Hey kids! Be a "Climate Cop" – rat on your family, friends, and classmates

Note: I don’t normally allow the discussion of things related to Nazi Germany here, including discouraging the use of the word “denier” due to it’s “Holocaust Denier” connotations. But this full page ad in the Sunday papers in Britain, touting “climate crime” and “climate cops” is just a bit over the top, and deserves some attention. It is particularly relevant since the sponsoring website climatecops.com has a teachers section, and we’ve just seen some sensibility from Schwarzenegger in Sacramento on this very issue. I find this method of indoctrinating school children to normal everyday living being harmful to the earth with the “climate crime” connotation as distasteful and wrong headed. I have no problems with energy conservation, in fact I encourage it. But combining  such advice with a “climate cop” idea is the wrong way to get the message across. Can you imagine what sort of reaction the neighbors will have to the kids hanging this door hanger on their front door? Will the result of this now be hiding your electric dryer behind false walls so the kids and neighbors don’t see it?

Climate CopsAt the very least, npower could have chosen a different color scheme: red, black and white are the same three colors used in the flag of Nazi Germany What were they thinking? – Anthony

Reposted from the website EU referendum:

Can I be the only one more than a little disturbed by the latest campaign to be fronted by energy company npower?

Launched today with large colour ads in the Sundays, it appeals directly to children, urging them to enlist as “climate cops”, to root out “climate crimes“, and thus “save the planet”.

In a luridly-designed website, mimicking the style of “yoof” cartoons, it offers a bundle of downloads, including a pack of “climate crime cards“, urging its recruits to spy on families, friends and relatives, inviting each of them to build up a “climate crime case file” in order to help them ensure their putative criminals do not “commit those crimes again (or else)!”

Quite what the “or else!” should be is not specified, but since the “climate cops” are being encouraged to keep detailed written records (for those who can read and write), there is nothing to stop these being submitted to the “Climate Cops HQ” for further sanctions, the repeat offenders being sent to re-education camps. And for those “climate cops” that successfully perform the “missions” set (or turn in their own parents), there is the reward of “training” in the “Climate Cop Academy”.

In a system which has echoes of Hitler’s Deutsches Jungvolk movement, and the Communist regime Pioneers, perhaps successful graduates can work up to becoming block wardens, then street and district “climate crime Führers”, building a network of spies and informers.

How nicely this ties in with James Hansen’s call to put the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming.

No doubt, with a willing band of “climate cops”, the prosecutors can spread their nets wider, reaching into the homes of all climate change deniers, until the insidious virus of doubt is exterminated (final solution, anyone?). Then we can all march on the sunlit uplands of a “carbon-free” planet – to the tune of Ode to Joy no doubt.

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L Nettles

Keystone Kops

Re-posted from our forum, placed by a noted local (British) journalist:
“No one should be surprised by this turn of events. Totalitarianism always recruits children. In 1984 children are encouraged to join The Spies, a more vicious version of the cubs or scouts. In Pol Pot’s Kampuchea, Year Zero began with children denouncing adults in middle class professions. In Mao Tse Tung’s Cultural Revolution were not Red Guards vicious young ideologues whose pleasure it was to drive out intellectuals into the countryside to shift shit and plant rice? The worship of youth is always a big mistake.
Jim Greenhalf”

Flowers4Stalin

My kitty is a klimate kriminal. Kitties are the kause of klimate change. Seriously though, it appears that appeals to Nazism and Stalinism is rooted in human nature when a problem fails to be solved in time, whether it is real or not. So, who should I watch out on the street for now? The Climate KGB, or the Gestapo of Good Weather?

Flowers4Stalin

[snip – I welcome your comments but please, let’s leave the taunt and ad homs out of this]

Pierre Gosselin

This is very disturbing. I live in Europe, and the politicians are really going off the deep end. The above campaign is yet another unsettling sign of a coming madness, which all starts somewhere. And the latest campaign in Europe shows this madness is starting off in earnest.
What can happen when reason succumbs to radical ideological doctrine and widespread madness?
Expect a sort of “KLIMATE KRISTALLNACHT”, where energy consumers will have their windows and property smashed and spray-painted by marauding eco-zealots. See how Hansen and Gore are fanning the flames of intolerance.
Indeed Hansen now seems on the verge of calling for the herding of climate criminals onto railcars for transport to centers for the final solution. These centres could have signs up front: “ENERGIESPAREN MACHT FREI” (Saving energy liberates).
Or climate criminals may be just sent off east somewhere to climate gulags. Watch out for Stalinst-like cleansings, where millions of CO2 emitters will simply be purged.
The odds of the above happening are sadly far greater than Hansen’s kook scenarios coming true. They’ve hasppened before, and not long ago.

Or else? I can think of a few things a new-minted little cadre of Green Guards could do to coerce their non-complying fellow citizens. Vandalising a neighbour’s SUV. Spray-painting walls and doors (with environmentally friendly paint, of course.) And superglue has its mischievous uses as well (as the geniuses at Plane Stupid have shown.) For indoctrination purposes, it’s vital to get to people while they are young, as radical Islamist groups also know. As the Jesuit saying goes: “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”

Pierre Gosselin

I know my previous entry sounds radical.
But humanity is never ever far from madness. This latest campaingn, and the tones of intolerance by Hansen & Co, are signs that we are indeed entering a new period of madness.
The rest of us ought to be preparing for a kind of Climate D-Day.

IS this what its coming too!?!?

Leon Brozyna

Speaking of re-education.
The chief meteorologist at one of our local TV stations here in Buffalo recently came out in support of AGW after spending a few days in Boulder, CO at NCAR. Should we start calling it the National Center for Atmospheric Re-education?
Are they now operating a concerted effort to get meteorologists to get with the program and embrace AGW, since they’ve been such a well known body of skeptics for so long?

Rich H.

I am speechless.
I know the UK government has bathed itself in the baptismal waters of the Church of Global Warming. But, what in the H#%$ are they thinking?
This isn’t helping anyone or anything. This is nothing more than nasty propaganda. Teach em young to be eco zealots and turn in others that don’t follow their climate religion?
Ahg. I can’t even begin to describe my utter disgust at this!
My name is Rich Hickey and I am a Climate Skeptic.
Oops, I left my computer on overnight. Might want to come write me up.

Isn’t it interesting watching the fascination Europeans have with dictatorial personalities? They seem content being ruled by either a political strongman, or a huge nameless, faceless, unelected and unaccountable government bureaucracy, which intrudes on all facets of their lives, right down to their clothes lines and cell phone chargers. And ten dollar a gallon gas? It’s a small price to pay for the putative security of having all those tax sucking bureaucrats rule their lives.
Looking back on 20th century history, I wonder why the U.S.A. paid so much blood and fortune to save these Euroweenies from the same fate that they seem to crave today.
There’s no denying that most Europeans have a serf mentality. The only difference in the cartoon ad is that the kid has on a red shirt, instead of a brown shirt. Sign of the times, I guess.
As an American, I can’t help but be disgusted at the Europeans’ servile demeanor. Those with any “can do” attitude must have already immigrated here. As a John Wayne character once said, “The weak died along the way, and the cowards never started.”
/rant

After reading Pierre’s post above, and the others, I owe them an apology. Not all Europeans are wusses. But there are too few who believe in their own self-sufficiency to outnumber the servile herd, which is always eager to trade its last remaining freedoms in return for the mirage of security.

MARK

creepy

blcjr

Orwellian.

TinyCO2

I think this climate cop thing is a good idea. Parents who are caught out should be suitable chastened and help put things right. They should carry out the following CO2 reducing activities:-
1) Remove the fuses from most of your child’s toys, tv, phone charger, etc.
2) Turn off the heating/air con to your child’s bedroom, ambient should do
3) Refuse to drive your child to anything fun
4) Serve cold, locally sourced food (lots of broccoli)
5) Buy new clothes for them from a second hand source
6) Halve their allowance and place it in and eco fund.
7) Make them plant trees on the weekend.
8) Send them to a local camp while the rest of the family fly away on a holiday.
9) Make them wash the dishes and their clothes by hand.
I’m sure we can think of some more helpful carbon cutting hints.

Bernie

Smokey:
That’s a pretty broad brush. Let’s wait and see what kind of backlash this causes. There are plenty of libertarian types, at least in the UK. It also means very little until some important icon comes under threat. For example, curtailing night time football will likely produce a backlash of sizable proportions.
This type of program, like throwing blood on people with fur coats, may well serve to wake up people to the more extreme political aspects of AGW promoters.

Re Smokey (13:19:51) :
I am a climate sceptic, and I live in Europe. I feel offended. I could come up with some counter arguments, but I will not.
I can’t see how Smokey’s post is helping the issue of fighting the AGW madness. Can’t we just work together?

dearieme

The future belongs to them.

Stunned. Just stunned. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up.

[RANT]
Why not just come out and call them “der Gore-Jugend?” It can be mandatory service until age 16 and pack’em off to the Climate Change Assault Detachment also known in the inner circle of the National Green Workers Party (NAGWP or Naggies for short) as the ‘Storm’-troopers. There could be special opportunities for the ones willing to turn in family and friends, especially their parents and siblings. They get a carbon-black shirt when they join the Climate Protective Squadron!
Perhaps skeptics shall become inconvenient “Lebensunwertes Leben” and the Naggies will gas us with their sequestered CO2 at Climate Concentration Camps?
Skeptikerfrei! Das ist gut, mein leader, ja?
[/RANT]
My apologies to my Deutsche friends. The slide into totalitarianism can be invisible to all but the most observant until the Reichstag burns. This sort of stuff scares the heck out of me and sarcastic humor is sometimes the only release from the fear that we are tottering on the edge of that dark night.
“Lebensunwertes Leben” was the Nazi philosophy of ‘Life Unworthy of Life” which was the justification for the extermination camps and the other horrors of the holocaust. When we allow the marginalization of any segment of society simply because they don’t agree with the opinions of the current majority, we risk repeating the history (again).
I wonder what Hitler’s carbon footprint was?

David Corcoran

We’re going to jail boys and girls… just a matter of time. Ain’t science grand?

Flowers4Stalin

Pierre Gosselin:
Klimate Kristallnacht? Why did I not think of that? I think it is time we d****rs prepare for a Climate Cleansing, where the Supreme Green brainwashes us like in A Clockwork Orange, where they hold our eyes open with those rod things and constantly give us eye drops, all while watching An Inconvenient Truth and having the IPCC AR4 report read to us during the credits. I think I would say that it is “very likely” (greater than 90%) that politicians in Europe will push even more radical things than this before a very ugly public uprising. It’s funny how most mentions of global warming in the media are made by politicians, journalists, and actors instead of scientists these days.

[…] This foolishness was brought to my attention by Watts Up With That. […]

Terry S

The UK has rather nice organisation called the Advertising Standards Authority. I’d advise anybody who lives in the UK and finds the advert disturbing to complain to the ASA. Just a single complaint will result in them investigating the advert.

In response to Smokey’s comment, and as a Briton whose grandfather fought on the Western Front, I would like to assert that not all of us here, on the other side of the Atlantic, are servile in the way you state. Try telling the young British soldiers currently fighting in Helmand Province that they are cowards and serfs, and you will get a robust response, to say the least. We have nothing to prove.
Regarding green taxes and the like, politicians in the UK now surely know that if they attempt to coerce the people into carbon serfdom, they will lose their grip on power, come the next election. We will exercise our democratic rights and throw them out.

Flowers4Stalin

Right you are, Smokey. I also want to add that it is “virtually certain” (near 100% probability) that I have no tolerance for neo-Nazi propaganda.
I have a question. Does anyone know the difference between a global warmi-er, I mean, a climate change d***er and a climate change d***alist?
Also, I have noticed a story that was found by the blog GREENIE WATCH that mentions that green-themed magazines are becoming as unpopular as ever:http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/mixed-media/2008/07/24/green-issues-a-tough-sale-at-the-newsstand
Maybe that can apply to Europe. Maybe.

Pete

It’s rare to see a post as finely crafted as the above from Smokey.

mamapajamas

TinyCO2, your suggestions are absolutely brilliant. 🙂
I would like to add another ecologically sound suggestion to your fine list:
Rig the partental controls on your computer so that whenever your child logs in to the “Climate Cops” web site, the computer automatically shuts down.
That should save both energy AND hot air! 🙂

When Obama gets his national security in place, the one he said should be as “large and well funded as the U.S. military” , there will be plenty of funding to have the US goverment start such programs. It is sad that no one had demanded he explain what he meant by this outrageous comment.

Stan Jones

It ill behoves an American to lecture us Brits on the evils of Global Warming propaganda. Maybe when the US produces its own version of GGWS (or even deigns to show the current one on TV) or drags AIT before the Supreme Court, then maybe you can say you are making a stand.
All this nonsense started with Hansen and Gore, remember.

@Stan
This nonsense started with Dame Maggie. Didn’t you watch GGWS?
Ta!

Kevin B

I think you all are getting a bit overwrought. Yes, it’s a dumb move by a power company trying to prove its ‘greener than thou’ credentials, but I predict it’s going to fizzle out pretty quickly.
Any kid who starts sporting a Climate Cops badge at school is soon going to find out the meaning of peer pressure.

Philip_B

The Nazis were amateurs compared to the Communists when it came to social engineering by setting children against their parents.
I can’t but think, NPower has deliberately allow the eco-fanaticism to show in this ad, because it is going to alienate a lot of people.

Bill Marsh

Some of the saddest things I’ve seen.
All in the name of doing ‘good’.
Truly makes the saying “Hell is paved with good intentions” come to mind.

I was wondering if I could take the lightning bolt (a natural hazard) from the climate cops shield and replicate it four times rotated around the top square. However, I’m not that ambitious, and it turns out it npower has already said it would annoy them. BTW, your page will annoy them. I heartily recommend checking these pages, which by virtue of not being their home page, will annoy them. Got to admire an organization that won’t let me (err, Anthony, err, WordPress) link to a company’s privacy policy.
http://npower.com/web/at_home/popup/website_terms_and_conditions says:

If you would like to link to this Website, you may only do so on the basis that you link to, but do not replicate, the home page or other relevant page of this Website, and subject to the following conditions:
5. you do not remove, distort or otherwise alter the size or appearance of the npower logo;

Oh wait – the Terms and conditions is at npower.com, so I’d say it’s okay to link to whatever you want at climatecops.com. Furthermore, it appears we can modify the climate cops logo, it’s just the npower logo we shouldn’t besmirch.
http://npower.com/web/at_home/popup/popup_privacy_policy
This is okay. They explicitly state they won’t rat you out. They don’t state whether they will encourage others to rat you out, so the Climate Cops site is free to encourage kids to rat out relatives and neighbors.

You can have my programmable thermostat when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
That’s where the road is leading: energy rationing. And the day that a government employee shows up at my house to install a remote-controlled GPS thermostat is the day you’ll all see me on the national news.
Hopefully you’ll all be kind enough to throw a tea party in my honor.

Joe S

TinyCO2, very good!

Steve Moore

Climate Crime 6:
Food needs to be cool before it goes in the fridge.
Follow that one, and the kids will end up as orphans — if the botulism or salmonella don’t them, too.

jetstream

Ah, yes, npower.
Is this the same company that that wanted to dump 250,000 tonnes of pulverised ash from the Didcot ‘A’ Power Station in the Thrupp Lake? Fortunately, their plans have been just been scuppered by the local council (21 July 2008).
See: http://www.saveradleylakes.org.uk/srl_campaign/documents/documents/PressRelease_21_07_08.pdf
Is this also the same company?
“Ofgem, the energy regulator, began a formal investigation yesterday into alleged mis-selling of energy contracts by npower, one of Britain’s top six power suppliers.”
See: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/utilities/article3799222.ece
In all honesty, how can they then claim to have the moral authority to turn our children into spies?
I’m no longer a customer of theirs (changed last year) and will NEVER be again.

The “Most Wanted” poster states “When someone’s finished charging their mobile phone, they should always remember to unplug the charger.”
In fact, unplugging the charger when it is not in use saves zero energy. I’ve seen this recommended for years and was always dubious of it, having studied electrical engineering in college and being familiar with how a transformer works (that’s basically all the charger is). So I tested it myself. I have a digital “Kill A Watt” power meter that measures the power use of any appliance. It works very simply. You plug the meter into the wall outlet, and then plug the appliance into the meter. The meter displays the amount of power being used. I plugged the charger for my Nokia 6126 cell phone into the power meter, without the phone attached. The reading: ZERO watts. Then I plugged the phone into the charger and the power meter displayed 3 watts. Unplugged the phone from the charger, with the charger still plugged into the meter, and the meter immediately went back down to 0.
Another example of something that sounds like a good idea but the science simply doesn’t back it up.
However, unplugging the charger is a fairly simple thing to do, and not too inconvenient, so a lot of people will be persuaded to do it. And that’s what is so insidious about it. It’s an easy way to create “buy in” and get people in the habit of following the advice of environmentalist gurus. It can serve as a foot in the door for AGW alarmists to sell the public on taking ever and ever more drastic measures.
It pays to be skeptical even of the little things like this.

crosspatch

What’s with the red theme on the art work? The poster is red, the kid is wearing a red jacket. Maybe there is something to the notion that the Greens are simply the Reds that have changed color. Maybe they are changing back. Whatever it takes to hamstring Western economic growth in order to reduce competition for China!

Werner Weber

Do not look at the colours, look at the sign below the ‘climate cops’. It looks like a symbol for lightning (‘Blitz’). It could also mean an ‘s’, but written like a rune ‘s’. Add a second rune ‘s’ and you have the ‘Schutz-Staffel’ signature. Schutzstaffel fittingly means ‘protection echelon’. Climate protection echelon, or climate SS! The next black humour question is who might be the German climate SS Fuehrer? No, not an Austrian again! All living Austrians are as wonderful as Arnold, believe me!

OK, now I am really worried!
It seems that npower is owned by a German firm.

@Pierre Gosselin
Such are the results when you put into jail “whatever deniers”. Such must be the results when the National-Socialist (NO nazi!) emblems are forbidden but Red Stars, comrade Che T-shirts, or Lenin’s Potraits are freely distributed. (I am for freedom for all.) Europe is quickly heading into national-socialist union called European Union, and we’ll see “ENERGIESPAREN MACHT FREI” on mob’s banners very soon.
And sooner than later we will see Americans and Europeans emigrating to Russia (yes Russia!) as the only freedom country being able to protect citizens’ freedoms.
Mr Gosselin, you’ve made only one mistake. Climate Gulag will emerge in the WEST. You still think in old way of Soviet Era stereotypes. After all you live in UESR (Union of Europe Socialist Republics) for many years, don’t you.
Regards

neilo

At least it’s slightly more positive than Australia’s ABS’s “When should you die?” website from a few months ago.

David

George Orwell is spinning so fast in his grave that with a little copper wire and some magnets they could turn him into a 10 MW generator.

@Smokey
“Looking back on 20th century history, I wonder why the U.S.A. paid so much blood and fortune to save these Euroweenies from the same fate that they seem to crave today.”
You are not the first who asked that question. I have an answer. Otherwise Soviet Union would incorporate European Union into gigantic Atlantic Superpower. Then USA would face from the west – Atlantic Ocean with Soviet Empire (even more – from Atlantic to Pacific!), and from the East, across Pacific Ocean, communist China and Soviet Russia. As you can imagine the Middle East with its oil would fell into communist influence. What’s more, US would be banned from the resources pretty easily. So much for the geopolitics.
Regards

@Carsten Arnholm, Norway
“I am a climate sceptic, and I live in Europe. I feel offended.”
How can you be offended? After all you “sleep on oil” (have plenty of oil) and have the highest taxes on gas?!
You live in sort of socialist state and what Smokey said was downright truth! Like the proverbial capitalist who would sell the rope for profits on which he would be hanged, most of Europeans (if not 99%) would “trade its last remaining freedoms in return for the mirage of security” (a quote from Smokey). But the nanny state trickles in into USA as well. And it is not a creek but a size of the Amason River!
Regards

Didn’t Russia sign Kyoto putting it into effect.

Frequentflier

This is how great civilizations crumble: a collective madness seizes the population and drives it to self-destruction.