Green activist lawyer burns himself to death to protest global warming

A sad case of self-immolation with fossil fuels, to protest fossil fuels

A green activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights — including in the infamous “Boys Don’t Cry” murder case — committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Attorney David Buckel in 2006AP

In a gruesome protest against the ecological destruction of the earth, David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

He left the note behind in a manila envelope marked “To The Police,” recovered from inside a black metal push cart he discarded at the scene.

Passersby were horrified to see Buckel’s blackened, prone remains.

“It was just lying there, on its back, knees slightly bent like someone would lie on the sand at the beach,” said Irena Ryjova, 44, who rollerbladed past at around 7 a.m., less than an hour after the immolation.

More recently, he worked as an urban gardener and ecologist with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, helping run what he called the largest composting program in the country to use only renewable sources of energy.

“There’s no denying that sticking with renewable resources means a lot of elbow grease with pitchforks and shovels,” he wrote in a 2016 article on the garden website.

More here at the NYPost:  https://nypost.com/2018/04/14/burned-body-inside-prospect-park-appears-to-be-suicide/

h/t to “Charles the moderator”

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April 14, 2018 4:23 pm

HT/me

Latitude
Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 14, 2018 4:46 pm

‘I apologize to you for the mess.’……that was part of the note he left

charles nelson
Reply to  Latitude
April 14, 2018 6:35 pm

I wonder did he use E10 gasoline, the one that has 10% ethanol?

Bryan A
Reply to  Latitude
April 14, 2018 11:52 pm

Don’t know for sure but fossil fuel is what he had to use as Solar wouldn’t work at that hour

Trebla
Reply to  Latitude
April 15, 2018 5:46 am

This is really a tragic case. The man was obviously suffering from mental illness. My sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Reply to  Trebla
April 15, 2018 11:13 am

Trebla, Agreed.

Don Mattox
Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2018 7:47 am

Interesting that there was an article today about Chic-Fil-A being “creepy” about their Christian beliefs and invading New York City.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2018 8:25 am

The guy was clearly mentally ill. He should have checked into a psych ward.

Patrick
Reply to  pyeatte
April 15, 2018 4:23 pm

Was he mentally ill because he was a radical leftist, or the other way around? Perhaps both lead towards each other, forming a feedback loop?

oxao
Reply to  pyeatte
April 15, 2018 5:37 pm

Patrick: “mentally ill because he was a radical leftist, (radical leftist contributing to his mental illness)” the other way around?”
Which caused the Catastrophic positive feedback loop that ended his life.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2018 2:23 pm

Well, I disagree with Buckel’s reasoning but, A Jewish friend of mind demonstrated to me through his actions that if you’re not willing to act on you convictions then they really aren’t convictions. So H/T to Buckel’s for taking into his own hand what most all the other CAGW alarmists are ready to inflict on everyone but themselves. The courage of being out of range.

MarcSaunders
Reply to  taz1999
April 15, 2018 3:30 pm

You are supposed to “act” in order to win the game, not take yourself out of the game. We should follow examples like Gandhi or MLK who issued a clear message. This guy was definitely sick.

Patrick
Reply to  taz1999
April 15, 2018 4:35 pm

Marc, those leaders sought to restore the dignity and relieve the suffering of their people. Buckel’s cause sought to impose indignities, cause suffering, and even kill off the vast majority of humanity. I don’t advocate self-immolation, but then I am philosophically opposed to his worldview.

Phil R
Reply to  taz1999
April 15, 2018 6:36 pm

MarcSaunders’

You are supposed to “act” in order to win the game, not take yourself out of the game.

Reminds me of Patton (paraphrase, don’t know the exact quote): “Nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. You win a war by making the other poor bastard die for their country>”

Richard
Reply to  taz1999
April 15, 2018 11:28 pm

He obviously hadn’t thought it out. The amount of CO2 he released into the atmosphere by burning his carbon-based life form. He was protesting burning of fossil fuels by burning essentially fossil fuel.

rapscallion
Reply to  taz1999
April 16, 2018 4:50 am

It diminishes us all when this happens – a man needlessly taking his own life. What makes me angry is that he did it because he was lied to about the supposed global armageddon coming this way. It is they, who should have his death on their conscience. What is even sadder that those responsible don’t care and what is more will see this a ideal publicity to push their agenda. Truly there are some evil people,

Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 16, 2018 3:04 pm

More likely he was terminally depressed over a break up with his homosexual lover and used his failed involvement with environmental issues as an excuse to light his fire………[pruned] May he finally find peace with himself.

spetzer86
April 14, 2018 4:27 pm

Why are the only responses to this I can think of in such bad taste I just won’t post them?

Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 4:31 pm

I suffer from a similar malady.

Sara
Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2018 5:09 am

Normally, when I see someone doing something unutterably stupid, something that makes no sense, I also have a snarky, sarcastic response. Long ago I had a friend who committed suicide, had warned people, and found a place where no one could stop him.
Before he disappeared, he had left a note saying that it was like looking into a black hole from which there was no escape. The anger he felt was turned inward on himself.
There is nothing but sadness here. If the sense of desperation and anger is so grindingly heavy that the person suffering from it goes this far, sometimes even getting help has only a temporary effect. This is too sad.

Sheri
Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2018 6:42 am

If it was a “standard” suicide. It is entirely possible Buckel had a terminal illness and decided to go out in a very public way to leave a mark no one would forget. It was very public, he typed the note. Not the marks of a depressed individual who can no longer cope. Maybe, but I’m betting there more to this than appears on the surface.

texasjimbrock
Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2018 7:24 am

I agree with Sara. It is a very sad case. Apparently, the guy had multiple mental problems that he could not resolve. Sad.

DC Cowboy
Editor
Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 4:36 pm

That may be because you are a decent human being.
IT does not good to mock or try to find something humorous in something like this.
It is sad.

Mike Restin
Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 14, 2018 5:22 pm

The sadness is in how sick he was and he was not able to get the psychological help he so desperately needed. I would think there might be more to this story than we’ve been told.

gnomish
Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 14, 2018 6:14 pm

that’s just nature taking its course.
if you love nature- you have to love extinction of stupid.
the question is how can you think that defying nature makes you look good?
that’s what got him to the bbq. who wants to delude himself like that?

Karlos51
Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 14, 2018 10:25 pm

will those responsible for filling his head with the garbage that led to him being so deluded that he took his life, please step forward and accept responsibility
crickets..
I thought not.

Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 14, 2018 11:46 pm

I am always of two minds when something like this comes up. I feel sadness for the family that have lost a loved one. I feel a greater relief, though, for the fact that no further victims will be taken by a monster.
Undoubtedly, the suicide of a certain Austrian “activist” in prison, after his ignominious failure to achieve his ends, would have been a tragedy to his family. The survival of approximately 80 million people thanks to the avoidance of a vicious and brutal regime, though, would have been a blessing to the world.

Shawn Marshall
Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 15, 2018 5:03 am

It is the Culture of Death versus the Culture of Life. Many of us, though too few, believe that God gave us life and wants us to live it fully. Others try to assume the ‘responsibilities’ of God unto themselves; “Ye shall be as gods”. That can only end tragically.

J Hope
Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 16, 2018 5:56 am

Sadly the poor guy bought into the new religion of AGW. And now they’ll make him a martyr. That is pathetic.

Ray Cathode
Reply to  DC Cowboy
April 16, 2018 1:39 pm

This is pathetic, not sad. A perfect example of the morality of self-sacrifice – self-immolation. The great question is not how to die well, but how to live well; not how to destroy one’s life, but how to make something of it.

Tom Halla
Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 5:29 pm

I share your feelings.

Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 6:31 pm

My first thought as well.
I wonder if the had some medical issues which may have prompted him to carry this through?

WXcycles
Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 7:11 pm

He was driven to this by years of CAGW nonsense and looney-left doomer propaganda, and numerous and repeated concerted BS fear-campaigns, some of which others wrote, some of which he wrote—and damaged others.
He was told that 97% of scientists agreed, so it seemed a fairly legit conclusiion.
Which drove him completely insane, bit by bit.

1saveenergy
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 1:11 am

Death is the ultimate solution to all the problems (real or imaginary) of life.
I know of a couple (in their 60s) so convinced of sea level rise that 2yr ago they sold their house (40 ft above HWL) for half its value & moved inland to a small new house (built on a river flood plain)… & this winter got flooded; that’s just increased their belief in CAGW. She now feels suicidal as they cant afford to move again.
And they called me stupid when I showed them the sea level records giving ~ 8″ /100yrs.

Al
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 7:11 am

What belief in his belief system that was not loony?
He had all that social cred, all that money, not a bad looking guy and no one to share it with.
My belief that on top of group think crazy he was lonely. We know why.

Count to 10
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 7:36 am

The same can probably also be said of the other lefty causes he devoted himself to.

Chris Hoff
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 8:27 am

They teach this nonsense to 1st graders claiming it will make responsible citizens out of them, even when they know for a fact it isn’t true. Then this is the result, the poor guy probably suffered a lifetime of anxiety, just like a lot of other trusting people.
In my day, the 1960’s, my own grade school teacher insisted that if nothing was done about industrial air pollution, all life on earth would be wiped out in 20 years. That gave me a few sleepless weeks until completing my own research.

pokerguy
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 9:29 am

He didn’t kill himself because of global warming. His life was unbearable for deeply personal reasons. Obviously he suffered from depression. Much more respectable (in his sad mind) to kill himself for supposedly noble reasons.

AndyE
Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 7:51 pm

I think most psychiatrists would agree that this unfortunate fellow was quite likely suffering from a sort of insanity called paranoia (not to be confused with paranoid schizophrenia). Nothing we can do to prevent this sort of tragedy. Human beings will be human beings. If they come to the notice of psychiatrists in time they should be committed to a mental institution if their enmity and hate is against some other individual person which often is the case.

Serge Wright
Reply to  spetzer86
April 14, 2018 11:59 pm

I was going to post something along the lines of “Now if only all warmists followed suit, the world would be cured from this destructive ideological disease ….”, but changed my mind 😉

Reply to  Serge Wright
April 15, 2018 6:52 am

Yeah, but you did anyway.

pokerguy
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 15, 2018 9:31 am

How exactly did you change your mind?

Gerry, England
Reply to  spetzer86
April 15, 2018 4:17 am

Probably because you can imagine what the warmist responses would be if this had been a ‘denier’. And you can also remember their joy at the death of Professor Bob Carter. Some say that to follow suit would be stooping to their level. On the other hand, in battle fight fire with fire.

Sheri
Reply to  spetzer86
April 15, 2018 6:34 am

Trust me, other places people had no problem posting such things. People were incredibly crude, mean and thoughtless.

Reply to  spetzer86
April 15, 2018 8:29 am

spetzer86, how else can one respond to madness but with bad taste?

eddie willers
Reply to  spetzer86
April 15, 2018 11:44 am

“It is entirely possible Buckel had a terminal illness”
That was my first thought.

joe - the non climate scientist
April 14, 2018 4:28 pm

“There’s no denying that sticking with renewable resources means a lot of elbow grease with pitchforks and shovels,” he wrote in a 2016 article on the garden website.
Maybe he should have consulted Mark Jacobson regarding renewables or maybe he went into severe depression when he realized jacobson is a fraud.
[“Pitchforks” ?? .mod]

Greg Woods
Reply to  joe - the non climate scientist
April 15, 2018 3:30 am

Pitchforks are a useful tool for cleaning CO2 from the air…

ClimateOtter
Reply to  joe - the non climate scientist
April 15, 2018 3:40 am

Mod~ ‘pitchforks’ is a reference to cleaning out stables. The end product of which can be burned for energy. Sort of.

Sheri
Reply to  ClimateOtter
April 15, 2018 6:35 am

It can—though it never should be. Let it compost to produce methane.

Reply to  ClimateOtter
April 15, 2018 6:55 am

Ironic, in that I think the leading cause of respiratory illness in the developing world is from burning cow or buffalo dung in small burners for heat and cooking purposes. So in a way, renewables are causing more damage than fossil fuels.

CarolynS
Reply to  ClimateOtter
April 15, 2018 4:14 pm

No, I think he was just referring to the fact that compost needs to be turned regularly – a jolly hard job actually. I guess they had a really big heap and did it all by hand rather than machinery (probably huffing and puffing and expelling co2 by the truckload as they did so).

MarkW
Reply to  joe - the non climate scientist
April 15, 2018 7:06 am

If he truly believes that doing without fossil fuels just means more elbow grease, then he has never actually tried the lifestyle he wishes on the rest of us.

tom s
Reply to  MarkW
April 15, 2018 8:05 am

Wished….

Mat
April 14, 2018 4:39 pm

Sounds like he was about 40 years too late….

Editor
April 14, 2018 4:41 pm

Oh, man, talk about the delicate balance between tragedy and comedy … I have to come down on the side of tragedy because no man is an island and each man’s death diminishes me, and because of the inevitable endless sorrow of his family … I’ve been meditating on this topic over on my blog if anyone is interested.
My best to all, enjoy this life, rumor has it we don’t get a second chance if we mess this one up …
w.

Curious George
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 14, 2018 4:45 pm

You don’t sound like a Hinduist.

Reply to  Curious George
April 14, 2018 4:58 pm

It’s true, the Hindudes have another rumor …
w.

Sara
Reply to  Curious George
April 15, 2018 5:16 am

I once asked a good friend if she believed in reincarnation. Her response was ‘Yes, you have to keep coming back, over and over, until you learn to do things the right way.”
That made sense to me.

Sheri
Reply to  Curious George
April 15, 2018 6:35 am

Sara: Sounds like being stuck in an endless transporter loop.

schitzree
Reply to  Curious George
April 15, 2018 4:10 pm

Personally I hate the theory of reincarnation. How are we supposed to learn from the mistakes of our past lives if we don’t remember them? How can practice make perfect without learning?
There is no improvement in reincarnation. There is only throwing a dart at a target blindfolded over and over until you hit the bullseye purely by luck.
>¿<

Tom Judd
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 14, 2018 5:01 pm

Maybe you only do get a second chance if you don’t do it right. Maybe we have to come back over and over till we’re sufficiently perfected for a wondrous beyond.
P.S. I know of someone who believes in reincarnation precisely for that reason.

Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 5:26 pm

Maybe but, of all the people I’ve ever known, I don’t think any of them reached the level of “sufficiently perfected for a wondrous beyond.” Must be the company I keep.

Mick
Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 6:10 pm

And what power would be responsible for determining this recycling of life

Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 6:17 pm

Mick April 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm

And what power would be responsible for determining this recycling of life

If the recycling happens in the US, that would be the EPA … I believe they have jurisdiction over everything.
w.

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 11:56 pm

At the very least deciding what is and isn’t recyclable

TA
Reply to  Tom Judd
April 15, 2018 8:30 am

The comedian Robin Williams, who committed suicide, said of reincarnation: “If it’s true, my luck, I’ll come back as me.”
Now that sounds like a depressed person to me.

NW sage
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 14, 2018 5:55 pm

Right – Willis, The Hindus would have it that your chances of a decent second chance are at least several hundred lifetimes away if you mess your Karma up with really bad stuff.

John MacDonald
Reply to  NW sage
April 14, 2018 7:59 pm

This is so sad. Messing up your Karma with really bad stuff includes suicide. It takes many lives to fix that.

Reply to  NW sage
April 15, 2018 2:05 am

The true agent of Karma is Carbon Dioxide.
The flesh of our bodies at death is converted to Carbon Dioxide and Water. These then are taken in by plants and become food for the next generation of beings.
The Ancients were unaware of this. They coined – Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes. The actual process is Carbon Dioxide to Carbon Dioxide.

commieBob
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 14, 2018 6:41 pm

re. the balance between tragedy and comedy.
Tragedy is what happens. Comedy is how you deal with it. link

… rumor has it we don’t get a second chance if we mess this one up …

Some think the scarier version is that you have to keep coming back until you get it right.

Ill Tempered Klavier
Reply to  commieBob
April 15, 2018 11:52 am

“Tragedy is what happens. Comedy is how you deal with it.”
Might be why we laugh when it hurts too much to cry.

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 14, 2018 7:04 pm

“Too bad she won’t live. But then again who does.” – Blade Runner

F. Ross
Reply to  M Simon
April 14, 2018 7:31 pm

“…all those moments…lost in time, like tears in the rain” -Blade Runner

Tim Groves
Reply to  M Simon
April 17, 2018 5:50 am

“Give me four.”
“Futatsu de jubun desuyo.”
“No, four. Two, two, four.”
“Futatsu de jubun desuyo.”
“And noodles.”
“Wakatte kudasai yo.”

Paul Johnson
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 14, 2018 9:50 pm

I remember a story…
One day, the entire adult population of an idyllic world awakes with a shared vision of a unknown disaster about to end their civilization. After long consultations with the mystic elders, they all agree on the truth of this vision and are resigned to their fate. That night one couple, wishing to spare their children this horror, kill them painlessly in their sleep. The next morning, they awake to an intact world, but find that all the parents in their world have done exactly the same. Vision fulfilled.
May David Buckel lie in peace.

Jones
Reply to  Paul Johnson
April 14, 2018 11:15 pm

Paul,
I’m sure you are thinking of “The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury.
Really good film adaptation too with Rod Steiger.

Ben Gunn
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 15, 2018 10:09 pm

Willis if the Gerbil survived he might disagree with you.

pameladragon
April 14, 2018 4:43 pm

I can think of dozens of totally tasteless and cruel comments, but can’t do it. I feel sad for his family and friends, such a waste of life.

Hugs
Reply to  pameladragon
April 15, 2018 2:01 am

Absolutely. A horrible situation for the people who remain so far.
It is clear that climate anxiety will kill more people, and that is because the mainstream media following the zeitgeist causes it. The West will sink, not because pollution or warming, but because it has driven into a cultural dead end.

RicDre
Reply to  Hugs
April 15, 2018 5:48 pm

“I feel sad for his family and friends, such a waste of life.”
I agree.
“The West will sink, not because pollution or warming, but because it has driven into a cultural dead end.”
I agree, though I think that Cultural Madness describes the direction we are headed better than a cultural dead end. This poor man may be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Ralph
April 14, 2018 4:45 pm

I wonder if he bought carbon credits to offset the co2 he produced burning himself?

Reply to  Ralph
April 14, 2018 5:56 pm

Ralph
April 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm
I don’t think we need to make fun of this. It’s such a sad story. Obviously this man had a lot of things going on in his head and probably just needed to seek out professional help to aviod this tragedy. Condolences to his family and friends.

GUS
Reply to  Alastair Brickell
April 14, 2018 8:51 pm

The guy was CUCKOO for Cocoa Puffs. Most liberals are. The earth is dying???? Get a grip.

Sheri
Reply to  Alastair Brickell
April 15, 2018 6:49 am

While “professional help” might work, there is no panacea for dealing with suicidal people. People who cannot cope will eventually kill themselves. That’s the reality of it. Not everyone can deal with life and no therapy or drug can change that. I’m not criticizing or blaming these people—it’s just the reality of life. Not everyone can make it work. Therapy and meds are worth a try, but it may or may not “avoid the tragedy.”

Al
Reply to  Alastair Brickell
April 15, 2018 7:13 am

Look at his dating life. He was lonely on top of which the Left fed him constant gloom and doom.
The Left & LGBT in particular fed him a lie.

DonM
Reply to  Alastair Brickell
April 16, 2018 11:28 am

Condolences to family and friends that were NOT part of the echo chamber of horrors that continuously nudged him toward the edge.
Screw those that were part of the echo chamber (don’t matter if they are family/friends or not).

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Ralph
April 15, 2018 3:23 am

snap! that was my first thought.
the second was why not a quiet OD and crawl into one of his compost piles for an eco friendly ending..
once i was very ill and did warn my girlfriemnds if they found my coat covering the worm bin, Id taken care of my funeral..pre planned as it were;-) and just leave it alone for a few weeks please.

Chris
Reply to  Ralph
April 15, 2018 11:27 pm

Tasteless comment.

Mat
April 14, 2018 4:47 pm

Wait, maybe if he’d hooked himself up it an inverter, connected to capacitors, which are charged by a solar panel, waiting to go off like a portable defibrillator… That he could have renewably offed himself having died of exposure, or maybe thirst…………. Would ya buy hunger?…

R. Shearer
Reply to  Mat
April 14, 2018 4:57 pm

Composting would have been a lot less painful but slow.

gnomish
Reply to  R. Shearer
April 14, 2018 6:16 pm

he was already there by the time he got his degree in stupid

Mick
Reply to  Mat
April 14, 2018 6:14 pm

Or lay down under a huge magnifying lens, after drinking a gallon of corn liquor.

Merinas van der Lubbe
Reply to  Mick
April 15, 2018 12:29 pm

YOU just HUSH yer Mouth!! DONT chew give them dang Libberuls ideas to be a-wastin good Corn Squeezins now Dang you!

Serge Wright
April 14, 2018 4:48 pm

The sad part is that he died under a false pretext., saying “he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself”.
In reality. global population is increasing at a rate which is faster than at any time in the past. Food production is at a record high and global poverty is at an all time low. A warmer world is a better world.
The real cause of his death is fake left-wing propaganda.

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 14, 2018 4:56 pm

I think the real cause of his death was mental illness.
The man had no grasp of reality, blaming imaginary boogie men for the sky falling is never a path to enlightenment.

cz
Reply to  Reg Nelson
April 14, 2018 5:17 pm

Sadly it is what religious zealots do.

TA
Reply to  Reg Nelson
April 14, 2018 6:40 pm

“I think the real cause of his death was mental illness.”
I think the real cause of his death are all the lies and distortions of the truth the Climate Change Charlatans have foisted on an unsuspecting public over the years, making them think the world is coming to an end because of CO2 emissions. This guy believed their lies so much he felt he had only one option: to kill himself.

BoyfromTottenham
Reply to  Reg Nelson
April 14, 2018 6:56 pm

Reg, if mental illness was the cause, it seems to have similarly affected a substantial part of the population of Western (and some small third world) countries. This is gonna take a looong time to fix, unless some far greater and more obvious crisis happens – like a serious recession that focuses the collective mind of our politicians on our real problems.

Reply to  Reg Nelson
April 14, 2018 7:11 pm

Agreed.
Nor is his alleged choice of death sensible on any level except as a typical suicide.
This character apparently lived and worked in NYC. It is doubtful that his life was carbon free except at a minimal level; i.e. a virtue signal level.
Actually blaming fossil fuel, when one’s life is surrounded and supported by fossil fuels is irrational. Especially after the winter NYC enjoyed this past year.
I do note that he chose a warm spring day, instead of the many very cold spring days just past.
Viewed as a totality, unfortunately, this was a typical suicide.
Why would this matter?
Because, there is zero evidence that a “fossil fuel” event triggered his terminal depression.
The big question is what was the triggering event or events?
Even if this character is trying to make his suicide count for something about which he appears to have a religious belief, other dark events triggered his decision to end his life.
May his tortured soul find the rest and solace he needs.

texasjimbrock
Reply to  Reg Nelson
April 15, 2018 7:41 am

Reg: I agree. The man had so many problems living inside his cranium that he finally just popped.

Mick
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 14, 2018 6:16 pm

It isn’t warmer where I live

Sara
Reply to  Mick
April 15, 2018 5:19 am

Rain, sleet and snow where I live and I can’t put out bird food until the precip stops.

tom s
Reply to  Mick
April 15, 2018 8:37 am

12-14″ on the ground here. Average high is 58F….we may get 30F today if we are lucky. The month to date is about -15 below the ‘average’. Historic on all counts. I am at MSP. We are at our snowiest April ever….approx 22″ to date. We average 2.5″ of usually wet snow in April. We have not been above 52F yet this entire spring. It is causing me to be very down. I don’t get SAD in the winter due to lack of light, but in spring when I am expecting much nicer conditions this kind of weather causes me to be very irritable. We are hoping for our first 60F late next weekend and then hopefully sustained warmth beyond that…long range means are more favorable then…let’s hope so.

Reply to  tom s
April 15, 2018 10:05 am

Sorry. It is already globally cooling.

Hugs
Reply to  Mick
April 15, 2018 10:45 am

Sorry. It is already globally cooling.

Yeah, ‘cooling’ negative 0.15K/decade? Or did you refer to just the last four weeks?
Please come back after 15 years of cooling UAH TLT. In the meantime, meeting 1.5K total global warming for a 30 year period is still very, very much in future. I love to see the pause back, but it appears we get more lukewarm weather instead.

Reply to  Hugs
April 15, 2018 11:08 am

Hugs
There is no man made global warming. I am not sure why you believe strongly in UAH since they have noted problems with the orbits and the sensors are affected by the sun’s rays which are terrible during the [current] period of the lowest magnetic field strengths in about 87 years.
As far as the other data sets are concerned: they are all biased towards the NH. Not properly balanced to zero latitude like my sample of 54 weather stations.
It is globally cooling. By at least 0.01K per annum since 2000.
Here is a summary of my investigation on that:
Concerned to show that man made warming (AGW ) is correct and indeed happening, I thought that here [in Pretoria, South Africa} I could easily prove that. Namely the logic following from AGW theory is that more CO2 would trap heat on earth, hence we should find minimum temperature (T) rising pushing up the mean T. Here, in the winter months, we hardly have any rain but we have many people burning fossil fuels to keep warm at night. On any particular cold winter’s day that results in the town area being covered with a greyish layer of air, viewable on a high hill outside town in the early morning.
I figured that as the population increased over the past 40 years, the results of my analysis of the data [of a Pretoria weather station] must show minimum T rising, particularly in the winter months. Much to my surprise I found that the opposite was happening: minimum T here was falling, any month….I first thought that somebody must have made a mistake: the extra CO2 was cooling the atmosphere, ‘not warming’ it. As a chemist, that made sense to me as I knew that whilst there were absorptions of CO2 in the area of the spectrum where earth emits, there are also the areas of absorption in the 1-2 um and the 4-5 um range where the sun emits. Not convinced either way by my deliberations and discussions as on a number of websites, I first looked at a number of weather stations around me, to give me an indication of what was happening:comment image
The results puzzled me even more. Somebody [God/Nature] was throwing a ball at me…..The speed of cooling followed a certain pattern, best described by a quadratic function.
I carefully looked at my earth globe and decided on a particular sampling procedure to find out what, if any, the global result would be. Here is my final result on that:comment image
Hence, looking at my final Rsquare on that, I figured out that there is no AGW, at least not measurable.

WXcycles
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 14, 2018 7:22 pm

Bingo.
Public funded propaganda, pretending to be ‘science’, and a supine media that’s fully complicit in enabling an ongoing global crime of misleading the young and impressionable into mental anguish, ignorance, poor education, stupid attitudes and acts, and much depression and misery, under the FAKE guise of informing and enlightening.
Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 3:22 am

Agenda 21 anybody?

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 14, 2018 8:11 pm

Bingoid. Murder by propaganda. But those Warmists that caused his death DON’T CARE! The only thing they care about is converting the world to their insane Socialist hell.

Chris Wright
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 15, 2018 2:48 am

Absolutely. All the global data shows that mankind is better fed, more prosperous and longer living than ever before. And the planet is getting greener due to increased CO2 and global warming.
This is the ultimate madness. People who call themselves green demonise and hate the very thing that makes the planet green. Sadly this madness can literally drive people to their deaths.
Chris

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Serge Wright
April 15, 2018 6:12 am

Will those who continue to create mental stress with their false catastrophic warming propaganda ever be brought before the court to account for their part in this type of tragic death?

Latitude
April 14, 2018 4:50 pm

Leave it to me to definitely have something to say….
This falls squarely on the laps of all these hysterical liberals, lying so called scientists, news media, etc…
….this is the result they have been looking for…..and they don’t even care

Reply to  Latitude
April 14, 2018 5:29 pm

And the left will say it’s Trump’s fault because he’s dismantling the EPA.

NW sage
Reply to  mikerestin
April 14, 2018 5:58 pm

mikerestin – don’t forget that Trump dumped the Paris Accord non-treaty!

Reply to  Latitude
April 14, 2018 6:36 pm

Hit the nail squarely on the first go. +10

Chris
Reply to  Latitude
April 15, 2018 11:30 pm

Rubbish comment.

ResouceGuy
April 14, 2018 4:51 pm

First we had the Peta Facebook shooter in Calif. and now this. I think the climate psychologists need to do some good here and stop feeding the psychosis.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  ResouceGuy
April 14, 2018 6:38 pm

Youtube, not Facebook. And had nothing to do with animal issues…it was over revenue and what she saw as Youtube deliberately limiting her viewership.

gnomish
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
April 14, 2018 9:08 pm

mr mike- that’s what she said but the real reason was she was psycho
and this flaming [lawyer] who just offed himself was a liar to the end – he didn’t do it for the erf. he did it cuz he had inverted values = psycho.

s-t
Reply to  ResouceGuy
April 14, 2018 7:35 pm

The Nanterre massacre refers to an act of mass murder that occurred on March 27, 2002, in Nanterre, France. Gunman Richard Durn, 33 years old, opened fire at the end of a town council meeting, resulting in the deaths of eight councilors, and the injury of 19 others.
(…)
He held a Masters degree in political science and a degree in history. According to the police, Durn was an environmental activist, and a former member of the Socialist Party before joining the Greens. He was also a member of the Ligue des droits de l’homme.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanterre_massacre

Joel O’Bryan
April 14, 2018 4:53 pm

Need anymore evidence Liberalism and mental illness go hand in hand?
Climate change fanaticism is clearly a retreat from rationality.
A Chicken or the Egg problem is the only question.

brians356
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 14, 2018 11:03 pm

“Liberalism is a mental disorder.” Michael Savage
Q.E.D.

kokoda - AZEK (Deck Boards) doesn't stand behind its product
April 14, 2018 5:11 pm

IMO, just proves how mentally unbalanced he was, on multiple counts.
Survival of the fittest.

Ross King
April 14, 2018 5:13 pm

The ultimate hypocrisy ….. contributing to AGW.

markl
Reply to  Ross King
April 14, 2018 8:32 pm

My thought exactly. Not PC, but true. Couldn’t even stick to his beliefs in death/suicide. I feel sorry for those that will miss him.

Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 5:14 pm

This was not a protest. It was self-hatred. It’s actually very difficult for many – if not most – people to love themselves. One has to be at peace with oneself.
Raise your children well. They are our successors in Nature’s grand experiment in bringing forth a being that recognizes the existence of Nature itself. Love your children, and let them love themselves.

HotScot
Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 5:31 pm

Amen
I’m in love with myself.

Severian
Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 5:58 pm

I don’t know, seems to me I loved myself a lot, especially in high school.

barryjo
Reply to  Severian
April 14, 2018 6:19 pm

And now you need eye glasses?????

gnomish
Reply to  Tom Judd
April 14, 2018 6:23 pm

you can’t love yourself without a reason. that’s something one achieves by achieving one’s values
he just had stupid as his standard of value.
he arrived at the ineluctable conclusion.
it’s all good.

Sara
Reply to  gnomish
April 15, 2018 5:26 am

gnomish, it would be more appropriate to say that his view was so narrow and so blocked in that he could NOT see the other side of the coin.
Suicide is NOT the answer to anything.

MarkW
Reply to  gnomish
April 15, 2018 6:28 am

However when the emotional pain is so high that you can’t bear it anymore, it sure does seem that way.

gnomish
Reply to  gnomish
April 15, 2018 10:41 am

yes, sara. any rational person understands and agrees with you in any normal context.
the agw cult is not a normal context by any stretch of the imagination but until it leaves corpses strewn on the pavement, those who are too innocently generous to grasp the fact that fabian socialism is loathing of human nature and is an engine of self mutilation and suicide on the installment plan.
so good on crispy mcCritter for showing the station at the end of the line. will it wake anybody up?
if it doesn’t, then let the fries hit the floor. the more the merrier and the sooner the better.
those are the monstrosities that threaten every human bean. they are not to be hugged. they are evil.
do you so love life that you will, in equal measure, hate evil? cuz if you can’t bring yourself to do that, your anguish is self indulgence and pretty much coddles the cooters like all the other enablers.

drednicolson
Reply to  gnomish
April 15, 2018 1:11 pm

The will to live is powerful. Even when overcome by a suicidal urge, it reasserts itself quickly. A delay, a distraction, an inconvenience, an interruption, any of these can move the individual past that window of impulse and get them thinking “Wait a minute, WTF am I doing?”.
Unfortunately, for some that interruption never comes.

schitzree
Reply to  gnomish
April 15, 2018 4:35 pm

What worries me the most on this is that it WON’T be the last time one of the Climate Faithful chooses to end their life rather then face the world they believe is coming. Many (even Most) of them truly believe that civilization or even the biosphere itself is doomed unless mankind as a whole ‘Decarbonizes’, and as most of us here know that just isn’t possible. As one attempt after another to implement their beliefs fails, they will become more and more depressed.
We WILL see more of the Climate Faithful choosing suicide. We will probably see some choosing to take their families with them. We may even eventually see something akin to Jonestown. In the end it will depend on how much longer their leaders choose to continue pushing them and lying to them.
~¿~

hunter
April 14, 2018 5:16 pm

When ideology leads to self destructive dehumanizing madness, it is probably time to question the ideology.

Reply to  hunter
April 14, 2018 5:30 pm

Also true in other areas of life.

Sara
Reply to  hunter
April 15, 2018 5:30 am

Absolutely correct. The ideology IS being questioned, by the rest of us, but someone like this is too blocked by it to even try to question it.

drednicolson
Reply to  Sara
April 15, 2018 1:15 pm

What difference between being blinded by the light and being in the dark?

DonK31
April 14, 2018 5:16 pm

He did what he chose to do. I hope I get to choose the way I go.

MarkW
Reply to  DonK31
April 15, 2018 6:29 am

If I have a choice, I’d rather not go.

Komrade Kuma
April 14, 2018 5:22 pm

A sad event in any terms but this guy just seems to epitomise the psychotic take on carbon/CO2 that people like him have. I mean on a planet where ALL life is carbon based and atmospheric CO2 is the primary vector for the creation of said life, WTF is this obscene and utter hatred of carbon/CO2 all about?
Sad, sad stuff.

Jacob Frank
Reply to  Komrade Kuma
April 15, 2018 1:25 pm

+100

Janice Moore
April 14, 2018 5:28 pm

Oh … oh… oh… Weeping…
To God, all that ultimately, really, mattered was that David was a soul in need of love. A soul that God loved, dearly. No, that God loveS dearly.**
http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3934027.1523734475!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/article-park3-0414.jpg
David Buckell, human being.
Why

(youtube – Rascal Flatts)
WHY???
Oh, why…
The pain just got too great.
That — is why.
With nothing but deepest sympathy for all of Mr. Buckell’s family, for all of his friends… so many friends… You could not have done ANYTHING to prevent this. Weep, be angry, but don’t — feel — guilty. The pain just got too great. That’s all.
With love, only love — and tears,
Janice
******************
******************
** I believe in retroactive prayer (yes, I realize that some of you do not believe in prayer at all; this is MY remembrance comment), thus, I prayed just now that God, knowing in advance that I would pray this today, would have made sure that David Buckell believed in Jeshua as his Messiah at some point in his life (even if only after losing consciousness today, accepting the message spoken to him by Jesus in his mind before it was too late to choose). And this may have been futile, but, I am choosing to believe it was not and that David is, right now, in heaven. At peace.

rd50
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 14, 2018 5:44 pm

Wonderful song, no explanation, just the truth about life.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 14, 2018 5:45 pm

Please forgive my misspelling of “Buckel” — tears make it harder to read …
One more thing, from the lyrics to above song, “Why?” — “They lied.” And that makes me angry. The same lie about human CO2 that caused (but — for — the — requirement of UN-necessary cladding (only there to prevent concrete from emitting CO2 per the lies of the AGWers), most if not all of those people would be alive today) the Grenfell Towers burning deaths of dozens of human beings, killed an emotionally fragile human being.
In Tort law, the “eggshell plaintiff” principle says that the tortfeasor (here, the liars about human CO2) takes his or her victim as he or she finds him or her. The AGWists are guilty of wrongful death. That is, the emotional fragility of Mr. Buckel was not a supervening, controlling, cause preventing their liability.
Angry. Weeping. … just weeping…

HotScot
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 14, 2018 5:50 pm

Janice,
I’m not religious, but if I were David, I would thank you for that.
Whatever this man’s torment, I suspect he would have found one cause, or another to die for.
He was a human being and deserves respect.
We might brand him mentally ill, but we didn’t know him, so can’t make that assessment. We can only hope that death released him from his torment, for he was tormented enough to kill himself in this way.
My thoughts go out to his family, of course, but also to the people who found him, and the emergency services he selfishly subjected to the most gruesome task imaginable.
We often forget the public servants who must clear up after these people. They are affected as well, but few think of them, least of all the perpetrators.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Potchefstroom
Reply to  HotScot
April 15, 2018 5:26 am

He may not have had a depressive motivation. He may have had a martyr complex, seeking popularity or immortality as a an extreme example who died for ‘the cause’. Maybe he was thinking of the Buddhist monks who self-immolated to protest the war in Vietnam. I see a parallel.
All he proved is that men are mortal. We only get one chance. His has ended. What struggle he failed to overcome in this life, he will face in the next. For anyone considering suicide now or in the future, I recommend first reading or watching, “Life after Life”.

Janice Moore
Reply to  HotScot
April 15, 2018 6:27 am

Another book which has been helpful to many was written by a quadraplegic (Joni Eareckson Tada) who wanted to kill herself at one point, When Is It Right to Die?: https://www.amazon.com/When-Right-Die-Euthanasia-Suffering/dp/0756786894#customerReviews

noaaprogrammer
April 14, 2018 5:30 pm

Yes, a portion of blame & shame belong to the climate change scare mongers — especially those who know that such hype is not true. To those who believe that climate hype is true — please move on — none of us want to dwell on this and make any kind of self-sacrificing hero out of Mr. Buckel. It would only encourage a rash of such protests. (During the 1960s there were many self-immolations protesting the Vietnam War.)

Reply to  noaaprogrammer
April 14, 2018 5:33 pm

It could have been worse. There could have been a few more.

TheLastDemocrat
April 14, 2018 5:34 pm

Sadly, this helps again to point out that many people are getting their brains pulled into a cult. Like the Hart family tragedy, with the adoptive parents being so goofed up that all parents and kids end up dead, unless the final couple of individuals happen to be found alive somewhere.
This is not mental illness. Please avoid saying that. It is a disservice to people with a mental illness, or with suicidality.
Find time to go look up how a cult works Most importantly, the process by which someone gets sucked into cult thinking – not so much the “characteristics” of cult thinking.
The appeal of a cult is dual: to be following the correct life, and to be virtuous as opposed to being ignorant or being evil.
Cults work by a certain process. In all of this, I have no idea how a cult gets dreamed up. i have no idea what possesses any individual to dream up a cult, either as a True Believer, or as a Deceiver. I will note how INTELLIGENT, NON-MENTALLY-ILL individuals get drawn into a cult.
This is based on my efforts to understand how so many of my intelligent friends and family have embraced the most ridiculous political ideas, AND how they CANNOT have reasonable, cool-headed discussions of political issues.
A cult has an appeal by pointing out some idea or problem, and making the potential member consider the issue – but this apparently dispassionate issue is actually presented in a manner that will lead to favoring one side. “You are against harming wildlife, aren’t you?”
The subtle but necessary subtext comes next. The people doing the “bad” thing or things are either ignorant or evil. Capitalism is bad, polluters are bad, Big Oil is bad, SUV owners are bad, etc.
The rhetoric progresses to include a MORAL evaluation: it is not just dumb that you wasted fossil fuel with your SUV, it was somehow immoral: you were killing off the planet, hurting Gaia, ruining the legacy for future generations, etc. I call this the “virtue” aspect.
We mostly think of cults as being centered around God / gods / divine revelation / great spiritual insight and practice.
But I want to ASK you all to consider: the matter of a cult is the matter of being virtuous versus being ignorant or evil. This can include being virtuous by following a religion, or also by following some tenets of virtue, without a God attached to the virtuousness.This expanded concept includes religious cults, such as Jim Jones, Vernon Howell, and Joseph Smith, but also includes the atheist naturalists, members of the Cult of Man-made Global Warming, etc.
In the long run, dispute and shades of grey disappear, and the promoted view is framed as the obvious, virtuous view, and holders of other views (lukewarmers, etc.) are framed as either ignorant or evil.
In the long run: since the opponent is IMMORAL, the believers, the virtuous, are not “ethically” required to engage in civil debate, to tolerate diverse views, etc. This would be like a Christian church having a meeting to decide if Satanist principles should be added to the Creed in order to be more inclusive. [More later on why Christianity, specifically, is not a cult.]
The process is that you first consider, and accept, some “obvious” things. CO2 is increasing, etc. Then, a subtle process advances. Two main things: the “virtue” issue has to cover a great deal of daily life, so that you get increasingly cut off from other aspects of daily life, and opponents get increasingly framed as distinctly woefully ignorant (often due to the promotion of evil ideas by the Evil Guys), or simply as evil.
It has been close to a decade, but some may remember the flare-up of concern over “phantom” power consumption: that LED light on your Keurig that notes that it is plugged in? EVIL!!!!!! –So, the label of evil gets promoted to cover more and more. Pretty soon you cannot take a s#1t without worrying about how your dung is harming Mother Earth. And, feeling guilty and deciding you would s#1t less if Consumerism did not drive you to eat so much. These virtue-concepts advance on you, and you increasingly see your behaviors, and those of others, as ignorant and or evil. As you grow in Virtue, you shift away from the evil behaviors and thoughts.
At the same time, a lifestyle of Virtue gets advanced. Buy “green,” etc. You can relieve guilt of your evil ways by following the Virtuous lifestyle. Buy a Subaru because their plant is zero-emissions.
The final crucial aspect is this: A cult controls you by getting you to buy in to a World View, but it is an inaccurate World View. It can be shown to be inaccurate to reasonable people by logic and reason.
So, another crucial aspect of the cult is this: there must be mental detours to the obvious reasoning that makes the cult look as foolish as it is – since it is not in accord with reality.
There are two main cognitive tricks that are promoted and parroted to the increasingly duped cult members: name-calling and change-the-topic. They simply are what they say.
If someone counters the AGW idea with some genuine data, you do not have to dispute it; instead, you paint the person presenting the information as “funded by Big Oil,” or an “acolyte of Fox News.” IOW, you do name-calling. Once the reasonable person, who will bust a hole in your world view, is discounted as being a bad or evil person, you DO NOT HAVE TO ENTERTAIN THEIR POINT OF VIEW. This is NECESSARY for a cult to survive.
Also, Change-The-Topic. If someone brings up a point such as “solar cannot possibly handle more than 10% of a nation’s energy need,” the topic GETS CHANGED TO: “Kyoto – we need to reduce demand,” or “Big Oil is subsidized so solar doesn’t have an economic chance,” or “in some cases, we will also depend on wind,” etc.
The “tell” for “change-the-topic” is this: two things: 1. you never get back to your valid point; 2. as you try, you get labeled as being dogmatic, or as being unable to expand a discussion, etc.
Finally, and this has happened to me, and to you all, and to many: once the cult member gets challenged, and gets feet held to the fire, they create a huge emotional tantrum, and fly off in a huff – all the while labelling you as the unreasonable, emotional one. And, no shame: they are merely exiting a discussion with an Evil person.
These cult members CANNOT engage beyond a second round of serious, reasonable discussion on their Cult View.
In may forums, I have PREDICTED exactly when someone will dis-engage form debate, and how. They deny this, and then it occurs, like clockwork. Because a cult world view cannot stand a challenge. Because it does not accord with reality. Why engage? Why predict where the debate will go? I at times also state this: because others are reading the interchange, and can thus become aware of how the rhetoric works.
This guy was a cult member. He guilted himself so far as to lead him to kill himself. Sad. But not mental illness, or just being unintelligent. He suffered from something that sane, intelligent people can get drawn into: a cult.
Why are we told that cults can only be religious? We are told this in our schools so that we don’t catch on: the environmentalist extremists are in a cult. A virtue cult.
[Bonus: why is Christianity not a cult? This would take more explanation to really lay out, but basically a cult CANNOT have you examining its tenets, or questioning authority. In my church, we have The Bible, and leadership, but NO AUTHORITY. You either investigate, explore, ask questions, and accept Jesus ON YOUR OWN TERMS, or you don’t , and we pray that you will, one day. We do not require you to attend church, to tithe, to listen to any preaching, etc. We invite you to learn yourself, with good instructors, and reflect on what you are hearing. IOW: we are very much an open system, regarding our substantiation of our beliefs. We DO have a clear set of beliefs – you cannot change them much, and still claim to be a “Christian.” But, you can – there is no one who will run you down or sue you. Because it is an open deal. We are not afraid of difficult questions or of skeptics. In my church, and among the many Christians I know, there are many who have gone on to teach themselves how to read Hebrew so they CAN investigate scripture on their own. There are those who have gone on to study Egyptology, or Ancient Near East history so they can explore and figure things out; it is NOT a closed system, where dissent cannot be tolerated. How are we like a cult? We have a definite world view, and we believe there is good, and evil, and ignorant. And, we believe in educating others – but not in the way a cult does. And, if a “Christian” adopts Christianity along the lines of this cult process, their life experiences will not go well, and they will fall off the wagon, eventually – i.e., if family simply urges “believe, or be evil.”]

RACookPE1978
Editor
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
April 14, 2018 5:52 pm

TheLastDemocrat
Well-written. Thank you.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
April 14, 2018 6:05 pm

Is this your blog, LastDemocrat?
Why so quiet for so long, when you write so well?

TheLastDemocrat
Reply to  daveburton
April 17, 2018 6:34 am

Hi – Thanks, Dave. I have a lot of skills and abilities, but operating a blog is not one of them. I tried, but could not figure out how to get menus, shortcuts, etc.
Also, I know I reach a much bigger audience by judiciously dropping relevant comments on sites like WUWT, where many readers will take in the bit of information, judiciously, along with the opinions of all of the other two-bit arm-chair Monday-morning-quarterback know-it-alls.

joelobryan
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
April 14, 2018 6:26 pm

”… once the cult member gets challenged, and gets feet held to the fire, they create a huge emotional tantrum, and fly off in a huff – all the while labelling you as the unreasonable, emotional one.”
Flight from rationality that impairs personal relations that otherwise should matter. A mental illness symptom.

Smart Rock
Reply to  joelobryan
April 14, 2018 7:31 pm

Good analysis, Last Democrat but IMHO you miss the point of the cult. Cults are started, organized and led by men, they have to be charismatic to suck people in, and their ultimate purpose is that they, the leader(s) get to boff all the chicks (I’m not trying to be humorous BTW, this is a serious observation). Any religious content is window dressing.
In that sense, AGW is not a cult, or yes it is a sort of cult but without the charismatic leaders (charisma is not a word that comes to mind when looking at Mann, Gore, Lewandowsky etc.). It feeds on guilt, it promotes guilt, as all the best religions do, and it provides a source for the guilt that some people seem to need and in the post judaeo-christian world there’s critical shortage of guilt, or rather there’s a lot of guilt looking for a place to park itself. AGW gives the true believer all kinds of good things to be guilty about, and those who really, REALLY need guilt, they can wallow in it until they hate themselves for just being alive. Without knowing a thing about poor David Buckel, I can speculate that he was one of these.
I seem to recall that self-immolation was common among buddhist priests in Viet Nam in the 1960s, protesting against the US presence there. I hope it doesn’t catch on among the warmists.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  joelobryan
April 14, 2018 8:26 pm

Smart Rock: Just for the record, the buddhist priests in Viet Nam who immolated themselves were coked to the gills on opium. Imitators in the US were not told this and unnecessarily died horrible deaths as a result.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
April 14, 2018 6:46 pm

Sure seems like the actions of someone mentally-ill.
Cult…of one? Unless this becomes a regular happening, it is just one sick individual.

Annie
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
April 14, 2018 11:38 pm

Excellent comment.

Editor
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
April 15, 2018 8:44 am

Very nice comment.

April 14, 2018 5:38 pm

Waste of perfectly good fossil fuel if you ask me…

Mjw
Reply to  0x01010101
April 14, 2018 6:24 pm

Are you suggesting he should have bought a gigantic magnifying glass and left the sun to do its work.

joelobryan
Reply to  Mjw
April 14, 2018 7:08 pm

Yes, Let the climate cultists climb up on top of the Ivanpah central tower at noon in June.

Reply to  Mjw
April 14, 2018 7:40 pm

0x01010101 is correct.
The suicider chose a flashy horribly painful exit method.
A very risky suicide method, to boot!
Any alert passerby with a fire extinguisher could have ended the flames, saved his life and left him painfully maimed for life.
Passerby’s do not even need a fire extinguisher; wrapping the victim in a coat and rolling them can extinguish the flames.
Choosing a flashy method, may be to make a statement; but the flashy method isn’t convincing when the suicide victim claims everyone allegedly will suffer the same fate.
There is a gulf of difference between self immolating and enduring a few degree temperature increase sometime in the future.
Why the flashy exit, then? Some final fifteen minutes of fame? Maybe.
Perhaps it was emulating self immolating monks?
I suspect the flames were a message to someone(s) specific.
We may never know if there was some family member, employer or lover involved in this suicide.
The sheer pain of burning alive could be a martyr complex; where the suicide victim insists on a very painful self punishment. Again, a maybe.
A far more efficient and effective method would have used car exhaust; or virtually any undiluted fossil fuel engine exhaust.
More effective, quieter, very efficient and without the risk that someone would put the fire out, leaving an almost suicide victim in painful burn treatment traction for months.
Car exhaust would not endanger nearby people, trees, pets and waterways (floating gasoline)

Jacob Frank
Reply to  0x01010101
April 15, 2018 1:34 pm

Cold

afonzarelli
April 14, 2018 5:41 pm

One has to wonder how prevelent suicide over climate change is. (or, for that matter, people killing themselves because they’re sick and tired of climate change alarmism) It’s difficult to believe that this sort of thing is an isolated case…

Hugs
Reply to  Latitude
April 15, 2018 2:20 am

Fffkt! What an outcome from all the public climate p0m and panic. The greens should stop now the immoral raising of hatred and self-hatred.
I don’t remember seeing this case documented. Partly it is good, since suicides are copycatted, but partly it is so wrong since greens should be told what they cause to weaker people.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Latitude
April 15, 2018 9:56 am

IIRC, there have been other warmist suicides and suicide attempts in the past.—maybe half a dozen.

MarkW
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 15, 2018 6:38 am

I don’t know any, but I have read of people who have decided not to have children because of what they believe regarding climate change.
A form of cultural suicide.

TheLastDemocrat
Reply to  MarkW
April 17, 2018 6:50 am

On the old show, “All in the Family,” season 5, show 7, “Gloria’s Shock,” the Bunkers’ daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Mike “Meathead,” have conflict because she wants to have kids, and Mike, the progressive character, does not want to drag another human being into this polluted planet.
Rant at 12 minutes –

Tim Beatty
April 14, 2018 5:42 pm

Sadly, this is the outcome and/or genesis of the “sky is falling” syndrome. Regardless of your view of Glabal Warming, the view of humanity is one of life and survival. Whether the planet warms or cools, humanity is not killing itself and the rhetoric that one side or the other is causing death or desiring it is a big problem with the debate.

John anthony
Reply to  Tim Beatty
April 14, 2018 6:18 pm

Too much cool aid,like Jim Jones followers. There will be more.

Ross King
Reply to  John anthony
April 14, 2018 6:25 pm

John Anthony …. Bring ’em on!

April 14, 2018 5:48 pm

“How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened!”
– Thos. Jefferson, 1816
Lies kill. David Buckel’s blood is on the hands of everyone who has hyped the climate scare beyond what the evidence warrants.
Mark Baumer is also dead because of the Climate Warriors’ lies. He died, not intentionally, but because he took risks with his life, on a fool’s errand, to “raise awareness of climate change.”
Eight year old Friday Mukamperezida also died because of those same lies. He was sick in bed when when his home was burned down to make room for a carbon offset tree plantation in Uganda.
Worse yet was the case of Francisco Lotero & Miriam Coletti. They shot themselves and their children, because of their despair over global warming, because they believed the alarmists’ apocalyptic lies. Miraculously, one of their children survived.
Climate alarmism and “climate mitigation” killed those people, and are killing many others, but a lot of radicalized Climate Warriors just don’t care very much. They think of humanity as a blight on the planet, and wish that a large percentage of the Earth’s population would just die and “reduce the surplus population,” anyhow. For example, here’s the first comment on an article at The Independent Online (UK), by one of those Climate Warriors:
http://sealevel.info/climate_activist_misanthropy_01.png
Ironically, “climate mitigation” is also doing immense environmental damage. For instance, the United States now has about 50 million acres devoted to growing Roundup-Ready monoculture corn for producing “renewable energy” (ethanol), to “mitigate climate change.” That’s more than the entire land area of the nine (9) smallest States in the United States, combined. It is an environmental disaster — caused, not by climate change, but by ill-considered efforts to mitigate climate change.
Worse even than the individual and environmental tragedies is the human toll when tens of thousands of people are made destitute because “climate friendly” and “renewable energy” policies turn their homes and gardens into monoculture palm oil plantations for making biofuels. Some of those people do not survive.
The same is true of people whose food is priced beyond their means to pay, because ever-increasing portions of the world’s grain and edible oils are being burned as fuel, to meet renewable energy goals. Even in relatively prosperous Europe the human cost of climate alarmism is heavy. Thousands there are dying because they can’t afford to pay the very high prices of “renewable” energy, to heat their homes:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fuel-poverty-killed-15000-people-last-winter-10217215.html
Here’s a German article, google-translated to rough English:
http://www.sealevel.info/Energie_Die_grosse_Stromluge_Warum_Strom_zum_Luxus_wird-FOCUS_Online-Google_translated.html
Translated title:
“‘The big current lie’: Why electricity becomes luxury”
Excerpt:

“In 2014, there were about 40,000 winter deaths in Europe because millions of people were no longer able to pay their electricity bills – so-called energy poverty now accounts for about ten percent of almost all Europeans. Over the past eight years, electricity [cost] in Europe has risen by an average of 42 percent…”

Some people “get it,” though. The Climategate whistleblower was one of them. He (or she) was motivated by his understanding of the tragic cost of climate lies. He wrote:

‘Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.’
‘Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.’
‘One dollar can save a life’ — the opposite must also be true.
‘Poverty is a death sentence.’
‘Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.’
Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on hiding the decline.

Reply to  daveburton
April 14, 2018 7:38 pm

daveburton
Excellent post – thank you.

Mickey Reno
April 14, 2018 5:59 pm

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this poor, sad man.
These days, I’m happy when a suicide involves only the death of the one person who wants to die, and the victim doesn’t feel the faddish need to make a name by taking other, innocent people with him. There have been so many mass shootings, terrorist bombings, truck attacks and knifings where the suicide is secondary and the killing of as many innocents as possible is primary. Motivations for a high body count vary, of course, but an extra body count of 0 is always good. So on that score, good for him and his discretion. There is at least some dignity there. If that sounds harsh to people’s ears, I’m sorry, but it needs to be said. We should try to celebrate the discretion and “restraint” of solo suicides, IMO, so that this private, solo, individual example, horrible though it may be, might be emulated over other examples where innocents are also killed.

Clay Sanborn
April 14, 2018 6:03 pm

Best regards to his family and friends; this is surely a hard thing for them.
Fossil fuels are the greatest boon to mankind’s history. We now have the highest standard of living the world has ever known. Even many poor people today live in better conditions than past Kings and Queens – think on-call heating and air conditioning, electricity, and modern conveniences, like refrigeration, that we take for granted. Fossil fuels helped the Allies defeat the Axis partners in WWII, and now fossil fuels continue to provide energy, plastics, and other materials and benefits for advancements in medicine and technology, and standards of living. Praise God (of the Bible) for His provision.

April 14, 2018 6:03 pm

This tragedy is 100% the responsibility of the purveyors of the propaganda that produced it.

MarkW
Reply to  Steve Case
April 15, 2018 6:42 am

If he was truly mentally ill, he would have found a cause to die for eventually.
Climate Change is currently the most fadish.

Neo
April 14, 2018 6:17 pm

This is “one” possible solution, but I don’t recommend it

Mjw
April 14, 2018 6:21 pm

One down, how many million to go.

Bear
April 14, 2018 6:26 pm

Sad but better that he took his own life rather than killing others in the name of his ideology. Frankly, given the rhetoric of the CAGW fanatics, I’m amazed that someone hasn’t been assassinated to “save the world from CO2”.

Reply to  Bear
April 14, 2018 7:16 pm

The Unabomber assassinated some folks.

Bear
Reply to  daveburton
April 15, 2018 7:05 am

True, though I was thinking more along the lines of an assassination of a well known skeptic who is a public figure. I won’t mention names since I’m not about to give anyone a target.

Ve2
Reply to  Bear
April 14, 2018 11:19 pm

How many millions have they starved to death by forcing up the price of grain with their bio-fuel crap, not to mention the ban on DDT and malaria.

Hugs
Reply to  Ve2
April 15, 2018 10:51 am

I love it when greenies say DDT was NOT banned. Right, I go and buy some, then, as it was not banned, right? The ban, which is real, caused real deaths which greenies never admit. Slimebags.

Hot under the collar
April 14, 2018 6:36 pm

Very sad that anyone’s mind can be disturbed that much by hype that it should literally result in a death cult. : (

BobM
April 14, 2018 6:42 pm

Because this is a climate blog, and he specified his demise was due to “fossil fuels”, everyone here is far too invested and focused on the wrong thing. The fact is, ALL Darwin Award winners are tragic characters, with the cast ranging from incompetently stupid, invoking hilarity, to mentally ill, invoking more humane responses.
All Greens such as him are to various degrees mentally ill. My condolences to his family, whom I suspect are not that surprised.

WXcycles
Reply to  BobM
April 14, 2018 8:09 pm

Agreed Bob, that was my first thought too, he was particularly vulnerable to obsession and overloading and over-reacting to doomer bunk and greenie drivel. However, pointing out why he became so fatalistic through greenie over-concern, may assist others to steer clear of the extremes of the climate-change neurosis. Genuine Darwin-Award people will always die due to dumb choices, though. Do people like this guy fantasise obsessively that their feeble idiotic act of ‘martyrdom’ will trigger global change and bestow iconic ‘hero’ status?
Yup.
Will it?
Nope.
He’lll be plowed-in and totally forgotten—no problem at all.
Unless he wins a Darwin-Award …

ozspeaksup
Reply to  WXcycles
April 15, 2018 3:34 am

the Martyr thing WILL get airtime..
wait just a tiny while for the warmists to begin their “he cared so much etc etc ” campaigns..and fundraise using him as the excuse

gbaikie
April 14, 2018 6:46 pm

I would make sure, that he wasn’t murdered.

dahun
April 14, 2018 6:59 pm

Many times it is impossible to discuss things with people today or perhaps it has been forever. Very often any reasoned explanation given to another results in a salvo of memorized (or brainwashed) dogma. Rather than an intelligent exchange of ideas it seems to be perfectly acceptable to attack another’s intelligence and repeat slogans rather than be troubled with actually listening to someone else’s opinions or what they suggest as facts. When groups of like minded individuals glom together and reinforce the same idea they become reduced to human lemmings where group pressure allows not even the slightest deviation from the group theology. This man obviously was an extreme example. He accepted the ‘green’ philosophy and convinced himself or was convinced by others that the world was ending and everything was hopeless because every human being didn’t believe as he did. He believed this so fervently that he felt he felt he was the problem and was willing to end his life. We look back on history and ask how so many millions could believe Hitler, Stalin, Chairman Mao or Al Gore but sadly it happens.

Greg Cavanagh
April 14, 2018 7:00 pm

Clearly a sad and foolish move by him. We can at least thank him that he didn’t take his family with him, which happens all too often.
it’s surprising that someone so smart could be so taken in by a lie that is, to be honest, quite easy to see through. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he was so self-righteous, self-centred that he wouldn’t dare challenge even his own beliefs. A very sad outcome, and truly sad for his family and friends who now have to bear his burden.

Pablo an ex Pat
April 14, 2018 7:08 pm

I am saddened by this. I believe in the scientific method and the not post modern science. I hope that I would have helped to talk him round from this. Possibly not. Ouch for him and his.

Hoyt Clagwell
April 14, 2018 7:13 pm

I’ve never understood (and probably never will) how it is that setting yourself on fire, starving yourself, blocking an intersection, or just being a general nuisance, is supposed to get people to support your cause. How is being obnoxious, or just noxious productive in any way?

Editor
April 14, 2018 7:34 pm

Darwin +1

Reply to  David Middleton
April 14, 2018 8:54 pm

He showed us.

Javier
Reply to  David Middleton
April 14, 2018 9:16 pm

Darwinism only works if the selection is done before reproduction for an individual that was likely to reproduce. It is not the survival of the fittest, as usually told, but the reproduction of the fittest. Darwin was poorly understood. Once an individual has finished reproducing and is no longer required for his progeny survival, or has chosen not to reproduce, there is no natural selection involved. His life or death becomes irrelevant for his species evolution. That’s one of the reasons we don’t live longer. There is no reproductive advantage from living longer.

Ve2
Reply to  Javier
April 14, 2018 11:21 pm

Hey, I’m 73 and can still get the leg over.

Jones
Reply to  Javier
April 14, 2018 11:22 pm

You are assuming of course that he wouldn’t have reproduced again at some point.

Jones
Reply to  Javier
April 14, 2018 11:24 pm

Oops, soz Ve,
You beat me by seconds….. You ARE vigorous chap!!!

Reply to  Javier
April 15, 2018 4:20 am

Well then… Lamarck +1

Cold in Wisconsin
April 14, 2018 7:39 pm

They first convinced many smart, healthy people not to have kids. That was unfortunate, but ok, their choice. Self limiting perhaps, as there will likely be less liberals in the next generation, but still ok. The next step is actually proposing that people euthanize themselves to save the planet. If society is ok with that, I hope that they will make it less painful and messy for the people who want to go. Personally I am against it, but I see this as the next logical step of their crusade.
This case is truly tragic, and those who promote the idea of CAGW as a crisis should be forced to experience a true crisis. It is a rich, self-important, first world crisis that does not compare in any way to every true human crisis that we see everyday. Logic and rationality are lost and replaced with crazy, irrational drama. So sad.

RAH
April 14, 2018 7:45 pm

Well they’re the sane and normal ones! We who do not believe are the extremist reactionary radicals you know!
You know usually those that believe in the 97% like to do things in large groups.

WXcycles
Reply to  RAH
April 14, 2018 8:11 pm

Koolaide?

harry buttle
April 14, 2018 7:47 pm

wow, he’d have left two carbon footprints…

Dr Deanster
April 14, 2018 7:48 pm

As I recall, a court just found a young lady guilty in a trial where she encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide. …… may be time for the mentally ill leftist driving this CAGW drivel to answer some questions about the effects their lies and propaganda are having on people.
Seems to me there is no question that the Alarmist are complicit in this poor fellows unfortunate, and untimely death.

R2Dtoo
Reply to  Dr Deanster
April 15, 2018 12:30 pm

Maybe it is time for the sociologists and psychologists to study the effect of doom and gloom environmentalism on the attitudes of young people. There may well be an association between fatalism and drug use, gang membership and the lack of personal responsibility. Too much free stuff allows survival, but may lead to lack of personal worth. The opioid epidemic, legalizing weed and ease of groupthink all could be involved. The old justification was “here for a good time, not a long time”.

Geoff Sherrington
April 14, 2018 7:52 pm

Did he follow the words in the WUWT sidebar?
“Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you.”
Geoff

Ben Gunn
April 14, 2018 8:02 pm

36.000 people in the UK died in 2016/2017 winter conditions because they can’t afford the fuel to keep warm. Even a labor MP admits to that: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/13/liberal-mp-says-people-will-die-of-cold-because-renewable-energy-drives-up-fuel-prices
Frankly I no longer feel a wit of sympathy and someone should sue his estate and donate the money to what ever organization helps the people who can no longer afford their heating bills because the EU’s version of democrats want to ruin the landscape with their stupid windmills. Good riddance is my thought.

April 14, 2018 8:40 pm

Just as people have become addicted to dopamine reward pathway stimulation from daily social media usage, people have become addicted to dopamine reward pathway stimulation from daily selective moral outrage.
This addict died from an overdose.

April 14, 2018 8:51 pm

Into The Fire
by Thirteen Senses
(and fossil fuel)

hunter
Reply to  Max Photon
April 15, 2018 12:05 pm

+10

Javier
April 14, 2018 9:01 pm

Most people that commit suicide either have a serious mental condition, or are in a very desperate situation, or both. As such the suicide note was probably a lie and the real cause was other. No doubt he wanted his death to be used politically to advance his anti-fossil fuel advocacy in a pathetic final gesture. It is pretty disturbing that people go to such extremes to defend their beliefs, and not too different from suicide bombers, except that more civilized and less damaging to others. If he really cared about CO2 levels he should have chosen a different method and requested to be buried instead of going up in flames.

BobM
Reply to  Javier
April 15, 2018 3:32 pm

“and requested to be buried instead of going up in flames.”
Actually, many people decide to not be buried and choose “going up in flames” instead. They just usually make sure they’re already dead.
I just can’t fathom what he thought he was doing. Perhaps he was thinking of the Buddhist monks immolating themselves in Viet Nam? Again, condolences to his family.

Javier
Reply to  BobM
April 15, 2018 3:55 pm

Actually, many people decide to not be buried and choose “going up in flames” instead.

They shouldn’t if they believe atmospheric CO2 levels are a problem. Proper burial is the adequate carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution. I guess incineration prohibition might happen if this pesky CO2 keeps rising.

peanut gallery
April 14, 2018 9:02 pm

I’m not gonna bite. This is a set-up to elicit crass remarks from the opposition. Even IF it was an actual suicide, it points to the point that other opinions and logic not matter to these people.

spookyben523
April 14, 2018 9:10 pm

You have to wonder why, if he was so ‘woke’ concerning CAGW, that he chose a way out with such a large carbon footprint.
As sad as it is it reeks of performance art.

April 14, 2018 9:15 pm

People using fossil fuels arrived to try to save him, but were too late.

April 14, 2018 9:15 pm

The sad suicide of Adolf Hitler, June 2nd, 1934.
The terribly sad suicide of Joseph Stalin, December 18th, 1904.
The unbelievably sad suicide of Mao Zedong, February 3rd, 1943.
The world devastatingly sad suicide of Pol Pot, March 23rd, 1959.
People who do bad things, bring bad things to life, help the enemies of civilization do not really rate sad statements when they leave this world. While this guy is not on par with the above people, who would have left our world far better off if they had offed themselves in advance of the greatest destructive activities they are known for, the man was part and parcel of the movement that would cause even far worse upon humankind than even those 4 individuals who were responsible for the deaths of as many as 160,000,000 human lives.
And by the way, you are doing him a service by spreading his message on your blog. It is your blog, do what you want. But I certainly would not have given him the coverage if I were in your position.

michael hart
April 14, 2018 9:32 pm

Yes, it is truly sad. But cAGW, as widely reported in the media, thrives on spreading the mantra of imminent environmental doom and disaster. Such continuous inculcation of messages of despair among the vulnerable will inevitably produce some victims like David Buckel. It is not in bad taste to point this out. He is a victim of the environmental-alarm movement, and there are people in the catastrophic global-warming industry who are culpable.

michael hart
Reply to  michael hart
April 14, 2018 9:42 pm

And I can also name organisations and people who are responsible for spreading a low regard for human life. The BBC were doing it a few days ago:

“What’s the best thing you can do to help save the environment? ”
-‘I’m not having children because I want to save the planet’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-43699464/i-m-not-having-children-because-i-want-to-save-the-planet

April 14, 2018 9:42 pm

He picked the wrong gas.
What did him in was O₂

Pierre Vallieres
April 14, 2018 9:44 pm

Not sad at all, better him than me, but then I am a sceptic, so I will continue living and use the fossil fuels to assure myself that my family will not freeze in winter and that the Air Conditioner is working well in summer time, all thanks to fossil fuels. If he is that sicko, someone should have put him in the looney bin long ago,

EternalOptimist
April 14, 2018 10:39 pm

There is a section of the cagw chorus that do not believe the hype but believe the end justfies the means. Its worth while invoking the bogey man in order to achieve a green paradise. These are the ones who are knowingly lying, they have blood on their hands.

J Mac
April 14, 2018 10:58 pm

Another perverse expression of the human condition, letting ones negative thoughts and irrational fears become the basis for self destruction.
May God have mercy on his tortured soul….

brians356
April 14, 2018 11:06 pm

When I read the headline, I suspected perhaps it was weepy, histrionic Bill McKibben.

drednicolson
April 14, 2018 11:07 pm

Death is no solution to the problems of life.

Nash
Reply to  drednicolson
April 14, 2018 11:45 pm

Actually Greens advocate death or destruction of human beings as necessity to save the planet. This guy takes it to heart

Fredar
Reply to  Nash
April 15, 2018 2:58 am

Kill all humans? Please, what humans have done doesn’t compare to what Mother Nature has done. Have you read history books? Countless extinctions, massive natural disasters, huge waste of life. Before we take ourselves out, I recommend we first put Nature on trial. Besides, even if we manage to kill humans, nature and evolution will guarantee that some other species will rise up. Do you want intelligent cats destroying the planet? Only way to save the planet is to destroy it! It will be hard, but we must do it. Is is the right thing to do. For the planet! Kill the planet!

Louis
April 14, 2018 11:10 pm

Climate change did not kill David Buckel. Climate change propaganda did.

Dire Wolf
April 14, 2018 11:38 pm

Hysterical global warming propaganda, repeated endlessly by nuts and hustlers for years on end, so twisted the man’s mind that he killed himself in a gory display of personal depravity.
People cannot unsee or unknow what this sick man did to himself. I find it hard to feel sympathy for someone who seemed to want to hurt others by harming himself so publicly. It does not make global warming theory any more credible.

Coeur de Lion
April 14, 2018 11:41 pm

Murdered by the Greenies

Scarface
April 14, 2018 11:42 pm

People in his activist surroundings must have seen this coming. Why did no one stop him?
The end justifies the means? In that case I hope those people will be trialled for this.

RACookPE1978
Editor
Reply to  Scarface
April 15, 2018 12:19 am

Like the Buddist monks in Vietnam who assisted in burning their fellows – which this action was likely intended to emulate in the world press! – his fellow cultist probably did know about (or suspected it) and either actively assisted him, or benignly ignored it and did not try to get him professional help, or discouraged him getting help but encouraged his deepening depression and anger. Which, given liberal psychiatry today, may not have helped at all.
Other sites tracking this individual claim he is an activist, a very liberal lawyer active in the homosexual movement. Loss of power in the US government (from being the center of every group in Washington to being rejected in every one of his lifestyle choices) is near-certainly a trigger.

LewSkannen
April 14, 2018 11:49 pm

I think it is time we recognized that this whole AGW cultist belief is becoming more and more dangerous by the day.

Robert W Turner
April 14, 2018 11:50 pm

More proof that it’s a cult.

willhaas
April 15, 2018 12:20 am

It was so very sad that he was taken in by all of the hype. But the reality is that the climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has not control. There is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and plenty of scientific rational to support the idea the the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. The AGW conjecture depends upon the existence of a radiant greenhouse effect caused by trace gases with LWIR absorption bands. Such a radiant greenhouse effect has not been observed in a real greenhouse, in the Earth’s climate system or anywhere else in the solar system for that mater. The radiant greenhouse effect is nothing but science fiction. Hence the AGW conjecture is nothing but science fiction. The guy was taken in by science fiction and because of it suffered a painful horrible death. His action cannot possible have any effect on climate change.

Ed Zuiderwijk
April 15, 2018 12:25 am

The message in the bottle could just be a ruse to cover up a murder. Other wise, a suicide, women deciding to not have children to ‘save the planet’ and the Lewandowskis who want to sacrifice others for the cause . The goddess Gaia has some seriously challenged customers.

Brian Adams
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
April 15, 2018 12:44 am

I’ve said before I wish those preaching supreme sacrifice to save Mother Earth would start by sacrificing themselves, but I never intended to be taken literally. Sheesh.

Fredar
Reply to  Brian Adams
April 15, 2018 3:06 am

Killing ourselves to “save the planet” sounds illogical. Even if we manage to do it, Mother Nature and evolution will just raise another species. Next we have cats “destroying the planet”. The difference will be that they won’t give a shit. They will rule as supreme leaders of Earth and destroy anything that opposes them. All this of course pales in comparison to what Mother Nature has herself done.
“What a book a devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!” -Charles Darwin

Fredar
Reply to  Brian Adams
April 15, 2018 3:10 am

“The planet has been through a lot worse than us; been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate techtonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles, hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages – and we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?” – George Carlin
The planet will survive just fine. It’s contradictory how we praise the resilience of life and then complain how fragile it is. Ultimately it’s Mother Nature who will eventually destroy the planet and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

Brian Adams
April 15, 2018 12:41 am

Odd, ain’t it? I searched CNN News’ web site, there is not trace of this story there. I believe the MSM will quash it, as it shines light on several unflattering aspects of the AGW hoax.

4TimesAYear
April 15, 2018 1:09 am

Are they sure it was suicide? Activists have a tendency to do this type of thing in front of crowds to gain as much attention as possible.

Leo Smith
April 15, 2018 1:28 am

What a staggering waste of a life, and laid firmly at the door of the alaramists.
Even if he was a green snoflake and a lawyer.

Jimmy Haigh
April 15, 2018 1:44 am

Ironic way to go…

April 15, 2018 2:17 am

I was reluctant to write on this thread – it is too easy to take a cheap shot, hand out a Darwin Award, etc. Let’s not.
First, condolences to the families and loved ones who grieve at their terrible loss.
Next, a reflection on the needless waste of a life, apparently of a good, decent, if troubled man.
Finally, a comment on false global warming alarmism, the alleged cause of this man’s suicide:
There is NO credible evidence that Earth is warming dangerously due to increasing atmospheric CO2 – NONE!
Those who preach this climate nonsense have largely done so for personal gain – and it is the greatest fraud, in dollar terms, in the history of humanity. We have known this reality for several decades. Richard S. Lindzen of MIT wrote the following, published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, June 11, 2001:
“Science, in the public arena, is commonly used as a source of authority with which to bludgeon political opponents and propagandize uninformed citizens. This is what has been done with both the reports of the IPCC and the NAS. It is a reprehensible practice that corrodes our ability to make rational decisions.”
These global warming lies also kill innocent people – not just the late Mr. David Buckel, but millions more who have died due to the forced imposition of costly green energy schemes that are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy.
We are being governed by scoundrels and imbeciles, and the late Mr. Buckel is just one of their many victims.
Regards to all, Allan

April 15, 2018 2:24 am

Sorry, tap, tap, sympathy meter appears to be stuck on zero.
“One day, the entire adult population of an idyllic world awakes with a shared vision of a unknown disaster about to end their civilization. After long consultations with the mystic elders, they all agree on the truth of this vision and are resigned to their fate. That night one couple, wishing to spare their children this horror, kill them painlessly in their sleep. The next morning, they awake to an intact world, but find that all the parents in their world have done exactly the same. Vision fulfilled.”
Then again, “The Songs of Distant Earth” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEfJRXL3kJU
HUMANS, never, ever, give up.

hunter
Reply to  Mike Borgelt
April 15, 2018 12:09 pm

Disturbing but credible scenario, given how foolish all too many people are.

richard
April 15, 2018 2:29 am

I haven’t read the comments so sorry for the repetition if one. I feel an anger at the lies spouted that has led to this man taking his life. Add on the rules and regulations which are holding back third world countries, the useless biofules that made food more expensive for third world countries. Truly an malign type of person pushing this idiocy.

mikewaite
April 15, 2018 2:37 am

There must be more to this story than simply depression over AGW.
If anything environmental activists should be delighted with the way everything is moving in their preferred political and economic direction . By contrast it is the sceptics, deprived of a voice in MSM, in political parties and in any of the Parliaments or senates houses in the western world who should be suicidal.
I certainly am after reading some of the comments from the UK Govt recently .
Putting together the information from recent news stories on Paul Homewood’s site, concerning the UK drive to all- electric cars by 2030, and 80% renewables by the same date, with the Govt preference for on- shore wind farms, and knowing that solar contribution in winter months is insignificant, the 34% capacity factor for wind to make up the 230GW required means that 20% of the available non urban land in England and Wales will have to be sacrificed for wind farms and power lines.
Goodbye to the green and pleasant land, to National Parks, Green Belts around cities. And that must happen because there is no opposition to it.
Now that is truly depressing.

Fredar
April 15, 2018 2:52 am

What a waste. Climate alarmism seems more dangerous than the actual climate change. Green alarmists should answer for this.
Weird that he used fossil fuels to kill himself. Doesn’t that contribute to climate change he believed in? So, thanks for making it worse for the rest of us, I guess? Maybe i’m going to commit suicide by drinking too much water, thus showing to everyone how water is danger to us all.

Peta of Newark
April 15, 2018 3:02 am

Too many people and they are all= want want want.
If its not money they want, its things that they want you to do, or especially not do.
You have less and less control day by day by day.
e.g. Tony Blair, inside 10 years and while Prime Minister, tripled the size of the UK Statute Book.
Since it was created in 1215, Blair tripled the number of crimes you are able to commit
What Matt Ridley recently wrote about in his piece “The Censorious Society”
It is very stressful. Having all this technology watching you, recording everything you do, everything you say, who you say it to, everywhere you are, when you were there.
And if its not generating automatic fines for trivial offences it’s bombarding you either Doom & Gloom or appeals to buy endless junk junk and more junk.
Assuming suicide, what this guy did became his only way to regain control.
Like my younger brother back in 1987, although of course farmers as he was, along with doctors and veterinarians, are the Top Three groups of people who fall foul of suicide.
Wonder why that is…….
Fortunately, most people have worked out a way to handle the stress.
The use sugar
and booze
and cannabis
and opiates
and… Trash TV
and…..nicotine
and….. (what’s *your* poison? Coffee maybe)
and…… the Government Machine (scientists and doctors) say that that is good.
After all, we NEED glucose for ‘energy’ don’t we?
See all the tax revenue tobacco and booze create
And only folks who were gonna go nuts anyway use cannabis. yeah right
And booze is part of the mythical and wondrous Mediterranean Diet
What could possibly go wrong?
Age of first stroke— http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42871861
Loneliness— http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42887932
Opium— http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42452733
Sugar— https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/how-sugar-affects-your-body?
And then is half the world either pre, or actually, diabetic?
—– 2 thirds of Americans are. half of all Europeans and at least half the Chinese.
Look at the stress of managing *that* when you’re diagnosed positive
Is it any wonder that the only real growth industry in the Western World is- Healthcare.
and where was the healthcare system for this guy…..

lewispbuckingham
April 15, 2018 3:10 am

He must have been very anxious and depressed,feeling that his ‘cry’ was not being listened to.
Being intelligent is no defence against suicide, in my area of work it is the intelligent and compassionate that kill themselves, more than the detached intelligent, with proportionate in response compassion.
At least, if one happens to be Christian, my comment to the over compassionate is
‘Even Christ took 40 days off, if its good enough for Christ, it should be good enough for you’.
The fear of climate change, an inevitability however caused, has made some of my acquaintances on the streets over anxious.
When mentally ill and ‘psychically processing information’, particularly the current obsession with climate change, they can become more dysfunctional.
Responses vary from putting solar panels on the roof to blowing up coal fired power stations, from those who can, putting them in a position of ‘control’ of the ‘problem’, so in that sense, rational decisions which are sane.
For the mentally ill and poor there is no easy way out.
The problems are beamed to them , especially by our SBS and ABC carriers on the news, with lots of graphic pictures on other subjects, people being washed away by climate change and gassed babies in Syria with the threat of war, to quote two items on tonight’s SBS news in Australia.
When someone commits suicide we have the obligatory ‘beyond blue’ contact details, as if this solves the underlying problems.
The graphic publicity keeps churning out.
This man was trying all he could to solve the problems he saw.
He gardened and no doubt, defended or prosecuted green ideals.
As such he was true to himself.
However it seems , no one he felt listened.
So he defined his life and himself as a response to what others thought of him.
He felt totally useless and life futile.
My thought and prayers are with him and those who he left behind.
The person who felt she could have just dropped in the day before, and all would be well.
The man who had a great job for him at the gardens that could help, but it never happened.
His mentors and friends who told him he was worthwhile, and he never felt that mattered.
For all of us who are diminished by his death.

Dodgy Geezer
April 15, 2018 3:10 am

This was someone who truly believed that humanity was close to committing suicide as a species. There would have been no way to dissuade him otherwise. He had a moral imperative to follow.
You have a similar issue with abortion – one side believes that not allowing abortion is a fundamental oppression of females, while the other believes that it’s murder of babies.
Similarly in war – one of your soldiers who charges up a hill at a machine-gun post, or falls on a grenade to save a comrade is considered a hero. One of the enemy who does the same is considered a fanatic.
The only way to avoid this strange human failing seems to involve having no morals at all. Like me….

Brian Johnson uk
April 15, 2018 3:16 am

Sad for his family and sad that he won’t helped with his low mental state.
Apparently sudden prayers make God jump……. The reality is we only get one life and he threw his away and left his family in torment and guilt….. undeserved imho. Green policies will not save the Earth but stopping Climate Change grants to money grabbing Warmistas would be good for this Climate Deniers soul…

Brian Johnson uk
Reply to  Brian Johnson uk
April 15, 2018 3:18 am

Sad for his family and sad that he now won’t be helped with his low mental state.

Non Nomen
April 15, 2018 3:33 am

Alarmist scaremongering works, as we can clearly see.

Greg Woods
April 15, 2018 3:46 am

He was a truly brave man, leading by example…

Josephine Pasquarelli
April 15, 2018 4:00 am

Very sad that he felt so desolate. People are losing relatives and lifelong friends over politics and now their lives. He should have known at his age that things run in cycles and he did not need to protest in such an horrid fashion for his voice to be heard. Such a shame!

Gamecock
April 15, 2018 4:10 am

In his protest, he showed the usefulness of fossil fuels.

Wight Mann
April 15, 2018 4:17 am

The really sad thing is that this guy gave up his life to make a statement that will be forgotten by Tuesday….as it should. A wasted gesture.

Jim Heath
April 15, 2018 4:35 am

If there is life after death and he finally learns Global Warming is all a lie, he will be awfully annoyed.

John Garrett
April 15, 2018 5:07 am

This is the tragic but logical and predictable result of the self-hatred preached and proselytized by the irrational logic of the extreme environmentalists.

J.H.
April 15, 2018 5:21 am

Well that’s one way to solve an non issue with permanent solution…. What a miserable, small minded man, so wrapped up in his own self importance that he gave no thought to those who would find his stupidly charred remains.

Neil
Reply to  J.H.
April 15, 2018 5:41 am

Wow. Just.. wow. You truly think and believe that?
When the pain in that man’s life was so much greater than the pain of setting himself on fire, doesn’t that tell you he was in a truly bad place? He needed professional help. I don’t know why he didn’t seek help, or why none was offered. But he was suffering in a way I can’t comprehend, and he choose this because it represented the least painful solution to his pain.
Let that sink in for a second: Setting himself on fire to burn to death was the least painful path.
I feel sadness for this. For him. For the failures of the mental health system that didn’t – or couldn’t – help. For the people who found his remains. For his family and friends. This is a tragedy. His beliefs and “side of the argument” don’t matter; his pain and suffering did.

Reply to  Neil
April 15, 2018 12:58 pm

“Wow. Just.. wow. You truly think and believe that?”

“Let that sink in for a second: Setting himself on fire to burn to death was the least painful path.”
Pain killer overdose. Carbon monoxide poisoning. Being executed for mass murder. Hell, shooting yourself in the head would be less painful.
He burned on Earth, he can burn in hell. And no, I feel no desire to feel compassion for someone who would use the force of government to lower my standard of living for false reasons. Useful idiots, while not knowing of the falsity of their knowledge, enable those who do, and still represent a clear and present danger to freedom.

R. Shearer
Reply to  Neil
April 15, 2018 1:16 pm

You are making several assumptions, so I will also. When he felt the intense pain of his burning skin and he
could smell his own burning flesh, he could not breath anything but hot air devoid of oxygen, he experienced pain and fear like never before and he realized he had made a mistake.

Gamecock
Reply to  Neil
April 15, 2018 5:01 pm

“For the failures of the mental health system that didn’t – or couldn’t – help.”
Wut?
What is this “mental health system” you speak of, what is the failure you think it had? Is it supposed to know everyone’s state of mind, and to step in when there is a problem?
A creepy thought.

Grant
April 15, 2018 5:59 am

Why not do it in front of people or recording the event on Facebook live if your suicide is a protest? There is, of course, much more to this than meets the eye.

Just Jenn
April 15, 2018 6:00 am

No sarcasm:
Sad. Very sad. Taking the reasoning that he left at it’s face–a demonstration. But the loss of the life, when he did so much to convince the world of the equal rights of humanity, regardless of “morality”….that’s just a tragedy.
Whatever mental condition, be it anger turned inwards, or ego—the sad part is, he suffered. Horrendously suffered in the manner he chose his death.

arthur4563
April 15, 2018 6:05 am

I guess it’s sad that anyone can be this stupid – stupid for believing that the Earth is doomed, stupid for believing that his suicide has any meaning (no one thinks suicide is a smart or normal thing to do). Of course, anyone who believes transgenders/gays are normal can probably believe most anything.

Reply to  arthur4563
April 15, 2018 1:03 pm

“Of course, anyone who believes transgenders/gays are normal can probably believe most anything.”
They too are insane.

April 15, 2018 6:06 am

ow, that brought back memories (not the self immolation but the park). I grew up on Prospect Park West, crossed it to go to Ebbets Field to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers play, played baseball there often with my dad and uncles and brothers and later my high school friends, fished and road the peddle boats in the lake, got mugged, another time was beaten up and on another occasion had my life threatened. Starting with college, I became a country boy/man/old man.

Sara
April 15, 2018 6:07 am

When someone who means well does something like this, something that makes no sense to the rest of us, the excuses/reasons for it vary. The real reason is to have an ‘effect’ on “other’, whoever or whatever “other” may be, whether it was the war in Vietnam or the current ideology/cult of CAGWerism.
It is an entirely selfish thing to do, generated by anger turned inward. The “effect” is never what the suicide intended, nor have any of them ever seen the results or the real effects of what they did. It is the most selfish act possible.
The post about cults and how they warp the minds of their followers is on the money and I’m glad I read it. Cults feed on an emptiness in the souls of their targets.
My very real concern is that this may become more widespread, destroying the lives of people who could have done something worthwhile.
Now we will never know what this man could really have done with his life.

Alan Fintz
April 15, 2018 6:14 am

It is always difficult balancing the obligation to honor sacrifices for the greater good, with the need to guard against emulating needless self- immolation for an otherwise worthy cause. Media of all kinds — including social media — have a duty to limit the risk that any self-destructive symbolic act might prompt copy-cat gestures by others. We can, if we act wisely, walk that tightrope, and find ways to honor worthy goals, without encouraging more sensitive souls to deprive us of their essential gifts, in a world and at a time ever-more dominated by the more callous and less caring.
Let’s set examples for practical action on climate, that will make more sad, symbolic self-sacrifices unnecessary.

Reply to  Alan Fintz
April 15, 2018 1:06 pm

What is the worthy goal here? To cause billions of humans to die from exposure to the environment and starve to death on low nutrition low density farming?

Tom in Florida
April 15, 2018 6:17 am

He has done what we only ask of others, not necessarily to take your own life but to simply practice what you preach. If he so firmly believed in the evil done to the Earth by humans then he rightly removed himself as one of the causes.

April 15, 2018 6:18 am

One of the reasons why such suicide is wrong is that it is SELFISH & BULLYING with emotional blackmail
‘ Do what I say or I’ll smash your face in,
… oh I can’t do that, so I’m going to kill myself ..and that will be a punishment to YOU”
.. We should not give into such bullying
My commiseration to his relatives and friends, it’s pressure from the outside world that can drive people to such flawed logic.

Bruce Cobb
April 15, 2018 6:20 am

He sent letters out to the NYT, among others:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/nyregion/david-buckel-dead-fire.html
“Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather,” he wrote in the email sent to The Times. “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”
What delusional, and completely backwards thinking. Fossil fuels have made our lives better, not worse, and pollution is less of a problem now in the US, in large part because of fossil fuels creating a vibrant economy which has the means to do things to reduce real pollution.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 15, 2018 10:28 am

““Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather,” he wrote in the email sent to The Times. “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.””
Nothing about global warming in that. He seems from that to be a fan of renewable energy for another reason—pollution.

dmacleo
April 15, 2018 6:21 am

largest composting program in the country
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well, he’s halfway there to being compost. toss him in the pile now rotate often nothing left in few weeks

ResouceGuy
April 15, 2018 6:32 am

Where will the first climate Jonestown tragedy occur? Perhaps Oakland or Berkeley or maybe the NYT building

beng135
April 15, 2018 6:32 am

I don’t want to be insensitive, but this might be the result of the endless headlines of doom and despair on top of someone’s depression.

Jerry
April 15, 2018 6:33 am

Fossil fuel, or nuclear powered electricity would have been easier.

John
April 15, 2018 6:35 am

I gotta believe there was much more going on with him than just his CAGW beliefs.

Sweet Old Bob
April 15, 2018 6:46 am

IMO this should be taken as a warning . Shows how far some alarmists will go .
A short step away from murder . Beware those who use the ” D ” word …

April 15, 2018 7:00 am

We can conclude he was genuine, and not one of the climate hucksters. So, tricked by the unprincipled organisers of this fraud, he loses his life for no reason. More blood on their hands.

Editor
April 15, 2018 7:17 am

I think this is very, very sad. He was obviously a tormented soul who took his own life in a particularly distressing and painful way. We should add his death to the other 1000’s, possibly millions caused by the AGW myth. The money spent on foolish tidal projects, windmills etc could have supplied water to those who don’t have water and feeding those who do not have food. The high cost of renewable power and preventing cheap energy from shale gas being exploited has no doubt caused hypothermia in the elderly. Before I am accused of being charitable with other people’s money, that is not the case. If money is thrown away it should at least be thrown to relieve misery not as a vanity project for the Left leaning few based on dodgy “science”.

Greg61