takes forever to get there.

  57. savethesharks (20:52:52) :

    There sure are a load of real environmental issues, all of which will get shelved in favor ot Tax & Spill.

  58. Why do they call themselves “Greenpeace”? Their fight against CO2 makes little for the “green” thing (photosinthesis, chlorofile). Their acts of civil desobedience, ships assaults, sabotages, etc also have little to do with “peace”. They should be rather called “medievalist warriors”, or something like that.

  59. If Greenpeacr defaced the monument by attaching a banner, what did the monument do to the mountain?

    Ridiculous overreaction here.

  60. My two cents… I’ve read this story before coming here and seeing it posted, and according to that report, they used “anchors already in place to post the banner”.

    Now, I don’t know what the laws are for climing Mt Rushmore without permission, but if they were arrested on the grounds of vandalizing a national monument, damages should, provided this is still the USA, be proven before arrests and other charges are made. This is not how it was handled.

    I don’t support the green religion, but to arrest on the mere basis of a beleif, on which no damages are yet proven from this particular action… Well, that means they can sue on the basis of having had their civil rights violated, doesn’t it?

    If so, bad call. And people wonder why green groups can stay so funded as they are so that they never go away. If ther are no damages… they have ammo. Oh and btw… didn’t they just promote that liberal-biased judge to the Supreme Court, who among other things is a greenie? Yeah. Way to go South Dakota and the Parks Dept!

  61. Smokey (06:10:35) : “Benjamin, the fact that they were trespassing was sufficient cause for an arrest.”

    Thats what I thought, but the stories I read about it (three thus far) are saying vandalism or at least making it out to be that charge. Media bias, perhaps. But tresspasing… Okay, works for me! :-)

  62. One can only hope that they are incarcerated until they can no longer climb mountains or until the whole AGW hysteria is over.

    No, Jim Hansen will jet in to testify for them; if he’s not too busy having his opinions suppressed.

    How much carbon did their little exercise and the Greenpeace website burn?

  63. This should read America honors expanisionist leaders who wholesale slaughter american indians so they can give rise to groups who needlessly whine about things they disagree with.

  64. Dan Gibson (05:32:38) :

    “If Greenpeacr defaced the monument by attaching a banner, what did the monument do to the mountain?

    Ridiculous overreaction here.”

    No, a ridiculous comparison. Not everything is considered “defacing”.

    But Greenpeace did deface the Monument, as surely as grafitti does, apparent in the picture above.
    **********************

    Benjamin (05:52:50) :

    “My two cents… I’ve read this story before coming here and seeing it posted, and according to that report, they used “anchors already in place to post the banner”.”

    “Now, I don’t know what the laws are for climing Mt Rushmore without permission, but if they were arrested on the grounds of vandalizing a national monument, damages should, provided this is still the USA, be proven before arrests and other charges are made. This is not how it was handled.”

    Sorry, we do not need to prove anything before arresting people. There are very reasonable grounds to arrest the punks for vandalism among other charges that may be brought later, since Park officials caught them in the act, and the banner itself is evidence of vandalism.

    Park spokesmen so far have not volunteered information as to how they managed access to the Monument, citing security concerns. But there is a security system in place, including an alarm system, which monitors access to restricted areas. Apparently at least some part of that alarm system was either disabled, damaged or defeated. They “broke in”.

    So far, I’m only aware of the charge of tresspassing being brought against the individuals directly involved. But this was a Greenpeace operation, and it may be that the organization has some responsibility as well. If I were the judge I’d charge them with the maximum possible fine and punishment and not allow the organization to foot the fine and court costs, and fine the dickens out of Greenpeace as well. Greenpeace has shown itself to be willing and to have put lives and property in danger on a regular basis.

  65. May I suggest we replace the “defaced” picture of Mount Rushmore with an undefaced picture and just describe the problem instead of delivering the misanthropists’ message to everyone who clicks in?
    Thanks.

  66. Oh great, now they will add surveillance cameras there that can keep an eye on movement, even at night. That system will probably cost another million bucks, money that could have gone towards solving so many other important problems the O admin is working hard on…… like fixing http://www.recovery.gov which is less than one year old and is already been allocated $18 million over the next 5 years for a redo. There’s your stimulus money hard at work doing things that don’t need to be done, making those $5,000 toilet seats look like government value meals.

  67. Way to go Greenpeace !!!! Greenpeace did this to generate conversation. For those who post negative comments, THANKS FOR KEEPING THE CONVERSATION GOING, as you are adding to the publicity……excellent

    REPLY: You are 100% correct. Lesson learned. Ignore Greenpeace in the future as they are irrelevant

  68. Greenpeace ships are garbage scows carrying around greenpeace garbage they realy should quit painting a dove on their ships and paint a headless chicken

  69. I hope the judge senteces them to a highway clean up crew so that they can finaly make themselves usful

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