Extinction Rebellion Calls African Oil Leaders “Climate Criminals”

Extinction Rebellion, ‘swarming roadblocks’. DAVID HOLT [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t JoNova; Extinction rebellion have staged a protest at an oil conference in South Africa, calling African conference delegates “climate criminals” for discussing how to develop their oil resource windfalls.

Extinction Rebellion calls Africa Oil Week delegates “climate criminals”

8 November 2019 
By Madison Yauger

Activists are demanding that government declare a “climate and ecological emergency”

Extinction Rebellion protestors surprised conference-goers at Africa Oil Week for a second time this week. At noon on Friday, five protestors began hanging a massive banner at the Cape Town International City Centre (CTICC) with “Africa oil week Climate Criminals Conference” and displaying the Extinction Rebellion logo.

Seven men and women, dubbed the “Red Brigade”, dressed in bright red robes and wearing white face paint, walked silently and took up poses around the CTICC.

According to one anonymous protestor, the red symbolised the common blood of all humans.

“There are climate criminals making deals behind closed doors that put our futures at risk and we feel that is our duty to rebel for all life on Earth,” said another protester, 21-year-old protestor Shannon Goodman.

Read more: https://www.groundup.org.za/article/extinction-rebellion-calls-africa-oil-week-delegates-climate-criminals/

Delegates were largely unmoved by the Extinction Rebellion protest.

No apologies: Africans say their need for oil cash outweighs climate concerns

Libby GeorgeShadia Nasralla

CAPE TOWN/LONDON (Reuters) – A handful of protesters on the ground floor of the cavernous Cape Town International Convention Centre spread fake oil on the ground and chanted, demanding an end to fossil fuels.

Two floors above, the hundreds of delegates at Africa Oil Week were largely unaware – and mostly unmoved – by the display. 

“Under no circumstances are we going to be apologizing,” said Gabriel Obiang Lima, energy minister of Equatorial Guinea, adding that they need to exploit those resources to create jobs and boost economic development. 

Anybody out of the continent saying we should not develop those fields, that is criminal. It is very unfair.” 

The tension keenly felt at oil conferences in Europe was largely absent over the three-day event in Cape Town; there was little focus on climate change, apart from the shadow renewables cast over long-term demand.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-oil-climate/no-apologies-africans-say-their-need-for-oil-cash-outweighs-climate-concerns-idUSKBN1XI16X

My thought; this latest Extinction Rebellion effort recalls the days of the British Empire, a bunch of privileged white people trying to tell poor African nations how to run their countries. The protestors even wore whiteface, to drive home their point.

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November 10, 2019 6:07 am

Performance art. Clap when they perform to make them feel relevant, then ignore them and do the opposite of what they want.

Bill Powers
Reply to  icisil
November 10, 2019 6:51 am

Why encourage them? Why would we want to make the irrelevant, relevant? We need to round them up and fly them to a virgin island so they can set an example for the rest of us on how to live life without fossil fuel. It won’t be as comfy as living in their parent’s basement with mom approved meal preparation but it will yank the angry protest out of them.

Reply to  Bill Powers
November 10, 2019 9:01 am

You mean like a leper colony to isolated them thus preventing their self destructive ideology from infecting the rest of the population?

Like the leper colonies, they can be disbanded once a cure is found. That cure is the dissolution of the IPCC/UNFCCC, complete deprecation of the garbage they call science and the public humiliation of the many partisan hacks, in and out of science, who push the CO2 lie.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  co2isnotevil
November 10, 2019 9:29 pm

That does not work these days. You have to take away their tech connection to the world as they can still infect people from afar.

Reply to  Bill Powers
November 10, 2019 9:22 am


I’d like to arm myself with a can of lighter fluid to spray on their banner, then ignite it.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  HotScot
November 10, 2019 2:57 pm

All you need is a can of deoderant and a lighter. Works surprisingly well. (Kiddies don’t try this at all).

Reply to  Bill Powers
November 10, 2019 10:01 am

If it is the same faces that were in these costumes in London, they are not basement dwelling millennials but late middle aged bourgeois liberals.

Maybe they should take their condescending bourgeois theatricals to some of the towns were poor Africans live and rely on oil revenue to feed their families.

Call the folks there criminals and they will probably end up a burning tyre around their little white painted necks.

They should step out of their middle-class Guardian reader bubble and experience a bit of how the rest of the world lives. They may realise that there are more important issues than faked science and dishonest alarmist claims masking a political agenda.

According to one anonymous protestor, the red symbolised the common blood of all humans.

No the red represents that they are the cardinals of the Holy Order of Climate Alarmism.

The painted faces tell us it is all mask to hide their true aims and identity.

Jim C
Reply to  Greg
November 10, 2019 4:23 pm

Red == socialist. They’re not even trying to hide it.

Reply to  Greg
November 11, 2019 7:40 am

Wasn’t there a “red brigade” during Mao”s time in China?

As Europeans, with their slow economic growth, non-military spending, and absent babies and children fall into irrelevance for the rest of the world, we will no doubt hear repeatedly from them about how morally superior they are.

Cultural Imperialism, 2019 European style, is more ugly than the 19th century Imperialism practiced by these Europeans’ great, great grandparents.

Les Segal
Reply to  Bill Powers
November 10, 2019 10:45 am

Great comment Bill. Easily the best solution to these easily misled, delusional if not deranged individuals.

Reply to  Bill Powers
November 10, 2019 6:54 pm

“Bill Powers November 10, 2019 at 6:51 am

We need to round them up and fly them to a virgin island so they can set an example for the rest of us on how to live life without fossil fuel.”

Not one of the Virgin Islands!
If you’re going to send them anywhere, send them to the Aleutians or the Faroe Islands. After all, their idyllic lifestyle must accommodate harsh weather locales.

Reply to  icisil
November 10, 2019 4:09 pm

“Under no circumstances are we going to be apologizing,” said Gabriel Obiang Lima, energy minister of Equatorial Guinea, adding that they need to exploit those resources to create jobs and boost economic development. “Anybody out of the continent saying we should not develop those fields, that is criminal. It is very unfair.”

I strongly support the Africans on this issue. How is it that we in the wealthy, developed world get to enjoy all the benefits of modern energy and then deny energy-starved Africans the same benefits? What an appalling double-standard! It is especially reprehensible when it is obvious that global warming/climate change hysteria has been scientifically falsified.

This reminds me of the western-driven effective ban of DDT from 1972 to 2002 – as a result, malaria deaths doubled from ~one million to ~two million souls per year. Most of the deaths were African children under five years of age, just babies for Christ’s sake! I am appalled by greens who repeat the false denials of their active complicity in the banning of DDT. Colluding in the killing of millions of children is utterly reprehensible; lying about it is too.

Andy Pattullo wrote:

“I am not sure why Greg believes claims of “killing and blinding babies” doesn’t qualify as science. I am a specialist in infectious diseases and these facts are part of what I teach about the history of infections and policy decisions. The banning of DDT did indeed lead to a marked increase in deaths of infants and children in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria and, when DDT was reintroduced, those death rates fell dramatically. The ban itself was not scientific but emotional, based on unfounded claims of harm. Engineered rice which provides vitamin A to malnourished children in developing nations has proven benefit and can indeed prevent blindness and immune deficiency that will harm or kill millions of children. Radical environmentalists have done everything possible to prevent those children from being saved.”

Michael Darby
November 10, 2019 9:30 pm

Well said Andy Patullo. The war against humanity includes the war against DDT and the war against reliable energy and the war against dams and the war against vitamin-enhanced rice. The poor and disadvantaged suffer most from the wickedness of the enemies of humanity.

old white guy
Reply to  icisil
November 11, 2019 3:45 am

we should be working at making extinction rebellion, extinct.

Bruce Cobb
November 10, 2019 6:20 am

Extinction Rebellion are the “climate criminals”. However, I don’t have any sympathy for countries like SA, who happily climbed aboard the Paris Accord choo-choo, thinking they could be given cake, have cake, and eat it too. They are huge hypocrites.

November 10, 2019 6:32 am

These people are pretty dimwitted. The technology which will drive down the use of oil is obviously the electric vehicle. From their statements, few if any automakers will be producing gas powered vehicles beyond 2024.
Cal them braindead irrelevant. Idf they had any sense they would be demanding more developmental money for generation 4 nuclear.

Brent Hargreaves
Reply to  ColMosby
November 10, 2019 6:49 am

You reckon the last petrol/diesel car will be produced in 2024? Absurd. I do hope that in 2025 you will have the self-awareness to remember what you wrote and give yourself a cheerful ‘duuuuh’.

Daniel Ambrose
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
November 10, 2019 7:13 am

Cuba has done fine with their automobiles and does not need to make or import cars since the 50’s

Reply to  Daniel Ambrose
November 10, 2019 7:41 am

Really? The cost of a 1950s American car in Cuba, is more than it costs to buy a house.

You also forget about the Russian cars imported in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Very few of those left though, as the lifetime is short.

Reply to  Daniel Ambrose
November 10, 2019 11:01 am


Have you ever spoken to Cubans about their cars. When in Cuba we spoke to several locals about their cars. They would LOVE to have brand new reliable cars, but are prevented from doing so by US sanctions. The current cars from the 50s are a real pain to keep on the road. Getting spares or having to bodge repairs is an ever increasing nightmare for them.

Imaging have to keep your car going for like 70s years because you are not allowed to buy a new one!!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  harrowsceptic
November 10, 2019 7:22 pm

“They would LOVE to have brand new reliable cars, but are prevented from doing so by US sanctions.”

Cubans can buy new cars from countries that don’t sanction Cuba.. Just like Cubans can buy just about anything available from countries other than the U.S. Claiming U.S. sanctions are the big problem for Cuba is incorrect. Cuba’s problem is the communists have destroyed the economy and your average poor Cuban doesn’t have enough money to buy things that are available to them outside U.S. sanctions.

malcolm andrew keith bryer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 10, 2019 8:43 pm

When bureacrats are more powerful than the people — which to my mind describes Cuba — and when those bureacrats assume the mantle of infallibility ie knowing what the people really want is much more important that allowing them to choose ( again as in Cuba and also the former Soviet Union) the result is a bureacracy that regards itseklf as an elite destined to rule forever, with the mass of the people regarded as serfs of the state.
O, brave new world? Not at all.

Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, are all Feudal societies with the bare-faced cheek to call themselves revolutionary.

Dodgy Geezer
Reply to  ColMosby
November 10, 2019 6:52 am

I’m impressed!

It takes around 5 years to get a car from idea to production. Has there been a breakthrough in battery technology in the last couple of days, sorting out the range problem and enabling heavy vehicles to go electric?

Reply to  ColMosby
November 10, 2019 8:06 am

You need to realize that when car companies say they are going to electrify their entire line, what they mean is that there will be some electrical component to the power source. Most will be hybrids, which are still ICE vehicles with some degree of electric assist.

Reply to  ColMosby
November 10, 2019 8:23 am

even if all new vehicles are battery dodgems by 2025 (which is a quaint notion but about as likely to become reality as the 600 million Africans currently without electricity getting it from whirly-gigs and mirrors by 2025), the dent made in oil use by virtue of all new private automobiles being driven by electric motors is not something oil companies’shareholders are losing much sleep over. Oil demand isn’tsolely the preserve of deplorables driving SUVS: https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/articles/39/

Looking about, you may notice the absence of credible electric trucks, ships and aircraft; notwithtstanding the occassional token guesture, such as Elon Musk expanding his rent seeking to encompass a much hyped prototype electric semi-trailer realistically costing twice that of an equivalent proper truck, that could carry half a load about 300kg if an 11,800kg battery is provided, or a vapour-ware electric ship that even in dreamland might carry a paultry load of 100 containers 65 nautical miles – https://phys.org/news/2017-05-norway-self-sailing-electric-cargo-ship.html or the bold but frankly ridiculous claim from Avinor that all Norwegian domestic air-travel shall be by electric aircraft by 2040, backed up by the boss taking a short joy-flight in a battery powered ultra-light https://avinor.no/en/aviation/news/norways-first-electric-powered-flight-takes-to-the-skies/.

Even if all new private motor vehicles become electric by tea-time, global oil demand will not be markedly ‘driven down’, especially given the demand growth likely in Africa and Asia and also given all those electric cars need a reliable electricity supply in order to recharge; if the world continues to foist whirlygigs and mirrors on its electrical grids it means by default a sizable fleet of gas or deisel driven open cycle turbines – more than enough to replace the demand loss due to wealthy car owners moving to battery dodgem cars.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, a wholesale conversion to battery dodgem cars isn’t likely; the IEA, for all it’s cheer-leading for the cause, admits as much: https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo/pdf/transportation.pdf

Back to the subject of the article, Pointmans asks a few questions ‘why’, which appear to be along the lines of remarks from the delegates in Cape Town: https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/tell-me-why/
Why indeed?

Reply to  Erny72
November 10, 2019 9:42 am

Wasn’t Col being sarcastic?

Reply to  Erny72
November 10, 2019 12:10 pm

Hear Hear!

Reply to  ColMosby
November 10, 2019 8:51 am

In 5 years all new cars will be electric?
Are you completely delusional, or is someone paying you to make a fool of yourself?
Even with huge government subsidies, the sales of electric vehicles can barely break 1%. Every place the subsidies have been removed, sales of electric vehicles plummeted.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  MarkW
November 10, 2019 1:13 pm

“Even with huge government subsidies”

“Even with HUGE taxpayer subsidies”, there fixed that one for ya!!! Guvments have NO MONEY!!!!!, It’s ALL taxpayers’ money, & ain’t that a fact!!!!!! A friend! Honest!

Reply to  MarkW
November 12, 2019 1:11 am

Britain is now essentially plastic supermarket bag free as 10p is a lot to pay for a container in which to put food that comes in plastic trays, shrink wrapped with plastic film, or capped with vac formed plastic bubbles, or plastic bottles…
Its the same with cars.

1/. It signals immense virtue by those who make and buy them
2/. It create massive new sales as older cars are taxed out of existence.

In short it is a massive legislated bung to European car manufacturers for which the public will pay.

Rich Davis
Reply to  ColMosby
November 10, 2019 2:49 pm

Don’t be ridiculous. There is about zero chance that ICE cars will be less than 95% of cars sold in the US in 2025.

November 10, 2019 6:41 am

I am sick and tired of the lack of news media exposure that the truth speakers do not have!! Why do we have to hide on blogs and websites? Even mr broccoli had tv time on a busy morning tv show😐

Also, Why not the usa, Australia, russia, china, the whole of the middle east?? Why is africa bad? Even greta the vile puppet hasn’t mentioned china or russia or that sweden runs on nuclear and fossil fuels and not unicorn tears.

And what’s with the dress up? The uk is using african oil, and the same greens who say we need solar and wind, are using colbart from Congolese mines for their batteries, which according to a 2019 unicef report, has 40+ thousand under age slave children working in the mines 😐

John in Oz
Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 11:44 am

I cannot find any reference to a mineral/element called ‘colbart’.

I have noticed a few posts in WUWT using ‘colbart’ in the comments.

I believe you mean COBALT.

A petty annoyance that I would appreciate commenters correcting as mis-spellings derail ones’ train of thought while reading the informative (and sometimes less than informative) ideas raised in these comments.

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  John in Oz
November 10, 2019 3:38 pm

Is there not a replacement bus service of thought?

November 10, 2019 6:43 am

I’m not advocating this or even suggesting it, but I do muse at what would be the outcome if these ‘extinction revolution’ people were publicly stripped of everything on them derived from oil? You know, just to make ‘bare’ the issue.

Reply to  ScienceABC123
November 10, 2019 7:31 am

That crossed my mind, too. But I think the way to do it is to put them in a corner. Publicly offer to give them money after their next protest if they stage the protest without using any oil or oil derived products, including for transportation.

If they declined, they would be admitting they are hypocrites. If they accept, they would likely fail, exposing their ignorance of our use of oil. If they succeed, they will show the world just how much must be sacrificed to go oil free.

Dave Ward
Reply to  jtom
November 10, 2019 10:00 am

“If they declined, they would be admitting they are hypocrites”

They already have:


“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. 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.”

What part of a system “forced” them to use a genny? Could it be that they know perfectly well that a solar panel doesn’t provide any guaranteed output, whereas fossil fuels do?

Reply to  Dave Ward
November 10, 2019 12:16 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.”

Isn’t that a rather blatant admission that renewables are not reliable, and you need fossil fuel back-up? I’m amused he clearly didn’t think battery back-up was feasible.

Paul R Johnson
November 10, 2019 6:47 am

Extinction Rebellion calls out African oil-producing depots as “Climate Criminals” while ignoring their dismal human rights records. I guess “saving the planet” is more important than saving the people who live on it.

Dodgy Geezer
November 10, 2019 6:49 am

“……the days of the British Empire, a bunch of privileged white people trying to tell poor African nations how to run their countries…….”

Hmm…not exactly fair to the British Empire. At least they were improving the infrastructure of the countries they ruled. Extinction Rebellion are telling them to destroy it….

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
November 10, 2019 7:04 am

Dodgy Geezer

Firstly I like your name 😀 Secondly, the British only built infrastructure that they themselves needed, in india they still use the old trains and tracks, moat train stations are from the british rule, their is no British made sanitation or water supply… They serve only themselves, otherwise africa would be like europe

malcolm andrew keith bryer
Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 7:21 am

Yep. And if it wasn’t for the Romans the English woukld still be running around painted blue and wearing skins. Duuhh.

Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 7:38 am

Not quite. They may have ignored infrastructure, but they advanced India in other ways. They did not only serve themselves.

Reply to  jtom
November 10, 2019 9:15 am

The most important thing the English did for India did was to teach them the language of finance and commerce. Although unless we pay attention, this language may be changing from English to Manderin, especially if the English speaking world continues along the path of green insanity to the benefit of China.

Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 9:38 am


Virtually every civilised, Democratic nation in the world runs versions of both British Law and the British Parliamentary system.

The international language of business is English and English is India’s second language. India is also the largest Democracy in the world.

And whilst we Brits made mistakes with colonisation, there were only 7,000 British troops stationed in India at any one time however, the list of successful current/former British colonies is rather impressive: the USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Bermuda etc. And before Mugabe pitched up, imposed his Marxist regime, and kicked out white farmers who ran Zimbabwe along colonial lines, the nation was referred to as the bread basket of Africa. Now it’s just a desert.

There are many countries in Africa and the middle east that would do well to sell off land to colonisers and watch their countries improve immeasurably.

Reply to  HotScot
November 10, 2019 4:43 pm

I, for one, have long been amazed that the people of a relatively small island could impact civilization to the extent that the UK has.

Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 7:13 pm

“Sunny November 10, 2019 at 7:04 am
Dodgy Geezer
Firstly I like your name 😀 Secondly, the British only built infrastructure that they themselves needed, in india they still use the old trains and tracks, moat train stations are from the british rule, their{sic} is no British made sanitation or water supply… They serve only themselves, otherwise africa would be like europe”

“They serve only themselves, otherwise africa would be like europe”??
You mean only Soudan, Egypt and including South Africa, where the British fought the Boers who were Dutch Settlers?
King Leopold of Belgium controlled the Congo and France controlled a large portion of Africa.

Perhaps you could explain exactly what water facilities England, France or Belgium would build? They themselves used wells and pit toilets as did most of the world.
Sewage facilities are relatively modern as are water treatment plants.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
November 10, 2019 9:00 am

How do African nations that used to be British colonies compare to the African nations that were not?

Reply to  Gunga Din
November 10, 2019 9:40 am

Gunga Din

Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) used to be known as the bread basket of Africa until Mugabe pitched up and kicked out the white farmers.

Now it’s a dust bowl.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  HotScot
November 11, 2019 3:17 am

Not quite a “dust bowl” but certainly not managed the way it was under British rule. BTW, my wife is from Zimbabwe.

John McClure
November 10, 2019 7:06 am

I was trying to follow the ER money. According to The Mail hundreds of thousands of pounds are being collected from sympathisers across the world such as the rock band Radiohead which gave £250,000 and billionaire Sir Christopher Hohn who donated £50,000.

Here’s some info:
Compassionate Revolution Ltd, a U.K. Holding company, was the group which created Rising Up. Rising Up apparently created Extinction Rebellion. Websites for Compassionate Revolution and Rising Up are out of date and aren’t being updated.

Donations to ER are managed by Compassionate Revolution Ltd. Rising Up and ER do not appear to be incorporated and Compassionate Revolution Ltd is a Private Limited Corp. — it does NOT appear to be non-profit yet Gail Marie BRADBROOK lists her occupation as Not For Profit Manager. George William Blackmore BARDA is also a Director who lists his occupation as a Greenpeace Sales Rep.

Gail BRADBROOK is also a Director of CLIMATE EMERGENCY ACTION LTD. Catherine Lois Sayer has significant control of this company and is Secretary in Compassionate Revolution Ltd.

See: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09622618 for details and company filings for Compassionate Revolution Ltd.

See: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/12125792/filing-history
Articles of association for Climate Emergency Action’s objectives. The objectives position the company to support Compassionate Revolution Ltd which manages donations to ER and Rising Up.

John McClure
Reply to  John McClure
November 10, 2019 8:44 am

Company number 09622618
Incorporated on 3 June 2015
Company type: Private limited Company
2018 Assets: £18,498

Company number 12125792
Incorporated on 27 July 2019
Company type: Private company limited by guarantee without share capital

Excerpt follows: https://windowsontheworld.net/video_type/globalist-fake-revolution

To date 29/11/18 ER has raised £87.003 (3.30pm). We know the Campaign Owner on the crowd funding website is Rising Up, and the ‘Funds managed by Rising Up!’, and we know the holding company for Rising Up, is Compassionate Rebellion Ltd.

John McClure
Reply to  John McClure
November 10, 2019 9:45 am

What we know about Follow the Money so far:
The holding company Compassionate Revolution Ltd filed June 30, 2016 Assets at £2, June, 30 2017 Assets at £6,700, and June, 30 2018 Assets at £18,498.

Using their Rising Up division, an ER crowd funding project raised over £87,000 by 29/11/18.

If The Mail is accurate (not holding my breath), at least £300,000 was donated between December 1, 2018 to present.

Donations To fund “rebellious” antics, attract media coverage, additional donations, and accomplish nothing.

Reply to  John McClure
November 10, 2019 9:00 am

John Mcclure

Brilliant work, and thank you, the more information we can get on these scammers the better, I’m sure the news media would love this information, as the daily mail published the fact that xr “rebels” were getting paid £400 per week to do what they were doing… Also that Gail went on a £2500 holiday to costa rica a couple of years ago..

Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 9:48 am


I’m afraid it’s all old news. This has been known for a long time. Indeed Compassionate Rebellion tried something like XR a while ago. It didn’t work so the morphed into Rising up, which didn’t do much better, but they learned along the way. The morphed again into extinction rebellion which is doing better, but it still has nothing to do with climate, they wan’t to impose a Marxist regime.

In 2016, the year before establishing xr, Gail Bradbrook wen’t on an 11,000 mile trip to some island paradise where she took hallucinogenic drugs and dreamed up xr tactics. Naturally, she flew to her island paradise.

A former head of the Metropolitan Police anti terrorist unit recently published his research into xr and declared them a terrorist organisation.

John McClure
Reply to  HotScot
November 10, 2019 12:29 pm

Source of the following excerpts: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/07/16/treat-extinction-rebellion-extremist-anarchist-group-former/

July, 2019 Telegraph Article

Richard Walton, who headed the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command until 2016, said his investigation into XR revealed it had a “subversive” agenda rooted in the “political extremism of anarchism” rather than just campaigning on climate change.

He said he had uncovered evidence that XR leaders advocated “revolution” to overturn capitalism, mass protest and law-breaking aimed at achieving a breakdown of democracy and the state – an intent many of its middle class and celebrity backers appeared unaware of.

His 73-page report, to be published on Wednesday by think tank Policy Exchange, criticised Scotland Yard for its “passive” and “tolerant” response to XR’s London protests in April which caused gridlock at a cost of at least £28 million in lost shop takings and extra policing.
He recommended police adopt a “proactive” approach to prevent XR and other political activists embarking on  illegal tactics.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  John McClure
November 10, 2019 9:35 pm

Clearly ignored.

Reply to  John McClure
November 13, 2019 5:43 am

John McClure

Even with evidence, and from a respected former police officer, it seems they ignored him 😢

John McClure
Reply to  Sunny
November 10, 2019 10:04 am

It’s highly unlikely Gail got the money for the trip from Compassionate Revolution Ltd and I don’t care if she flys.

The tactics they are using are based on the Occupy nonsense. Occupy’s financial and organizational structure was just as convoluted.

It’s crazy to see people and Governments falling for/tolerating the same Nonsense/fraud.

Reply to  John McClure
November 10, 2019 6:31 pm

Tolerating ? I’ve said it here before, the likes of Greta and XR could almost be ready made for putting the brakes on CC concerns. Clearly CC is a nice little earner for governments, but it needs to be controlled otherwise it results in the promise of renewables being shown for the Crock it is. I’d imagine that those who would govern, having to explain rolling blackouts and all the other side effects of planetary concern, might face a backlash at the ballot box ?

November 10, 2019 7:07 am

Sjambok them.

David S
November 10, 2019 7:09 am

In the photo above there are about a dozen people protesting. All of them are wearing warm winter clothes which suggests it’s cold outside. And these enviro- nuts are complaining that we’re making the planet too warm? I don’t know how to get through to them other than to force them to live with the consequences of their own folly: Make them live for a year without heat, electricity or transportation from fossil fuels.

Adam Gallon
Reply to  David S
November 10, 2019 2:18 pm

Noticed the red buses in the background?
Guess what, photos from their antics in London, not South Africa.

November 10, 2019 7:10 am

Delegates were largely unmoved by the Extinction Rebellion protest. — article.

Well, finally, someone finally had enough sense to ignore these twits. Now if only someone in the UK will turn the hose on them in cold weather….

What???? I can dream, can’t I?

Reply to  Sara
November 10, 2019 9:49 am


No UK xr street protests in winter, it’s too cold!

Reply to  Sara
November 10, 2019 10:45 am

Too cold??? Oh, balderdash!!! There IS NO SUCH thing as cold weather! Didn’t you know that?? The Earth is burning up right now!!1 Perfectly warm…. or something like that. 🙂

November 10, 2019 7:37 am

Georgetown in Kansas have gone 100 percent renewables. The result? Power costs for consumers have gone up 22 percent. In Chile there has been so much unrest and riots as a result of high energy costs due to subsidies for renewables the United Nations climate conference COP 25 has been cancelled. Make Extinction Rebellion extinct! Trump is right to take the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. It is a fake backed by the bankers.
Only 3 percent of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is coming from the use of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Humans breathe it out. do the alarmists like Attenborough want us to die?

Jeff in Calgary
Reply to  Terri Jackson
November 10, 2019 9:19 am

I think your 3% number is a little off. I think it is closer to 25%.

Gary Mount
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
November 10, 2019 7:22 pm

There is annual contribution then there is accumulated concentration.

November 10, 2019 7:43 am

This group of nutcases are quickly going to morph into something like the Weather Underground. They will become full blown eco-terrorists. Count on it. They are the nuttiest of the nuts. Comrade Bill Ayers would be proud.

John the Econ
November 10, 2019 7:49 am

This has been Progressivism for generations now: Keep the third-world poor and dependant like they are supposed to be. These are the real racists.

Henning Nielsen
November 10, 2019 7:58 am

This is an ugly example of neo-colonialism. The Empire strikes back?

November 10, 2019 8:13 am

Dam racists!

November 10, 2019 9:03 am

Per the AP, Iran has found a new 50 billion barrel oil field. I look forward to Extinction Rebellion protesting in Tehran. With emphasis on the Extinction part.

Melvyn Dackombe
November 10, 2019 9:16 am

My point is why do we give them so much free publicity.

November 10, 2019 9:18 am

So it’s not OK for Africans to extract and sell fossil fuels but it’s OK for China to use them? How about the “developing” countries that have been supposedly denied access to the industrial revolution? It’s OK for them as well? But it’s not OK for those developing countries to use their own resources? The more people understand about the true intent of AGW the more skeptical they’ll become.

Stephen Skinner
November 10, 2019 10:44 am

” bunch of privileged white people”
be careful because this then implies that all white people are in on this. It does not include those such as the Yellow Vests, the Dutch Farmers, the Canning Town Tube commuters or Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, all of which are white and with the latter, privileged.

Reply to  Stephen Skinner
November 10, 2019 12:07 pm

be careful because this then implies that all white people are in on this

load of bollox. It is a comment about them alone, it does not “imply” the same about anyone else of any colour or any small or large number of similarly white people.

I’m actually getting quite interested in who this bunch of theatricals are. On the first appearance I guessed they were just some bunch of lefty artistic types who had access to a theatre wardrobe in some West End theatre and took a day off work to be theatrical in the street. But now they have popped up in S.A. with the same garb, it looks like they may have actually paid for the outfits to be made and the money and free time to fly around the globe with their wardrobe makeup crew.

Does anyone have any info who they are and where the money is coming from?

Gunga Din
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
November 10, 2019 3:22 pm

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_LeJfn_qW0&w=962&h=541%5D
This is an old video but since the name of the bank he visited isn’t mentioned, I’ve never been able to cash in on my “white privilege”.
(Guess I’ll have to depend on that Big Oil check if it ever gets here).

November 10, 2019 12:14 pm

“Extinction Rebellion calls Africa Oil Week delegates “climate criminals”

The white man’s burden


High Treason
November 10, 2019 12:42 pm

Declaration of a “Climate Emergency” is effectively the declaration of marshal law. In this case, it is the declaration of global marshal law where all resources are there at the beck and call of the UN, the very same body that reports the “bad news” and promotes the very idea of a climate crisis/ emergency in the first place. How very, very convenient is it that they are extorting hundreds of billions a year as well as potentially seizing control over all of humanity’s resources based on a scenario where the narrative is reported by them with debate suppressed largely by them. How convenient.
Conflict of interest of the absolutely highest order.
Perhaps UN stands for United Nazis.

layor nala
November 10, 2019 1:08 pm

I will lend them my sailing dinghy to do a tour of the African states to see what ‘living’ is all, about. And by the way, don’t forget to include Greta in the trip.

November 10, 2019 1:31 pm

Once again the condescending bourgeois socialists turn against their own protected group when it steps away from their agenda. It is always gratifying to see the socialists fighting amongst themselves as it saves us the bother.

Clarky of Oz
November 10, 2019 6:00 pm

I am waiting for them to assemble in front of the “Monument to the Peoples Heroes” or “The Great Hall of the People”.

I won’t hold my breath.

Stuart Moore
November 10, 2019 9:43 pm

It could be argued that Extinction Rebellion are by their actions and deliberate incorrect beliefs themselves the true Environmental Criminals.

Matthew Sykes
November 11, 2019 12:15 am

“British Empire, a bunch of privileged white people trying to tell poor African nations how to run their countries”

They were run better too. Compare Rhodesia to Zimbabwe.

The British Empire reinvested ~47% of the revenue back in the country. (Revenue they wouldnt have had had they not had the mining knowledge and markets the British bought (copper in Rhodesia for example).

This build roads, schools, hospitals. Bought law, stability and an end to tribal violence.

Monty Python’s ‘what have the Romans done for us’ might be worth thinking about when you make this kind of statement.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
November 11, 2019 3:22 am

In every case you cite, the local populace didn’t want “rule” from afar. Being ruled from the “Crown”. Sound familiar? Brexit? New Zealand severing contact with the Privy Council (2000-ish), in order to determine it’s own legal course?

November 11, 2019 4:52 am

Here in the UK we discover that our one Green MP, Caroline Lucas, ‘occasionally’ flies to the US to visit her son…

Define ‘occasionally’ – and relate it to the (normally one) flight which the rest of us plebs and non-believers take each year….

Reply to  David
November 11, 2019 7:30 am


I am from the UK and this is the first I’ve heard of caroline taking “holidays” to visit her son .. It must feel nice to book a flight and see your family when ever you like 😉

November 11, 2019 1:39 pm

Did the protesters arrive at the venue in fossil fueled vehicles, on bikes with petroleum based tires, or walk in shoes with soles made of…? Well, you get the idea.

Every part of their trip was made using oil-derived production.

V for Vendetta
November 12, 2019 6:57 am

Look at these climate cultists wearing imperialistic and globalistic clothing and shoes! That stuff is fabricated under unacceptable conditions and with poisonous chemicals in East Asia for a handful of dollars and sold for much more in the West – to feed greedy investors – after a long, CO2-intensive voyage on a ship or plane.
Sorry, but I can’t take these climate-hipsters seriously. Preach water, drink wine! Hypocrites!
I bet most of them are not vegans either.

Rudolf Huber
November 12, 2019 1:29 pm

Without stable and affordable energy African countries have very little chance to ever exit their predicament. They are poor, sometimes dirt poor. Is it immoral to want to live a better life? I don’t think so. Those people have the same right to pursue their happiness as we do. But a mobile phone totting, designer clothed do-nothing that lives in their parent’s basement won’t understand that. His/her life has only ever been about him/herself. Africans who want to better their lot in life are no criminals – but those calling them so are.

Johann Wundersamer
November 21, 2019 9:23 am

That’s the problem with Fridays school strikers.

On Fridays “21-year-old school striker Shannon Goodman maybe were told that their futures don’t forever belong them damned climate deniers.

So school strikers can take over their heritage soon and live ever lucky protesting ad lib.

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