‘Extinction Rebellion’ protesters block London bridges over climate change call

And to contrast with the French protesting too much climate mitigation policy, we have the [some in the] UK protesting not enough ~ctm

From Sky News

The demonstrators say human extinction is possible if world governments fail to do significantly more on climate change.

Around 1,000 people were estimated to be on Westminster Bridge

More than 70 people have been arrested in London after a protest which blocked five of the capital’s bridges to demand urgent action on climate change.

The group Extinction Rebellion staged a sit-in on Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark bridges.

Coordinated action took place at sites around the UK and the globally.

The largest crowds were on Westminster Bridge, with police keeping watch as protesters – some carrying banners – blocked the normally busy bridge.

Sky News reporter Phil Edwards said there were around 1,000 people taking part in the protest next to the Houses of Parliament. Organisers said more than 6,000 people were involved.

Dr Gail Bradbrook says ‘people need to take their heads out the sand’

Dr Bradbrook said blocking the bridges was necessary after other protests, marches and letters to MPs had achieved little.

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Tom Halla
November 18, 2018 8:16 pm

If perhaps Gail Bradbrook did serious time for malicious mischief and conspiracy, they might be a bit less prone to use such tactics.

commieBob
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 18, 2018 9:34 pm

What about those people who wasted all the tea by dumping it in the harbor? What should have been their punishment?

Dodgy Geezer
Reply to  commieBob
November 19, 2018 12:59 am

Drinking it all…..

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
November 19, 2018 3:48 pm

Yes. I am sure they failed to warm the harbour first!

Auto

mothcatcher
Reply to  commieBob
November 19, 2018 1:03 am

Were they caught, they would indeed have been punished. But they had no vote, so the democratic avenue was not open to them, and therefore a little more tolerance might be accorded.. I’ve often wondered, if it had not been for stupidity and ignorance in London, there might today be one transatlantic nation. Perhaps with its capital to the west of the pond.

Patrick Powers
Reply to  mothcatcher
November 19, 2018 9:05 am

The underlying issue was the very slow communication mechanisms that then existed between Britain and America which instead required a few inadequate people to make and then enforce rules and laws. Britain was ahead of its time at first and then unable to cope as the colonies expanded. Sad because a lot of lives were lost in the process.

Donald Boughton
Reply to  commieBob
November 19, 2018 5:13 am

I have always thought that the the Boston Tea Party were only half right,they should have dumped the
Coffee beans in the harbor as well. After all the coffee beans are used to make an equally nauseous
drink to that made with tea leaves. Yes I am a Brit that drinks neither Tea nor Coffee,Diet Coke is how
I get my daily caffeine fix.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Donald Boughton
November 19, 2018 9:51 am

You poor misguided person. Tea is God’s own drink, but Coffee is one of lifes greatest disappointment, smells great tastes awful but apparently contains antioxidants. Diet Coke is just naff. Drink tea is my advice.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
November 19, 2018 9:57 am

If one leaves coffee on a warmer too long, it does get bad, but Anglos in the US tended to drink what was almost water and called it coffee. Once upon a time, the only place to get reliably good coffee was Italian restaurants. Starbucks is grossly overpriced, but does make an attempt.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Donald Boughton
November 19, 2018 3:35 pm

Diet Coke is it own punishment.

MarkW
Reply to  commieBob
November 19, 2018 6:25 am

Had they been caught, they would have had to pay for the tea destroyed.

If you take the position that you can ignore the law if you feel strongly enough, then there is no law.
Even Gandhi and MLK were willing to accept the legal consequences for their actions.

Tom Halla
Reply to  commieBob
November 19, 2018 6:59 am

Oh, they knew they were doing a rebellious act. The rule of doing a rebellion is to win it. This was just the actions of a spoiled brat, who expects no retribution.

Robert of Texas
Reply to  commieBob
November 19, 2018 10:46 am

Liberals, and we are still being punished…

George Lawson
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 19, 2018 2:38 am

I t seems to me that this stupid woman Gail Bradbrook should be prosecuted for taking it upon herself to close five London bridges to support her ridiculous claims that human extinction is possible within her lifetime. Democracy does not exist in the eyes of these ridiculous people. Yes, let them have their outrageously stupid beliefs that the world is coming to an end, but no, they should have no rights whatsoever to bring a major part of London to a standstill in an endeavour to force people to accept their minority beliefs, and that they know better than the overwhelming majority of society. If the law does not currently exist to protect society from these nut cases then it is time that one is brought in by parliament, as their success on this occasion could lead to even greater disruptions of London in the future.

michael hart
Reply to  George Lawson
November 19, 2018 3:19 am

Laws do exist to deal with them. The problem is that they are rarely enforced rigorously. This is what has led to the sense of entitlement so commonly displayed in the green movements. They think it is OK to disrupt the lives and living of any amount of other people because they are not made to suffer appropriate legal consequences.

MarkG
Reply to  michael hart
November 19, 2018 6:57 am

The problem is that the government WANT to do what these idiots are demanding, therefore they won’t prosecute them. Had anti-idiocy protesters done the same, the government would have thrown the book at them.

The ‘Green’ movement in the UK is essentially just another branch of the government. Literally in some cases, as the government gives money to ‘green’ charities, or did a few years ago.

Ian Macdonald
Reply to  michael hart
November 19, 2018 7:36 am

This kind of greenie thinking has indeed penetrated so deeply into Scottish politics that the SNP take the advertising spiel of the wind turbine sellers at face value. I would ask them why, after all would they take similar claims by a soap powder manufacturer at face value? Or, a used car dealer?

On what basis do they assume that wind turbine marketers are somehow operating on a totally different level of trustworthiness than the rest of the sales brigade? It actually gets worse, because in the push for battery cars they now ARE literally taking the word of car salesmen at face value.

Maybe I should try to sell them a consignment of free energy magnet motors.

Westminster does seem to be a bit more level-headed though. They’re now requiring that windfarms meet their dispatchable energy claims.

Bill Powers
Reply to  michael hart
November 25, 2018 10:35 am

They are protesting a doomsday scenario “…if world governments fail to do significantly more on climate change.” When ironically “Governments doing more” will destroy the world economically and throw the world population into a new Dark Age by exponentially increasing danger for human kind due to the laws of Unintended Consequences, brought about by Governments spending other peoples money to enrich bureaucrats sucking from the Pork Barrel teat, all the while creating new problems attempting to resolve non-problems while the Propaganda Ministry (MSM) reports on new nonexistent dangers from the original non-problems,ignoring the new and very real problems that the Government is creating. Such is our collective madness in this Post-Modernist Age.

Bill In Oz
November 18, 2018 8:22 pm

Tis a new religion without any need for a god at all.

A hypothetical Gaia does instead.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  Bill In Oz
November 19, 2018 2:58 am

Gaia is (was?) a goddess.

The argument that all gods are hypothetical is not needed here in this case.

Patrick
Reply to  Richard of NZ
November 19, 2018 3:12 am

I remain of the opinion that these people commune with their idols quite frequently, that is, whenever they pass by a mirror.

WXcycles
Reply to  Bill In Oz
November 19, 2018 3:00 am

With a con-gregation of phoney concern-trolls.

Someone turn the gas off for a few months,

Iaan Macdonald
Reply to  Bill In Oz
November 19, 2018 7:46 am

They do have a symbol though. Not unlike the one the Romans used to nail people to.

I have a feeling that Gaia actually created us to release some of that sequestered CO2 from previous geological eras, because it was getting a mite hard for for her plants the breathe. If we go ‘100% renewable’ then she might just decide we are a failure and replace us with a species which will do the job properly. 😉

Patrick MJD
November 18, 2018 8:33 pm

Thick coats, woolly hats, gloves and scarves, lots of global warming going on there.

fred250
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 18, 2018 10:05 pm

And LOTS of acrylics, plastics etc.. all from fossil fuels.

I hope they all WALKED home, and didn’t just go back to their cars.

AS IF !!!

mothcatcher
Reply to  fred250
November 19, 2018 1:09 am

Few will have gone back to their cars. It is, for the most part, quite impractical to take a car into central London these days: massively expensive, if you can find a place to park at all. Maybe a bit easier Sundays. Many will have been bussed in from the provinces, and will return to the coaches.

Marcus
Reply to  mothcatcher
November 19, 2018 5:01 am

I’m sure they were all bussed in and out. These are not “spur of the moment” demonstrations.

Reply to  mothcatcher
November 19, 2018 9:52 am

Well I think it cost me £70 for half a day in the West End, earlier this year

But at least I didn’t have to use the sodding TUBE.

AKA DiseasesRUS

PaulH
Reply to  fred250
November 19, 2018 5:53 am

In the first photo, I see an individual carrying what looks like a professionally-made plastic-coated sign: “rebel for life” or something like that. Often these events attract the full-time professional protesters who what to pimp their own agendas.

drednicolson
Reply to  PaulH
November 19, 2018 10:21 am

Rebel For Any Cause You Got

gyan1
November 18, 2018 8:48 pm

Human extinction scenarios are paranoid psychotic delusion. Indigenous humans have thrived in every harsh environment without modern technology.

MIKE
Reply to  gyan1
November 18, 2018 9:02 pm

Yes and the king of all the psychos….Guy McPherson

Reply to  gyan1
November 18, 2018 9:24 pm

But climate snowflakes will melt if the temperature rises 0.5°C

Larry in Texas
Reply to  gyan1
November 18, 2018 9:35 pm

Very true, gyan1. I would venture that there is more danger of human extinction if the paranoid fantasies of these catastrophists were to be adopted as policy.

Greg
November 18, 2018 8:56 pm

The planet doesn’t care if we survive or not.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Greg
November 19, 2018 1:20 pm

The planet doesn’t care if we survive or not.

And the only way we will ever outlive the planet is if we get off it. That won’t happen without fossil fuels, either.

Tasfay Martinov
November 18, 2018 8:59 pm

There is a very good article over at Climate Etc. by Andy West, about “The Catastrophe Narrative”:

https://judithcurry.com/2018/11/14/the-catastrophe-narrative/

This deserves wide exposure, it shows that mainstream published climate research (leaving aside sceptical work) gives no support whatsoever to extravagant catastrophe claims (eg global catastrophe within a century or two). Thus – again even leaving aside skeptics opinion – it shows profound disconnect and dishonesty where high profile figures are making catastrophe predictions for political effect, devoid of (even) mainstream scientific support, but scientists who know better are failing in their professional duty to refute such claims, and are instead holding a disgraceful silence.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Tasfay Martinov
November 18, 2018 10:37 pm

I second that, with enthusiasm.
Please, do study the Andy West article. Geoff

Roger Knights
Reply to  Tasfay Martinov
November 19, 2018 8:26 am

West will have Part 2 of his article up there within a week.

Meanwhile, Judith Curry has an all-time great article up today, “Admitting Mistakes in a Hostile Environment.”
https://judithcurry.com/2018/11/19/admitting-mistakes-in-a-hostile-environment/

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Tasfay Martinov
November 19, 2018 9:40 am

I read the J Curry post. Well done, and many relevant points raised, plus a couple of enjoyable links.

She comments that the new tree ring papers (2017) rely (again) on trip bark proxies, without which there is no hockey stick, in spite of repeated calls to drop them as unfit for purpose.

RockyRoad
November 18, 2018 9:22 pm

These people all ignore the most obvious solution: jumping off the bridge!

brians356
Reply to  RockyRoad
November 18, 2018 11:12 pm

Lemmings?

Roger
Reply to  brians356
November 18, 2018 11:45 pm

Lemmings – thrown off a cliff by fake documentary makers. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/white-wilderness/

TomO
Reply to  RockyRoad
November 19, 2018 1:38 am

My vote goes for pumping quite a lot of what goes under the bridge onto these clots – not necessarily at high pressure but lots of it though….

Kvs
November 18, 2018 9:29 pm

If these protesters truly believe the UK will be extinguished by CO2, should not their ire be directed at the largest CO2 emitter? That being China, what good does it do to stand on a bridge in London demanding action from your PM? Wake me up when they protest in China.

fred250
Reply to  Kvs
November 18, 2018 10:07 pm

Wake me up when they protest in China.

Ahhh.. but how will they get there 😉

ironargonaut
Reply to  fred250
November 19, 2018 2:38 pm

They could start by protesting at their embassy. But, they don’t.

Hivemind
Reply to  Kvs
November 19, 2018 12:03 am

They don’t do it because the know the Chinese Government don’t take fools, or dissent, gladly. Look up the Tienanmen Square massacre.

Eustace Cranch
Reply to  Hivemind
November 19, 2018 6:08 am

The Tiananmen Square dissenters were not fools. Yes, the Chinese government didn’t tolerate the dissent, but that doesn’t make them the good guys. They are evil.

Ian Macdonald
Reply to  Eustace Cranch
November 19, 2018 8:08 am

Likewise the Tibetans setting themselves on fire in protest are not fools either. They realise that the endgame of the CCP’s occupation is the extermination of their race.

michel
Reply to  Kvs
November 19, 2018 12:48 am

Yes. Exactly the point. And this is why the other piece in the Guardian about the 5C rise due to China etc is so significant.

Previously the party line in the Guardian has been that catastrophic warming was coming solely due to the malice of white Anglo men in the UK and the US, and that if the UK would only install more wind and solar, and the US de-industrialize and elect Hilary, by then in her late nineties, but never mind, still the best qualified candidate ever….

Well, that would save the planet, surely?

But notice: the focus of the demonstration is not about the warming. And notice that the Guardian is featuring a story that says that the problem is not with the US and the UK, not even with Donald Trump. One of the few things that is not Trump’s fault. No, the fault is being admitted to be with China etc.

The earth is shifting as we watch. Pretty soon the narrative will change abruptly, and we will always have been at war with Oceana….

Dodgy Geezer
Reply to  Kvs
November 19, 2018 1:01 am

They don’t like their PM – she is (nominally) right-wing.

They DO like China – it is (nominally) left-wing……

MarkW
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
November 19, 2018 6:29 am

Given the economic trajectories of the two blocks, it’s hard to say which side is more socialist anymore.
East or West.

gbmillion
Reply to  Kvs
November 19, 2018 1:22 am

After the Arab oil producing nations, Australia is the largest per capita emitter of co2. Keep some ire for the antipodes.

LdB
November 18, 2018 10:06 pm

A whole 6000 supporters you could more than that by offering a community sausage sizzle. Look on the bright side the BBC would have a positive story about climate change 🙂

R2Dtoo
Reply to  LdB
November 19, 2018 6:29 am

We had more folks at the “Santa” parade on the weekend. At least Santa is real!!!

Joey
November 18, 2018 10:22 pm

I would simply suggest cutting off all fossil fuels in the UK. That will solve the “problem”. These people are clinically insane.

ALLAN MACRAE
Reply to  Joey
November 19, 2018 12:00 am

Joey wrote:
“I would simply suggest cutting off all fossil fuels in the UK. That will solve the “problem”.”

That would probably “solve” the problem all right – 85% of global primary energy is fossil fuels. In a few months, most Brits would be dead from starvation and exposure.

But what about green energy? Green energy is a farce that doesn’t even lower CO2 emissions, because spinning reserve is required, typically from fossil fuels, to “fill-in” when the wind drops.

Increasing atmospheric CO2 will at most cause only minor, beneficial warming, not runaway catastrophic warming like the warmist hysterics allege, but even if it did, current green energy schemes are NOT a solution – they simply do not reduce CO2 emissions because of the fatal flaw of intermittency.

So the greens are wrong about everything – they have the science wrong so they have created a false problem – and then they created a false solution. The only question left is:
“(1) Are the greens really this stupid, or (2) is this a deliberate hoax, intended for other objectives?”

01 Cat
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
November 19, 2018 2:05 am

(2) is correct!

MarkW
Reply to  01 Cat
November 19, 2018 6:31 am

There is a non-trivial number of number 1’s in there as well.

John Endicott
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
November 19, 2018 8:18 am

it’s not exclusively an “or” situation, both options can co-exist. There are a significant number of greens that really are this stupid *and* there is a good bit of “intended for other objectives” going on.
I’d reword your (largely rhetorical) question as:
“(1) Are the greens really this stupid, and/or (2) is this a deliberate hoax, intended for other objectives?”

ALLAN MACRAE
Reply to  John Endicott
November 19, 2018 10:35 am

Thank you all – “and/or” is more correct.

In my defense, I posted this note after arriving home from ~30-hours of travel, consisting of five airports, four flights, 14 time zones and 1 international date line.

This sounds tiring, until you realize that our ancestors arrived in North America from Europe after sailing for weeks on wooden ships that were only slightly better than slave ships, often driven from their homes by war, hunger, persecution and deprivation.

We have it easy today.

John Endicott
Reply to  Joey
November 19, 2018 5:21 am

I suggest interviewing each of those protesters and offer to immediately cut off all fossil fuels to their homes and take away all their fossil fuel derived gadgets (such as iPhones, laptops, etc) and clothing (anything made with synthetic fibers, which is likely the entirety of their wardrobe) as a staring point solution to the “problems” they are protesting about. Wanna bet that they won’t like that solution?

brians356
November 18, 2018 11:07 pm

“The demonstrators say human extinction is possible if world governments fail to do significantly more on climate change.”

Human extinction is possible – full stop. There, fixed it for ya. Just ask the dinosaurs and woolly mammoths.

Reply to  brians356
November 19, 2018 12:24 am

Human extinction is inevitable… what ever we do… it’s natures way.
But try & leave as little mess as possible for the next occupant.

warren
November 19, 2018 12:18 am

whinging poms . . .

HotScot
Reply to  warren
November 19, 2018 12:33 am

warren

Excellent!

I want some to chuck at the whinging sassenachs I’m compelled by circumstance to live with.

Maybe I’ll just Haggis bomb them. 🙂

H.R.
Reply to  HotScot
November 19, 2018 4:40 am

Aren’t Haggis bombs against the Geneva Convention?

When Haggis is outlawed, only outlaws will have Haggis.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  H.R.
November 19, 2018 1:29 pm

They can have it.

Capell
November 19, 2018 1:06 am

Dr Gail Bradbrook (dressed like Eskimo Nell in a November London ravaged by climate change) believes that potholes in roads are a good thing because they damage your car and you have to get it repaired, so creating employment and economic benefit.

November 19, 2018 1:14 am

I recall that Margaret Thatcher was accused of starting the Green movement when she was fighting the Coal Miners s Union and advocating Nuclear Power as a alternative to the use of coal.

False as it probably started way back with Racial Carson, then others joined the movement for various reasons.

Today that reason seems most likely to be the UN on behalf of the so called Third World Nations, reason , to get money out of the rich ? Western Nations.

Plus the dreams of many in the UN for a World Government, run by them of course.

MJE

SteveTa
November 19, 2018 1:15 am

CTM – Can I suggest that a 1000 over-privileged children having a tantrum does not equate to “we have the UK protesting”

HotScot
Reply to  SteveTa
November 19, 2018 12:46 pm

SteveTa

An excerpt from the comments section of Cliscep (https://cliscep.com/2018/11/17/macrons-climate-waterloo/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=31345f4540-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_19_02_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-31345f4540-36447077) I found highly amusing.

“*XR people. Here are some of those who took part in the nuisance actions on Monday and Wednesday this week:

A bespoke shoemaker who teaches monks how to oppose the arms trade; an outdoor educator and self-described goat-stroker at an ecopsychological mentoring collective; an ecotherapist with six children and a yurt who opposes the arms trade; a polyamorous wombstriker who sang on the soundtrack of John Lewis’s 2016 Christmas ad and opposes the arms trade; a Catholic anarchist (a real thing, apparently) ex-junkie who opposes the arms trade, has six children and once had a trial with Swansea City; a Catholic priest who has spent 20 years being arrested and sometimes imprisoned for protests against nuclear weapons and the arms trade; an anti-airport Quaker who took a break from organising road-blocking protests at Heathrow to fly to Costa Rica and take hallucinogenic drugs while her hosts, wealthy American ex-junkies, rubbed Tibetan singing bowls and played the didgeridoo; two of Michael Frayn’s grandsons, identical twins who have gained a large following among Da Yoot as corporate-funded globe-trotting travel vloggers and who, together and separately, have visited the USA, Somalia, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, Kiribati and no doubt a few other far-flung places in the last 12 months; and a globe-trotting vagina-steaming acupuncturist who is the daughter of a French garlic magnate and the actress who played Betty Whistler in Hi-de-Hi.”

[We’re fairly confident you only needed to make this comment once, but since it’s you, we’ll let it slide through again… -mod]

HotScot
Reply to  HotScot
November 19, 2018 4:43 pm

Mod

It was on another thread wasn’t it?

Sorry if not.

Jon O Beard
November 19, 2018 1:18 am

I used to wonder how entire nations of people could believe in fascism and watching how people are so willing to demonstrate and be manipulated by such bankrupt ideas, I still wonder.

tom0mason
Reply to  Jon O Beard
November 19, 2018 1:44 am

@Jon O Beard,

I too used to wonder how an entire nation of people could believe in such fantasies, and how people are so willing to demonstrate and be manipulated by Soros types welding such bankrupting fantasies.
I put it down to many UK people being educated to obey an authority figure, and when they find these figures have faults and failing they are very confused. They attempt thinking for themselves, however they have not been trained in critical thinking, and thus are very susceptible to easy answers offered by charlatans, and to mass delusions fueled by the echo chamber of social media.

Tim
Reply to  tom0mason
November 19, 2018 4:21 am

And an authority figure that taps into our primal concerns of survival for self and family. The fear – coming from an authority – provides a powerful motivation.

This double-whammy psychology is exploited by trained marketers and is not accidental or haphazard.

MarkW
Reply to  tom0mason
November 19, 2018 6:33 am

It’s amazing what you can get people to do if you just promise them enough free stuff.

John Endicott
Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2018 8:21 am

And when you scare them with enough imaginary boogeymen.

Kelvin Vaughan
November 19, 2018 1:53 am

I wonder how many of those have fitted solar panels to their rooves. How many have all electric home heating. How many have electric cars. How many have stopped eating beef and lamb. Until they have done all that they are just hypocrites.

Kelvin Vaughan
Reply to  Kelvin Vaughan
November 19, 2018 1:57 am

Oh and I forgot, how many fly abroad on holidays.

TomO
November 19, 2018 2:45 am

I see that Boris Johnston’s £320,000 water cannons have been flogged off for £11,000 – pffff…. they’d have been useful dousing the soap dodgers on London bridges at the weekend….

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  TomO
November 19, 2018 10:20 am

You poor misguided person. Tea is God’s own drink, but Coffee is one of lifes greatest disappointment, smells great tastes awful but apparently contains antioxidants. Diet Coke is just naff. Drink tea is my advice.

Phillip Bratby
November 19, 2018 2:57 am

A tiny number of useful idiots, well wrapped up against the cold.

MarkW
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
November 19, 2018 10:54 am

After the fall of the Soviet Union, it was interesting to read what the Soviet leaders actually thought of the “useful idiots” in the west.

kent beuchert
November 19, 2018 3:08 am

The only thing dumber than the claims of disaster is the suggested solution : renewable energy.
These people are incredibly ignorant about the low carbon power generation technology (molten salt nuclear power) that is certain to eliminate fossil fuels and renewables due to a variety of reasons , including inherent safety, low cost, flexible siting.

November 19, 2018 3:30 am

I hear they are not going to pussyfoot about any longer, they are going to up the action, the next move is more radical: ‘The Extinction Rebellion Activists are going on an indefinite mass hunger strike.’ (swenekaf)

Sparko
November 19, 2018 3:54 am

Oh look at the little darlings, recording themselves “saving the world” on their plasic mobile phones.

AndrewWA
November 19, 2018 4:13 am

Zealots for Climate Scientology.

Total madness………

ozspeaksup
November 19, 2018 4:14 am

reckon the avg age is 20 or so?
the old adage
be careful what you wish for….
love to see the coalpower gen chaps go on strike n see how long it took to wake em up

Russ Wood
Reply to  ozspeaksup
November 23, 2018 9:01 am

AH – that happens FREQUENTLY in South Africa, and also when power stations run out of coal. Then we get what is called “load shedding” or less politely as “rolling blackouts”. Great when you’ve just put a roast or a casserole into the oven, and find there’ll be no power for another 4 (or 8 or once 12) hours.
With a bit of luck, the ‘insiders’ who’ve been robbing the state (including the power company) blind over the last 10 years will finally be facing jail.

Sheri
November 19, 2018 4:41 am

Human extinction may be imminent not due to climate change but because we stopped using our brains and went stupid.

Mike Grey
November 19, 2018 4:42 am

“Unless we stop climate change …”

Witness the danger of cranky, half-baked science. Thank’s Dr Mann, Hansen, et al, for the potential of your contributions to anarchy.

Before genetics and DNA were understood, Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution spawned a political movement called Social Darwinism. The idea is quite simple. ‘The survival of the fittest”. It was big in Germany, the idea of struggling to survive. General Ludendorff thought that war was the natural state and peace just an aberration, a hiatus between wars. War was good, because it weeded out the ‘unfit to survive, and in the turmoil of post WW1 Germany, he supported a man who had written a book about his fight to live. The book is called My Struggle – Mein Kampf.

Climate change cannot be stopped and yet we have the great and the good of the scientific community assuring us that it can be and all we have to do is cut CO2 emissions …

“The deadly heatwave that gripped the world over the summer is only a glimpse of what is to come if we do not properly address the crisis. The government and environmental NGOs have failed to do so. We need to build a mass movement that is prepared to accept what is happening and act accordingly. We need change. We need to rebel.” https://rebellion.earth/events/

No, they need to learn some science and the “great and the good” need to take responsibility for their nonsense before it gets out of hand.

Marcus
November 19, 2018 5:15 am

I’d say they picked a bad time to be demonstrating about “Globull Warming” LOL…Brrrrrrrrrr.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  Marcus
November 19, 2018 7:10 am

Exactly. As a friend who went through military winter survival school in the Northern Rockies some years ago adapted as one of her favorite sayings, “It can never be too warm.” If the NH winter is anything like the fall so far, a lot of people around here will be thinking the same thing as she was.

John Endicott
Reply to  Marcus
November 19, 2018 8:25 am

Yeah Marcus, Mother nature has a habit of doing that to the greenies. Also know as “the Gore effect”

leitmotif
November 19, 2018 5:28 am

“Dr Gail Bradbrook says ‘people need to take their heads out the sand’”

I don’t think it’s the sand where these protesters have their heads stuck.

Graemethecat
November 19, 2018 5:30 am

Thousands of protesters in London, but how many with any scientific or engineering expertise or understanding? I bet you could count them on the fingers of one hand.

John Endicott
Reply to  Graemethecat
November 19, 2018 6:25 am

with plenty of fingers to spare. But hey, I’ll gladly give them the finger in the middle.

HotScot
Reply to  Graemethecat
November 19, 2018 12:50 pm

Graemethecat

From the comments section of Cliscep.com

“*XR people. Here are some of those who took part in the nuisance actions on Monday and Wednesday this week:

A bespoke shoemaker who teaches monks how to oppose the arms trade; an outdoor educator and self-described goat-stroker at an ecopsychological mentoring collective; an ecotherapist with six children and a yurt who opposes the arms trade; a polyamorous wombstriker who sang on the soundtrack of John Lewis’s 2016 Christmas ad and opposes the arms trade; a Catholic anarchist (a real thing, apparently) ex-junkie who opposes the arms trade, has six children and once had a trial with Swansea City; a Catholic priest who has spent 20 years being arrested and sometimes imprisoned for protests against nuclear weapons and the arms trade; an anti-airport Quaker who took a break from organising road-blocking protests at Heathrow to fly to Costa Rica and take hallucinogenic drugs while her hosts, wealthy American ex-junkies, rubbed Tibetan singing bowls and played the didgeridoo; two of Michael Frayn’s grandsons, identical twins who have gained a large following among Da Yoot as corporate-funded globe-trotting travel vloggers and who, together and separately, have visited the USA, Somalia, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, Kiribati and no doubt a few other far-flung places in the last 12 months; and a globe-trotting vagina-steaming acupuncturist who is the daughter of a French garlic magnate and the actress who played Betty Whistler in Hi-de-Hi.”

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John Bell
November 19, 2018 5:35 am

After the protest they all got in their cars and drove home and then turned on the heat and the lights and ate meat.

RockyRoad
Reply to  John Bell
November 19, 2018 12:44 pm

…and they undoubtedly burped and farted a lot.

And not one of them had a smidgen of self-awareness!

Tasfay Martinov
November 19, 2018 5:53 am

It’s the same rent-a-mob of anarchists every time regardless of the cause. Previously it was the poll tax, then Iraq, then genetic modification, then globalisation. Now it’s kloymat.

Can you spare me some (climate) change, sir?

MarkW
November 19, 2018 6:23 am

Even the IPCC has given up trying to claim more than 3 or 4 degrees of warming.

Where do these fruit cakes come from?

Bill Murphy
November 19, 2018 6:54 am

The irony here, of course, is that human extinction is inevitable in the long term and MUCH more likely short term in a world that lives in energy poverty without the tools and energy resources to adapt to the serious disasters we KNOW are going to happen eventually.
How much of humanity would survive a Chicxulub level event now, much less in a world of energy poverty under-powered by solar and wind. And we know that such an event is almost guaranteed eventually. How would the world today deal with even a Meteor crater, AZ or Tunguska level event with the epicenter over NYC or Paris or Beijing? An energy rich, wealthy world could potentially avert these catastrophes, an energy poor world of poverty could not and might not even know when it was imminent.
Also inevitable is the next Lake Toba or Yellowstone type of VEI8 disaster. There may not be any way to avert these, but adaptation and the survival of millions, if not billions, will depend on the energy affluence of the entire world. Even something like another Carrington Event could kill millions and would likely destroy most of the photovoltaic power in the world. Without fossil and nuclear thermal power available and spinning, recovery from that could take decades.
In the real world (as opposed to green delusions) the worst case for human induced climate change is a little mild inconvenience compared to the eventual, inevitable disasters that await us and our descendants. The best case is that an energy rich society will have the resources to avoid, adapt to or at least mitigate the real disasters we know are coming eventually. The human release of CO2 may even be a blessing in disguise if it can slow down the inevitable slide of the Milankovitch cycles into the next glaciation.

John Tillman
Reply to  Bill Murphy
November 19, 2018 4:36 pm

Unfortunately, any enhanced GHE from even much more CO2 isn’t powerful enough to have a significant effect on Milankovitch cycles.

Its concentration was over 4000 ppm, ie ten times higher than now, during the Ordovician-Silurian glaciation, when solar power was only 4% lower than now.

John Tillman
November 19, 2018 7:15 am

You’d think that Greens would welcome radical reduction in human numbers.

Which is it?

M__ S__
November 19, 2018 9:57 am

The world has a lot of lemmings

NZ Willy
November 19, 2018 11:12 am

Climate Alarmism is the modern-day Western version of Lysenkoism which was the Soviet-approved genetics science of the 1920s-1950s, debunked elsewhere. It plays the same social role, but amplified.

Wiliam Haas
November 19, 2018 11:40 am

If people believe that the burning of fossil fuels is bad then they should stop making use of all goods and services that involve the use of fossil fuels but apparently these protesters have not done that.

Based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, one can conclude that the climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. There is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and plenty of scientific rationale to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. It is all a matter of science.

ResourceGuy
November 19, 2018 11:58 am

All the terrorists and anarchists seem to target the bridges.

Joel Snider
November 19, 2018 12:25 pm

Anybody ever read ‘The Lost World’? Not the Conan Doyle original – but the Jurassic Park sequel written by Michael Crichton – not that good a book, actually (although much better than the movie), but was actually a fairly interesting extended essay on extinction – particularly the concept of ‘behavior-based’ extinction – the idea being that an animal’s own behavior undermines it’s survivability more than any environmental factors.

I always think of this whenever I see a bunch of greenies congregating together to destroy our ability to produce food, heat and cool our homes, limit transportation, as well as cramming people into high-density settings with limited resources – all with the mentality of destroying what exists, with barely a nod to what might replace it – in fact, happy enough if NOTHING does (sort of the way Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just tosses off a 40 trillion dollar price tag over a single issue), as well as the way they have opposed ANYTHING that improves the human condition – all under the auspice of actually saving the planet FROM humanity – which naturally dovetails with that whole elitist ‘population reduction’ agenda… well, it sounds like exactly what Crichton was talking about.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  Joel Snider
November 19, 2018 1:17 pm

Don’t be so hard on Ocasio-Cortez, Joel. After all, 40 trillion is only the entire US GDP for 2 years or so. Surely all us nasty capitalists could cough that up without too much trouble. And besides, she is a perfect addition to that select group of brilliant congressional members, such as Hank (Guam will capsize) Johnson. They both won their elections this year with landslide victories. Then there is Kyrsten Sinema, who called Arizona “The meth lab of democracy” then proceeded to prove it by getting elected to the US Senate there. I sometimes wonder if maybe we don’t deserve to go extinct.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Bill Murphy
November 19, 2018 4:01 pm

Well, there’s certainly no arguing any of that.
Depressingly enough.

gringojay
November 19, 2018 12:39 pm

My UK heirs might have been there. They voted against Brexit too. Bequeaths skip a generation so I’ve been selling farm land since they are city dwellers; figure money would be useful if global cooling occurs.

RockyRoad
November 19, 2018 12:44 pm

…and they undoubtedly burped and farted a lot.

And not one of them had a smidgen of self-awareness!

Bruce Cobb
November 19, 2018 1:38 pm

They are rebels without a clue.

Spen
November 19, 2018 2:33 pm

The European Court of Justice has just told the UK government that it can have spinning reserve but it cannot pay for it. That blows the concept of green power out of the sky !

And Remainers cannot understand why on Earth we would wish to leave the land of lunacy.

RCS
November 19, 2018 2:49 pm

I tried to get across London Bridge when there was this protest going on. It was’t as intense as the other bridges but bad enough. I even tried to ask some of these twats why they thought mass extinction was on the way due to climate change.

Frankly I could have had a more interesting conversation with a tree!

November 19, 2018 4:31 pm

The comment about Darwins “Survival of the fittest has allready happened. Humans either the early version, then thee present day, thy survived the ice ages, at least three . Wher eas the ones in the tropics did not.

I will not comment further.

MJE

Richard Partlett
November 19, 2018 8:47 pm

Headed for the poorhouse and taking us with them. Can you tell the difference of 1c over the last 100 years.

shoehorn
November 20, 2018 12:31 pm

The insane belief that politicians, most of whom probably don’t even read the IPCC’s Summaries for Policymakers, control the climate. Given a choice, the majority will always vote for less, not more, climate ‘action’.

Johann Wundersamer
November 30, 2018 6:56 am

Dr. Bradbrook is invited to finance her climate mitigation needs at any time. NOW.

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