Climate change protesters admit using a diesel generator to power their stage

From The Manchester Evening News.

The environmental activists say it feels ‘hypocritical’ but it would have used more energy to transport a solar generator from London

By Alice CachiaJournalist

  • 13:51, 1 SEP 2019
  • Updated 22:58, 1 SEP 2019

Organisers told the Manchester Evening News they felt like hypocrites but had been forced to use the generator because it would have been too expensive to get a solar panel made

A diesel-powered generator is being used to run the music stage at the Extinction Rebellion protests on Deansgate.

Organisers told the Manchester Evening News they felt “like hypocrites” but had been “forced” to use the generator because it would have been too expensive to get a solar panel made.

The protest – which has brought one of Manchester’s busiest shopping streets to a standstill to highlight the threat of climate change – is on its third day.

Graham Buss, 63, said: “We were desperate to get a solar panel specially made for the demonstrations but it would have cost us £8,000.

“That’s money we simply don’t have.

“Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had a diesel-powered generator as a back up.

“It’s something we really do regret having to use and we feel like hypocrites, but this is the point.

“We’re part of a system that has made it incredibly difficult to use solar panels for these sorts of events and we feel like we’ve been forced to have to use the diesel generator.

Full article here.

HT/Rickie K and Willie Soon

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Paul S.
September 3, 2019 10:06 am

Sorta like all of those bird choppers and solar panels across the country also requiring 100% backup. Why do you suppose that is?

Reply to  Paul S.
September 3, 2019 5:27 pm

Why don’t these people recognize their own argument?

They’re saying the same thing we’ve been saying .. solar is too expensive, unreliable, & requires fossil fuels for backup.

If it’s too expensive for their little booth, it’s too expensive for my family .. my town, my state, my country.

Reply to  Paul S.
September 3, 2019 10:23 pm

These people are their own parody.

David Yaussy
Reply to  James
September 4, 2019 7:46 am

I think the unfair system they’re referring to is the solar system.

Bill Powers
Reply to  James
September 4, 2019 11:37 am

They are front page fodder for the Onion.

Expensive and unreliable Solar Panels for thee but not for me.

Carl Friis-Hansen
September 3, 2019 10:13 am

What about using acoustic music, a cone formed funnel as megaphone, just as one did in the good old days?
The did not seem to have learned the lesson, still. Solar too expensive and needs backup from fossil fuel, hydro or nuclear.
Are the with so low IQ that they cannot see this after this self inflicted event?
If the cannot find a “green” way around it, don’t do it!
The devil died in absent of bad excuses, or whatever it is called.

Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
September 3, 2019 3:02 pm

What ’bout drinking sodas from thick, well-worn glass bottles?
And beer?
And milk in thick glass bottles in the 1 or 2 liter, quarter or half gallon size?
And foil, made of tin. And washed, and reused dozens of times?
And meat, wrapped in pink butcher’s paper, not in glassine wrapped foam board?
And sugar, in nice little cubes, not individually wrapped?
And 5 or 7 ring binders … with lined paper to fit, not “spiral” books, often tossed before used up?
And cloth napkins at restaurants…, even diners
And those kind-of-cool-and-retro infinite cloth towel loop dispensers in rest rooms?
And bi-frickin’-cycles! That kids would use ’til the tires went bald!?

Days gone.
When ordinary paper tickets were “good enough” for the carnival.
When cashiers knew how to “properly” count change back into your hand.

It wasn’t all glory, granted. Incandescent bulbs that were only 5% to 7% efficient. Naturally aspirated ‘carburetors’ on cars that were perpetually admixing the wrong portions of petrol to sucked in air. Manual typewriters. Electric ones. 40 pound adding machines. Blue chip and green chip stamps. Not-sealed deli meats. Coin operated public phones. Hundred kilo fuzzy televisions. The Era before perspiration deodorants. The era before any kind of safety razor. Before antibiotics, ibuprofen and laughing gas.

But still…
Just saying,
GoatGuy ✓

Reply to  GoatGuy
September 4, 2019 3:41 am

Not to forget self-harvested moss instead of toilet paper…..

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  NorwegianSceptic
September 4, 2019 4:31 am

Corncobs from your garden’s bounty.

Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
September 3, 2019 5:01 pm

The crowds aren’t big enough to need amplifiers anyway.

Reply to  MarkW
September 5, 2019 7:35 pm

These things were my first thoughts…. why on earth do they think electric power is essential? They are seriously lacking in imagination if they have never tried to understand how things were done not-so-long-ago?

Do these children not know that outdoor sporting events were all held during daytime hours, because there were no lights on the fields? Do they have no comprehension of non-electric amplification?

They shame themselves when they are all talk and no serious commitment.

September 3, 2019 10:15 am

“Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had a diesel-powered generator as a back up.
“It’s something we really do regret having to use and we feel like hypocrites, but this is the point.”
“We’re part of a system that has made it incredibly difficult to use solar panels for these sorts of events and we feel like we’ve been forced to have to use the diesel generator.

They feel forced to use a diesel gen as backup because it is reliable. These people are unable to think clearly and blame others for their bad choices and incompetence.

Reply to  icisil
September 3, 2019 11:21 am

We’re part of a system that has made it incredibly difficult to use solar panels

The Earth system is inimical to utopian beliefs and practices.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  n.n
September 3, 2019 12:49 pm

Yes, it’s a system called the Physical World. They should learn to embrace it because it doesn’t care what they “feel”.

Reply to  Paul Penrose
September 3, 2019 1:34 pm

No Lives Matter!
(the universe doesn’t give a damn about you, get over it!)

Michae Jankowski
Reply to  Paul Penrose
September 3, 2019 5:10 pm

I am sure “the system” is supposed to represent fossil fuel interests, evil corporations, and bought politicians.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Paul Penrose
September 4, 2019 11:43 am

Its the free market system and it works better than any other system imagined. If these dipsticks get their way the would be forced to cancel their protest because socialism. Not because it would force the use of solar panels but because It doesn’t permit protests.

Michael S. Kelly LS, BSA Ret.
Reply to  icisil
September 3, 2019 2:23 pm

“…we feel like we’ve been forced to have to use the diesel generator.”

Yes, by reality. It’s the biggest force there is.

Reply to  Michael S. Kelly LS, BSA Ret.
September 3, 2019 5:58 pm

In reality, they aren’t very smart. They could have gotten a couple of stationary bikes and hooked those up to power the generator. But that would be work, wouldn’t it? And they’re too lamebrained and lazy to do something so obviously simple and so beneficial to the environment.

On the other hand, it’s likely that not one of them would have lasted more than 15 minutes max on a bike hooked up to a generator.

Just sayin’….

Reply to  Sara
September 3, 2019 10:32 pm

Sara – For 24/7? By bicyclists who are dropping acid or smoking dope? Really?

September 3, 2019 10:20 am

“It felt hypocritical……”

That’s because it is!

Jeff Labute
Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 1:26 pm

That is like what I would say, “Hypocrite is not a feeling”.

Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 1:42 pm

They should not only feel like hypocrites they should also feel ashamed and embarrassed by their overly vocal and public display of stupidity.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  rocketscientist
September 3, 2019 5:08 pm

They should have learned a valuable lesson.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 2:53 pm

My thoughts exactly

Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 4:23 pm

The irony … it burns.

September 3, 2019 10:25 am

Graham Buss, 63, said: “We were desperate to get a solar panel specially made for the demonstrations but it would have cost us £8,000″

But you expect the rest of us to pay to have the things provide our extortionately expensive electricity?

Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had a diesel-powered generator as a back up.”

Now you’re getting the idea dickhead! Try thing about that on a local, national then global scale. How many diesel genny’s will be running around the world when you achieve your green utopia.

How thick are these people?!!!!

Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 11:14 am

Incredibly thick it seems. Even the most obvious lessons are missed.

If an organization wholly dedicated to “green” energy cannot afford such an unworkable system, what is their plan for mandating these unworkable systems on the rest of society that also has competing needs for limited economic resources?

When you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, “STOP DIGGING!”

nw sage
Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 3, 2019 5:22 pm

They could have been honest and done the concert WITHOUT electricity. Shakespeare did it, why can’t they. I think I even heard acoustic guitar mentioned – what a novel idea!

Michael 2
Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 8, 2019 2:39 am

Where else but the bottom of a hole would a digger find himself?

Greg Surprenant
Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 12:24 pm

Like leading a horse to water but being unable to make it drink.

old construction worker
Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2019 2:48 pm

You mean to say none of the solar panel companies or some NGO wouldn’t come up with £8,000? What a hoot.

Bryan A
September 3, 2019 10:29 am

Just more Gulliver Yahoos that have realized that Solar is far too expensive to supply power and hypocrites for demanding others take the more costly route when they won’t.

Terry Harvey
September 3, 2019 10:31 am

“Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had (?) a diesel-powered generator as a back up.” Says it all, really. With tortured grammar. But it looks as if they might eventually realise that solar has its drawbacks.

Len Werner
September 3, 2019 10:31 am

Talk about ‘you couldn’t make this stuff up’. You just gotta be so pucked-in-the-head to do something like this and not realize what a total idiot you are. Not sunk in yet that what’s ‘forcing’ them to do this is….r-e-a-l-i-t-y.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Len Werner
September 3, 2019 2:58 pm

Too true. They have encapsulated the entire situation for grid-scale solar via their experience. Why do they think that making it larger somehow changes the fundamentals?

B d Clark
September 3, 2019 10:32 am

What complete nonsense, could not the protesters done a deal with the businesses 10 yards away, 8 grand for a solar panel, the stage is the size of two market stalls not Wembley arena,the generator is 3-5 kva max a few amps and lights are not even going to max it out,a 3kva solar panel kit including batts inverter and 6 panels cost a shy over 4000 notes on flea bay, the disadvantages to the solar option is and not what there admitting too, a lot of kit dependent upon the batteries being charged,its half the price the protesters spokes person claims and they would need a good size van to move it around, and just were were they going to set up SPs in a confined street and be constantly shifting them to follow the sun,in this scenario the solar option was simply not suitable, not as they claim cost, in a field maybe,what would they have done without desiel

Reply to  B d Clark
September 3, 2019 1:31 pm

They’d need about 15sq metres of sun facing surface area and a rigid stucture to mount it, and some sun. None of which are practical in that location.

B d Clark
Reply to  H
September 3, 2019 2:50 pm

Agreed and a green monkey to keep it facing in the right direction

Geo Rubik
September 3, 2019 10:36 am

“Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had a diesel-powered generator as a back up.”

Greenies, it just keeps getting better.

September 3, 2019 10:39 am

“… we feel like hypocrites …”

You mean it’s taken this long to notice? Well, recognizing this is a good first step …

Richard Turenne
September 3, 2019 10:52 am

And still the penny does not drop…

Insufficiently Sensitive
September 3, 2019 10:53 am

“We were desperate to get a solar panel specially made for the demonstrations but it would have cost us £8,000.

So these buffoons are eager to force that exact kind of economics on the public at large, but they’re so special that they’ll use the economical power which they wish denied their fellow citizens.

September 3, 2019 10:57 am

Exactly. Per unit acre, per unit energy input, per unit productive output, and other observable, reproducible metrics, conventional systems beat Green system performance. So, the rationalization of the latter is limited to social constructs, liberal inference, and clean, renewable redistributive change schemes.

September 3, 2019 10:58 am

Why do they need a “music stage”?
I saw / heard Paul Robeson at The Usher Hall in Edinburgh and he didn’t use a microphone.

Reply to  Oldseadog
September 3, 2019 11:51 am

Paul Robeson–live–wow.
At the other side of entertainment you would recall Gracie Fields, George Formby, Vera Lynne and Harry Lauder.
Long time ago.

Greg Woods
September 3, 2019 10:59 am

Ha, ha!

September 3, 2019 11:01 am

There, that’s i, he said it…

“Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had a diesel-powered generator as a back up.”

That is the most perceptive comment I ever heard from one of these ER extremists. Because most of their statements are pure nonsense.

September 3, 2019 11:03 am

It’s not merely hypocritical, but sanctimoniously hypocritical or bigoted. A selective, opportunistic quasi-religious code (“ethics”) is a certain choice to destroy your viability. Repent, sequester, and emit no more.

Ron Long
September 3, 2019 11:03 am

The whole CAGW cabal, Extinction Rebellion included, isn’t about facts anyway, it’s about feelings. The feeling that old white guys are driving SUV’s around, poisoning the atmosphere, fits their belief system. Their view is socialism, equal results (not equal opportunity anymore because that didn’t work out), and it takes a village to raise an idiot (or something like that?).

September 3, 2019 11:04 am

“We’re part of a system that has made it incredibly difficult to use solar panels …”

Yah, the Solar System! I suppose solar would work a lot better if Earth was tidally locked with the sun. It may be uncomfortably hot though…

September 3, 2019 11:07 am

And everything else they used for the stage is from fossil fuels directly and indirectly.

September 3, 2019 11:12 am

uh…you could just not have a “music” stage

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Latitude
September 3, 2019 12:56 pm

You don’t get it – they were “forced” to have a music stage, and that means they were “forced” to use a genset. It’s not their fault, you see. Anyway, it’s the intent that counts. /sarc (for the sarc impaired)

Reply to  Latitude
September 3, 2019 2:34 pm

That’s the message that somehow isn’t getting through the cobwebs or whatever they have between the ears.

If you guys have your way then none of us, you included, is going to have a music stage or any other piece of kit that needs a reliable electricity supply. Ever. And that, as the saying goes, is not a glitch, it’s a feature. Of the lifestyle that you are demanding and making people’s lives a misery to bring about. What are you going to do with your lives if you win??

Matthew K
Reply to  Newminster
September 4, 2019 12:46 am

That’s one other thing they fail to realize. We aren’t the only ones who will be affected by their stupid plans, they will be affected too. Its a no-win situation. In the end, we ALL lose. I still don’t understand why this hasn’t clicked to them yet.

John Bell
September 3, 2019 11:13 am

PERFECT example of GREEN Hypocrisy – OH! this is delicious! Let us beat them over the heads with this forever more.

September 3, 2019 11:15 am

…and there are people that believe this sheet and take this imbeciles seriously.

Rod Evans
September 3, 2019 11:15 am

So they feel like hypocrites because they have to use reliable fossil fuel energy supply for their stage. It begs the question did they feel like hypocrites when they were travelling up to Manchester by car or diesel train, or electric trains powered predominantly by fossil fuel/nuclear power.
Maybe they felt like hypocrites when they realised the plastic they want to ban, forms the insulation round all of their electric cables, not to mention the materials they used to construct their platform.
Perhaps they should consider renaming themselves Hypo-Greens in deference to their newly discovered status.
The rest of us will continue being just, realists.

September 3, 2019 11:18 am

It also looks mighty cloudy and cool there as well with rapidly decreasing solar insolation on a daily basis happening now in the northern hemisphere. No sure a solar how big of a solar panel they would have needed to power their pathetic protest with pseudo scientific gobbly guk.

Roger Bournival
September 3, 2019 11:23 am

“That’s money we simply don’t have.”

But the rest of you do, so pay up!

September 3, 2019 11:27 am

How I would love to see these cretins forced to actually walk the line they demand everyone else must! If they were forced to practice what they preach we would be better off because there would be far fewer of them.

J Mac
September 3, 2019 11:28 am

The irony is so rich and thick, you’d have to spread it with a diesel powered bucket loader…

Reply to  J Mac
September 3, 2019 12:43 pm

+42 🙂

Patrick MJD
Reply to  J Mac
September 4, 2019 5:08 am

Diesel power…one of my favourite tracks…

September 3, 2019 11:37 am

Incredible, first their leader “prayed” after taking psychedelic drugs, and now they need diesel Lol… they could have found a petrol generator and saved people the nasty stink of diesel…. We need to ask them how they get to work? Or how do they get to the shops etc etc.. Are their houses all run on solar, do they have gas boilers? And last but not least, are they all vegan? As we know the animals fart are killing the planet more then all the exhaust fumes combined (cow conspiracy website – facts section)….

Nick Werner
September 3, 2019 11:38 am

“We’re part of a system that has made it incredibly difficult to use solar panels for these sorts of events and we feel like we’ve been forced to have to use the diesel generator.”

Yeah… a system that may contain darkness after sunset. Posing a very unique problem for these sorts of events.

Don Perry
September 3, 2019 11:38 am

“We were desperate to get a solar panel specially made for the demonstrations but it would have cost us £8,000.
“That’s money we simply don’t have.”

For these folks pushing an agenda that will make my energy less reliable and costs higher, I, an older retiree on a fixed income, have one thing to say — That’s money I simply don’t have.

September 3, 2019 11:39 am

These people can’t see that solar is expensive and needs backup.

The irony-impairment and lack of self-awareness burns!

September 3, 2019 11:42 am

This is precisely the point. If you want to go green, you have to give up the luxury of fossil fuel, among many other things.

September 3, 2019 11:43 am

Deansgate has no EXTENSION CORDS ???????
Or, if you need music, ever heard of acoustic instruments ?????????

Reply to  bwegher
September 3, 2019 12:05 pm

Sounds like they have no friends on that street from which to obtain electricity.

Jeff Labute
Reply to  bwegher
September 3, 2019 1:28 pm

“Spaceship Superstar” You can have a Solar powered laser beam guitar.

September 3, 2019 11:46 am

Well, apparently, they didn’t spend the money Soros gave them wisely. The “others will pay our way” theme will be good for only so long. 😛

Melvyn Dackombe
September 3, 2019 12:01 pm

Why were they able to block a street for three days ?

September 3, 2019 12:03 pm

So we have four examples in a week. Obama buys oceanfront. Diesel powered eco-activism. 4000 fly to Salt Lake City. And of course virtue signal Greta and her jet travel enabled sailing crossing. Clearly WUWT needs to hold a contest and give out annual awards. Here are our four front runners.

Reply to  Rob_Dawg
September 3, 2019 12:14 pm

Not to mention the ‘evil fossil fueled ‘ tug that was needed to get her boat into and out of port for those racing yachts are rubbish at going slow so either need to use their engines , which are required to have , or get a tow .
And still no news on how she is getting back !

Reply to  knr
September 4, 2019 4:45 am

apaert from an aussie media item on her saying her autism is a superpower and how the climate panic stunt gives her a reason to eat and talk…shes been remarkably silent
thank a deity

Reply to  Rob_Dawg
September 3, 2019 1:57 pm

I vote for Obama on the beachfront since it is a lasting example of a con job while the others are notable short-term travesty events for virtue signaling.

I’m coming around to the notion that a human lifetime is one big marketing stage for millions of ad hits and experiments for fun and profit by the promoters. It’s the Matrix but with ads and messaging in the machine world of spin.

Reply to  Rob_Dawg
September 3, 2019 11:25 pm

And the incredible carbon footprint of the boat, meaning that Greta’s trip cost at least 6 TCO2e. This is dominated by the upfront carbon cost of the boat, and does not include the flights.

September 3, 2019 12:03 pm

So the solar would have cost 8,000 pounds sounds like a lot of money, especially if it’s your own money. In the United States we have Home Depot, a large home improvement store chain, that sells a 6K watt gasoline generator for $549 US or 455 pounds British. A reliable 6K watts for use day or night. I’m sure we all thank the Manchester environmental activists for so clearly demonstrating the costs and limitations of renewable energy and the devastating effects their pet cause would have on humanity.

September 3, 2019 12:11 pm

Its noticeable they not had the type of supportive ‘free press ‘ they got in London for this event , and of course without the ability for others to see how virtuous you are there is simply no point in being so in the first place.
Want to kill these protest , switch of the Wifi in the are and do give them any press coverage .

September 3, 2019 12:13 pm

Fells hypocritical? Of course! Because nearly all the climate alarmists are hypocrites!

Bryan A
Reply to  Лазо
September 3, 2019 7:16 pm

A few are Hippie-critical

Ed Zuiderwijk
September 3, 2019 12:21 pm

The bone-headed stupidity is just awesome.

Right-Handed Shark
September 3, 2019 12:35 pm

Interesting sign on the side of their stage, “No-one left behind!”.. clearly, basic education left them all behind.

September 3, 2019 1:02 pm

Felt like?


Did Uncle Soros approve that statement?

Killer Marmot
September 3, 2019 1:05 pm

Having good intentions is not enough. Your good intentions have to match up with reality — otherwise you’re in danger of doing more harm than good.

Major Meteor
September 3, 2019 1:46 pm

The “system” is making it incredibly difficult for them to use solar panels. They just don’t get it. They are not blaming the technology but rather the “system”. I am sure they think if the “system” was the Green New Deal, then their pathetic little booth could be powered by solar cells. You can’t fix stupid.

September 3, 2019 1:56 pm

For once, I agree with XR! Solar IS ridiculously expensive, unreliable and impractical.

September 3, 2019 2:00 pm

That could easily pass for a snake oil salesman stage in an earlier era or a magic act with slight of hand.

Clarky of Oz
September 3, 2019 3:06 pm

Did they also consider a wind turbine? Or are these things just not practical or affordable?

Tom in Florida
September 3, 2019 3:29 pm

Why didn’t they just ask Al Gore, Elon Musk or any other solar panel crusader for the money? I am sure they would have gladly pitched in with their own.

September 3, 2019 4:25 pm

The irony … it burns.

Loren Wilson
September 3, 2019 4:37 pm

“Even if we’d been able to get a solar panel made, we would have still had to have had a diesel-powered generator as a back up.” Precisely!

John Bell
September 3, 2019 4:47 pm

So what did the people think who saw the stage act? Having that generator humming and lights glaring, i wonder what was said from the stage?

September 3, 2019 4:58 pm

“We’re part of a system that has made it incredibly difficult to use solar panels”

It wasn’t the system that made solar panels difficult to use, it was basic physics.

September 3, 2019 5:01 pm

When anyone else complains about how expensive solar power is, we are told that this is the price we must pay in order to save the world.
By there own logic, being expensive or inconvenient should never be an excuse for not using solar.

That’s the real hypocrisy. They are using an excuse for themselves, that they reject for everyone else.

September 3, 2019 5:11 pm

It was illegal to use in a public space and they should be arrested, fined, have points against their license and have it confiscated.

You cannot use diesel equipment that doesn’t meet/exceed Tier 4 for any reason in that location.

September 3, 2019 6:13 pm

I have a really, really great idea. Bear with me.

They want us all to live in a world without modern stuff like electricity, clean, potable running water, medicines that work. massive food sources within reach of most people, heat in the winter and (if needed) cooling in the summer, clean clothing, rapid response emergency services, rapid transportation on paved roads – you get the drift.

My REALLY REALLY GREAT IDEA is this: these bozos get themselves together as a group. They get to spend a 13-month period, with no breaks and no way out, living the way they want us to live. They’ll get a start-up package of tools, seeds, and one instruction book on how to do everything. There is a survival guide like that available. And no TV show about it, either. They are isolated from the modern world.

They can set the example for the rest of us. Any of them who survive this more “natural” way of life will get a nod from us for being clever enough to set the example, but we’ll go on about our business afterwards, while they write books nobody buys.

Since there are plenty of examples of people native to their own areas, e.g., Borneo, Tiber, Kalahari (Bushmen), Old Order Amish, I see no issues with it.

Anyone else have a better idea?

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Sara
September 3, 2019 8:04 pm

A better idea?

Ummm… your idea, but also supergluing them to the ‘natural’ spot so they don’t try and bunk off the moment our backs are turned.

bill johnston
Reply to  Sara
September 4, 2019 3:58 pm

I believe something like that was tried a while ago. It was called Biosphere 2 just NE of Tucson, AZ. Didn’t work. People couldn’t get along. But you can tour it for about $17.

Ronald Bruce
September 3, 2019 6:50 pm

Like all socialist warmists it is “do what I tell you not what I do”. Hypocrites!

Patrick MJD
September 3, 2019 7:02 pm

The woman who founded Extinction Rebellion is involved and what is on the sign on the front of the stage? Drug and alcohol free zone message? Diesel on the other hand…

September 3, 2019 7:17 pm

Solar panels? In Manchester? I must confess I don’t like extinction rebellions message, but you really do have to admire their blind optimism.

Craig from Oz
September 3, 2019 8:09 pm

I am bemused at what HSS Hire – the company that seems to have provided the rented unit – actually thinks about all this.

Imagine the ads…

“We’re HSS Hire, preferred suppliers of fossil fuel powered portable CO2 emitters of Extinction Rebellion. Remember HSS Hire when you absolutely need reliable power in your Renewable Utopia. Ring now and obtain a free tube of superglue with every rental. Terms and Conditions apply.”

September 4, 2019 1:04 am

“ they felt “like hypocrites” but had been “forced” to use the generator because it would have been too expensive to get a solar panel made.

Except that nobody is forcing them to hold their disruptive rally. If they were not hypocrites, they would only hold rallies in accordance with their arguments.

David John Charles
September 4, 2019 2:17 am

All heil the blitherati!

September 4, 2019 4:30 am

Reality trumps ideology every time…

September 4, 2019 5:09 am

Battery power? Could an EV have been used”

Muppets are us
September 4, 2019 5:17 am

What makes it worse is for their summer protests they did have Solar panels, but they then sold them off shortly after. They were listed on bimblesolar which is a solar panel clearing site, pity I did not take a screen shot.

Robert Stevenson
September 4, 2019 9:40 am

How many referendums does it take to get out of EU

lyn roberts
September 4, 2019 6:22 pm

Was the protest going to continue during the night, DUHHHH!!!!!, and did they finally twig to the fact that solar power only operates if there is enough sunlight. I have had a greenie tell me her house is powered by solar, not unless you have batteries to store the solar energy for night time usage, she looked at me blankly, brain dead, what in god’s name did she really think that her solar worked at night, I believe she did she was soooo brainwashed, because it appeared she did not have a battery system for night time usage, it hadn’t occurred to her that turning on the lights and running the cooktop came from that dirty nasty black stuff here in Australia, at one hell of a price.

Andy Mansell
September 4, 2019 11:55 pm

Presumably these muppets had all the required legal boxes ticked? Council permission? Rent for the space? Health and Safety? Police presence paid for? You know, the same rules everyone else has to follow. Also, I take it the businesses affected will get a proportionate reduction in rates?

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