Essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Breitbart; Boulder climate activist Wynn Bruce has died from self inflicted injuries, after setting fire to himself outside the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Boulder climate activist dies after apparent act of protest outside U.S. Supreme Court on Earth Day
Friend of Wynn Bruce says his actions in Washington, D.C., were planned to “bring attention to climate crisis”
By SHELLY BRADBURY | firstname.lastname@example.org and NEW YORK TIMES | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: April 24, 2022 at 6:05 p.m. | UPDATED: April 24, 2022 at 6:36 p.m.
The Boulder man who set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Earth Day apparently acted in protest of inaction on climate change.
Wynn Bruce, 50, a climate activist, died Saturday, a day after his actions in front of the nation’s highest court in Washington, D.C. He was airlifted for treatment but did not survive.
Kritee Kanko, who described herself as Bruce’s friend and a Zen Buddhist priest in Boulder, said on Twitter that Bruce’s actions were a planned protest.
“This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis,” she said in a tweet.
She declined to comment further when reached by The Denver Post on Sunday, saying she needed time to grieve.
However, she told The New York Times she was not completely sure of Bruce’s motivations, the newspaper reported, saying that “people are being driven to extreme amounts of climate grief and despair” and that “what I do not want to happen is that young people start thinking about self-immolation.”
There are indications that Bruce had contemplated this action for some time.
…Read more: https://www.denverpost.com/2022/04/24/wynn-bruce-climate-change-self-immolation/
We at WUWT are saddened by the loss suffered by Wynn Bruce’s family and friends.
We urge anyone who feels extreme emotional distress about climate change or anything else to reach out to friends and family, and seek professional counselling.
I am rarely at a loss for words, but this just leaves me speechless.
Bad way to go.
And for what?
To die for a lie. That multiplies the tragedy.
Isn’t it time for litigation against alarmists? They have continually made false doom and gloom predictions which now has had obvious effects on the mental well being of their subjects. Kids are crying in the streets, its become a total farce.
If only he had had a skeptical friend who could have shown him how the Piltdown Mann hid the decline. But he apparently didn’t.
This is commentary either on friendship or on the availability of information in this ‘Information Age’.
Unfortunately, a skeptical friend couldn’t have saved him as he was in thrall to a religious cult. No amount of evidence will do. There is simply no possible means of convincing a true believer that his or her beliefs are false..
At least he set himself on fire instead of a bunch of other people.
Suicide is almost always a result of mental illness. I’m sure his friends and family will have seen a pattern of mental health problems. Most suicides are preventable if the people around the sufferer notice the signs and reach out to help or intervene. It is unfortunate that some will politicize this as a message that
climate changeglobal warming is an “existential threat” that people are bravely willing to die to warn the rest of us about. In reality it is a sobering reminder to watch for the signs of suicide and do something.
Unfortunately mental illness is more prominent among leftists as many surveys show, which probably comes as little surprise to those of us who watch and wonder at the bizarre ideas that many of them believe.
It is a sober reminder that belief in “Climate Change™” is a mental illness, as is the belief that Communism will lead to something other than universal misery if only we do it harder.
I wish more people who believed these things would kill themselves – it makes the world a better place and it saves us from having to do it later (when they become violent towards people who don’t share their
Suicide is almost always a result of mental illness
What’s most troubling to me is the comment by his so-called “friend” “This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis”
That’s a horrible mindset.
Sounds like his so-called “friend” could be next with that delusional comment in response to her fellow cultists action. Oh, well.
This was not suicide. It was political performance art.
Suicide results from despair and the feeling that no other action will make the pain stop. The question is why Mr. Bruce felt this way over such a thing. It makes us realize that this whole “Anthropogenic Climate Change” thing is truly a religion in and of itself and makes up some people’s entire worldview.
What the heck was he trying to do?
Set an example to millions of naive youngsters around the world who happen to believe in the lies propagated by the UN and many governments and their institutions?
If so, Dante Alighieri has reserved a place for Mr. Bruce in one of the rings of the 9th circle.
Yeah, I know it shows that he was insane and not in control of his actions, but to be very brutally honest, I feel nothing but contempt and disgust at this ultimate narcissistic act.
Sorry, not sorry.
His last act of climate protest was to pollute the environment.
I feel sorry for his friends and family, and concern for his fellow travelers in the climate crisis cult – their concern for the environment and lack of critical thinking skills have been taken exploited for political gain, regardless of the cost in lives and people’s wellbeing.
R.i.p. Wynn Bruce – may God have mercy on your soul, you knew not what you did, brainwashed and whipped up into a frenzy by the alarmists.
“What the heck was he trying to do?”
I agree with you, that his goal seems to have been to induce the rest of humanity to take steps that will necessarily cause massive poverty, deprivation, and an uncountably huge number of deaths, if the message were ever heeded, that we must stop using the energy sources that keep us all alive and healthy.
We would not simply revert to how things were just prior to the industrial revolution, because there are now billions upon billions of people who depend on energy for food and warmth, to stay clothed and housed, and for virtually everything we have that keeps us alive.
I believe, as it seems you do as well, that it must be true though that far more harm is done by those who continue on, ceaselessly spreading message of doom and hopelessness and despair, many of them doing so daily to large numbers of young and impressionable minds.
Please tell me he didn’t use a FOSSIL Fuel to set himself alight! The irony….it burns.
I never even thought of that.
The likelihood that he did definitely layers on the irony.
He sat on a Tesla battery.
Well, that wouldn’t work because it wouldn’t have produced the fire ‘on demand.’ Sort of like the types of electric generation such a deluded individual would support.
You win the Internet today!
Plus, they flew him away for emergency treatment. Hope the airplane wasn’t fossil fuel powered.
If you see Buddha on the road – kill him . Lin Chi
For hubris and solipsism. As usual with Puritan sects that show zeal and not only grumbling.
Zealots are convinced Providence or Predestination (in whatever form) is on their side. Thus they always double down if they lose, because they surely will win “in the end”. If in doubt, also double down: this both shows virtue and invokes sunk cost mentality. Eventually, doubling down itself becomes an unquestioned habit, and for warped perception it’s both reaffirmation of faith and a step toward victory. Then the rest of us are treated to an unsettling sight of someone imitating a tortoise from The Encantadas who repeatedly rammed a mast for half the night. Or woodpecker on a concrete post, if you prefer.
Self-destruction is simply the final step of this road.
Finally, I get it! It’s so clear now! Thank you for your sacrifice. /sarc
Seriously, try to convince me again how this is not a cult.
Or better yet a Religion
Planned Martyrhood: self-abortion A wicked solution, but his life, his Choice.
A Twilight Faith (i.e. emanations from penumbras, conflation of logical domains), nominally “secular” Pro-Choice “ethical” religion (i.e. behavioral protocol), liberal (i.e. divergent) ideology to realize his principles in society.
The only thing this deluded fool called any attention to was just how deluded he was.
May God have mercy on his soul…
Good going Greta … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsePPZW4wuY
Powerful. Greta leads a death cult.
Greta has the most evil eyes I have ever seen.
All he did was prove climate activists are as crazy as we think they are.
He proved that media alarmism is deadlier than most realize it to be. These talking heads should be alarmed and ashamed of the deadly influence they are peddling.
A lot of young activists are responding to their parents’ urgings. This isn’t the first self-immolation. A young protester burned himself to death several years ago when his mother goaded him to act instead of just talking about his beliefs. I don’t see it on Google and don’t remember the source. Mom was a high profile type, so her words of inspiration were on record somewhere or other. Sick.
I think one of the worst things about climate change alarmism is the grief, anguish, and despair it inflicts on people who are prone to worry about such things. They are suffering for nothing.
Inferential logic. Plausible science. A cargo cult. A social contagion.
I have been critical of Sigma Xi because of their unscientific political activities, but maybe they are on to something. “Register today to participate in the next mental health “Happy” Hour this Wednesday, April 20, 3–4 p.m. ET, facilitated by our wellness partner, Happy. This monthly series brings together the Sigma Xi community for conversations about building resilience and finding solutions to challenges we may face as individuals and as a community.
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Worse – if they get their way, we will ALL be suffering for nothing.
Mental illness is frequently tragic and treatable.
But we need the media to recognize mental illness as such. This disturbed individual will be lionized as a martyr on MS/CNN, much like Lia Thomas but for more disturbing reasons.
Social progress. The wicked solution (e.g. self-abortion) is neither novel nor unique. #NoJudgment #NoLabels
and generally initiated around adolescence as the frontal lobes re-arrange cognitive pathways (read Sarah Jane Blakemore ),unfortunately one of the long standing remedies (middle ages onwards) for mental illness was cold shock therapy, i.e. dousing in a cold river, a form of slight vasovagal syncope shock. but I
ve never come across a heat cure. Believe m, unfortunately not all mental illness istreatable` in the general sense of the word and we still use ECT with no gaurantee
You can Google “fatalities wind turbine construction” There are probably other deaths that have a direct link Climate Change policies.
My sympathy for his family and other acquaintances.
True this, and all the lives that will never be because people refusing to have children due to the “climate crisis”.
Not to sound too synical, but I suggest anyone who believes there is a climate crisis, should probably not be breeding.
Difference between cynical and insightful is in perspective.
What you see is a self-regulating system in the particular phase of its cycle. As virtue signalling becomes increasingly self-destructive, this increases selection pressure against predisposition toward drinking kool-aid.
Of course, it’s also destructive toward everyone and everything around. But the Yellow Tiger/Pol Pot type outcome is not the only possibility.
You could yield similar results with Googling “Rooftop Solar Fires” & “Deaths”
On second thought Google is stifling certain searches, Duckduckgo might be the better option
To each steering engine a bias per chance prejudice.
Even DDG recently announced they would be filtering “misinformation”
We can only wonder how many of the people, young and old, who commit suicide, do so in whole or in part because of alarmism induced fatalism?
Add onto those people some huge number of drug overdoses by people who see no point in life on a “dying planet”.
Then realize that for every person who dies of suicide or drug overdose, there are many more who are suicidal or addicted, but do not die…they just suffer on and on, bringing misery and chaos wherever they go, to every life they touch.
‘Kritee Kanko, who described herself as Bruce’s friend and a Zen Buddhist priest in Boulder, said on Twitter that Bruce’s actions were a planned protest.’
Sad. Someone should have tried to intervene.
Like maybe the “friend”? He was obviously in on it.
Wasn’t it described as a “she”?
That’s today. Tomorrow, who knows.
Certainly won’t self identify as a fire extinguisher but a Toaster is possible
Their pronouns are she/her, you monster!
Here is a link for an essay from her.
Sounds like the same old Communism.
You have to admire their perseverance. The Communists identify a cultural institution, then make a headlong rush to infiltrate and take it over.
A lot of stuff you hear out of the middle east will have this communist sound, and sure enough there is a strong vein of Marxist Islam. Do a search.
The Marxists have made many ventures into Christianity. This is pretty well known. “Liberation Theology,” and other efforts.
So, I guess it is no surprise that the Marxists have tainted Buddhism, as well.
Krittee’s essay – from 2020
“According to Zen priest and climate scientist Kritee…”
In Boulder? I doubt it.
“‘Kritee Kanko, who described herself as Bruce’s friend and a Zen Buddhist priest…”
Kritee appears to have got hold of the wrong end of the stick about zen.
Zen is the way of direct perception of reality. Its practitioners have no need of priests.
Kritee is a fake, although she may not have realised it.
Someones gotta ask this…..How much CO2 is generated by a burning body?
That’s what I was thinking….you would think he would have chosen a carbon-neutral way of death, especially with the point he was attempting to make. Like drinking cyanide or perhaps falling on a sword (though of course the sword would have required some CO2 emissions in its forging).
STILL not ‘carbon neutral.’ The body decomposes, regardless of the method of death…
When this starts happening, a line has been crossed that should not have been crossed.
If the skeptics of this climate scare narrative are not taken seriously and are not listened to, I fear there will be more suicides in the years ahead, especially in the Extinction Rebellion movement. The totally irresponsible statements made by the U.N. secretary-general a while back were over the top as are the statements of anyone else making similar comments.
This what can happen when we live in a society where the dissemination of information is controlled by those who are driven by their own activist agenda, belief systems and worldview. And that statement applies to the U.N., the governments of the world, academia, the mainstream media, NGO’s and scientific institutions.
Regarding the climate issue, the needless emotional and psychological suffering that is going on now, as much as anything else, is a result of the scientific illiteracy of the masses. Taking advantage of children only makes it worse. That scientific illiteracy allows the scientifically literate to take advantage of the masses when the climate scare narrative serves the purpose of the literate ones. It is cruel and inhumane.
If and when the fear and panic get worse in the months and years ahead, I fear something far more dramatic than one suicide will happen as a result of this CAGW narrative. What it will be and when it will happen, I know not.
As I have said in the past, human ignorance and stupidity are two of the biggest threats to our own well-being. My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bruce.
Found something v-e-e-e-r-r-ry interesting folks, if it is true….
On Twitter, Dr. Ryan Maue is reporting that Bruce’s views on the climate “emergency” were formed by an online course that Bruce apparently took. This is based on a posting that Bruce put on this Facebook account according to Dr. Maue….
You get just one guess as to who teaches the course….
The teacher? It’s worse than I thought. Sickening.
And for those who haven’t clicked yet, no, it’s not the usual suspect, Algore. You’d expect it from him, but not this time.
I have no doubt Michael Mann is contributing to general feelings of despair, but in my experience with people I knew who reach this point in their mind, anything could tip them over the edge. Even if it was Mann’s course in this case, if Wynn hadn’t done the course the trigger probably would have been something else, like running out of milk, a flat tyre, or too many TV ads during his favourite programme.
“You get just one guess as to who teaches the course….”
Got it in one.
wOw! I’m impressed, jorge! I went for the Goreacle.
I got it in one as well. the Goreacle is just a grifter, in it for the big money and nothing else. a course like that is small potatoes for him.
Mann, on the other hand, is in it for pure self-agrandizement. It’s an ego trip for him (hence his big upping himself as a “nobel prize winner” in legal filings, when he was never the recipient of such an award as the novel prize committee has attested) and he doesn’t care who gets destroyed in the process just as long as his ego is stroked. Teaching such a course helps stroke his ego.
Who sold him the petroleum products and when did they know it could ignite? Is the UN culpable? Is the Democrat Party culpable?
It’s sadly ironic if he used a Fossil Fuel as the flammable agent.
Alternatively, he could have used a Tesla PowerWall battery to electrocute himself.
That is, if the physical exertion of hauling a PowerWall battery along the street didn’t do him in first.
See, a 2-gallon container of gas weighs about 20 pounds.
Whereas a PowerWall weighs 251 pounds.
It’s all about energy density, folks.
Tesla batteries are the new must have for self immolation
One wouldn’t necessarily have to deadlift the PowerWall down the street. work smarter not harder. One can use a non-powered wheeled cart (the proverbial little red wagon) to make transportation more viable. Still would be quite the drag, but not a “do him in first” level of exertion.
Bring it in a Tesla and put a shorting bar over the battery – the resulting fire will be much more impressive!
It saddens me whenever someone, especially seemingly physically healthy, takes their one life.
That said, I wondered what flammable material he used. Based on the intensity of the flames and its sooty smoke, I would guess gasoline.
Another suicide. I thought Boulder had plenty of mental health professionals. Suicide is a sign of mental illness and that’s all that should be considered. Climate has nothing to do with it. If it wasn’t climate it would be some other problem.
I disagree. People don’t commit suicide only because they have a mental illness (endogenous depression). Many commit suicide because they lose hope for the life they live. It is often a situational response when life loses all meaning. Common triggers are illness, loss of friendship or romantic support, loss of opportunity, poverty, psychological or physical abuse, chronic pain. Teaching people that the world is ending because of climate change, that people are the cause, that having children is a blight on the planet and that everything you enjoy in life is just one more nail in the coffin of planet Earth will be the direct cause of many more suicides. There should be accountability.
Are you saying we should sue the IPCC for foisting this climate change crazy on humanity?
Wouldn’t that be wonderful. Get a few Attornies General onside and an Oreskes-type harridan to orchestrate a #IPCCknew and do some serious sue and settle SLAPPstick
There are plenty of Atrocities General to be had.
Extra points for use of harridan. Last heard in reference to the Hilldebeest.
Well worth doing but only if there is a credible prospect of success and sound legal basis for doing so.
A fundamental error in logic would be the assumption that the motivation for “ordinary” suicide is congruent to that for self-immolation. Yes, accountability is necessary.
I disagree The poor chap was literally scared to death by the doom-mongers
Suicide may well be a sign of mental illness, but this illness can unfortunately be encouraged by people who give off the impression that dying for The Cause is heroic.
Every imbecile who applauds this man’s action as a brave statement that brings attention to the need to save the planet, etc., unfortunately encourages the next unstable fool to go out “heroically” too.
Whenever there is a prominent suicide story, there are always copycats in the days and weeks to come.
Glorifying it seems like a sure way to make sure there are many more, not less, of such acts of madness.
To play the anti-Simon, you are saying that by ridiculing this person, we might actually be saving lives down the line.
There’s a part of me that thinks if all the “climate crisis” true believers want to follow suit, let them have at it. As long as they do it only to themselves.
At least then the rest of us can get on with improving the human condition, as opposed to making it far worse, which is what the “goal” of these deluded idiots is.
This self immolation is brought to you by Al Gore Inc. And now a word from our other greenwashing sponsors.
I guess he did not care what his death by flammable materials would do to the environment. There are other ways to kill oneself that do not harm te environment.
It is too bad he did not seek out mental health professionals.
Indeed. Seems like a strangely carbon-emitting way of killing yourself. You would think that Climate Faithful would do something more thoughtful, like bury themselves alive.
“Climate grief and despair” ?????
I can understand someone reading through some historical tomes and feeling despair at how brutal people have been down the ages. Consider the “enlightened” twentieth century and the tens of millions who have died under Communism and the conditions of imprisonment like in the Russian Gulags. Here we have good reason for despair. However, climate is an entirely different matter. If people are looking for a cause that is really concerned about people, there are plenty and they have nothing to do with climate.
Forest Gump said it best…..”Stupid is as stupid does”….. Its a terrible way to go, but the man was obviously deluded.
As Hawkeye Pierce once wryly observed: “We need more people like that, then we would have less people like that.
Just one more piece of evidence that leftist ideology is truly a mental disorder.
Too soon. Just too damn soon!
There is some contradiction in the self-immolation being based on the use of a fossil fuel. However, Buddhists apparently believe that the poor sod will be reincarnated into a better life. I’m afraid that he will not be there anymore to be disappointed in that expectation. What a sad waste of a life.
At least he could get nominated for a Darwin Award.
Pre- or post-ignition
I hate to make light of this tragedy, but did he use fossil fuels to do this?!
Hypocrisy to the very end!!
Insanity is wide spread and this is an extreme example. Very sad. Self-immolation? Details are not given, but I’m guessing that might well involve petroleum products, right? In any event it was open burning which produces CO2 aplenty. One the other hand, that’s one less mouth to feed, one less car driving around, assuming he had a car, one less airline passenger, etc., etc. Climate change is not a big issue with people, sorry. “But most people in the world apparently do not agree. For the almost 10 million people who voted in the UN’s “My World” poll that was on the web between 2013 and 2020, “Action on climate change” ranked dead last, despite the agency listing that priority first among issues to be selected from.” What a waste. If he visited WUWT often he would probably still be alive.
“ If he visited WUWT often he would probably still be alive.”
Maybe not – he could have just visited to be another troll and learn nothing.
You know, like Griff, Lyodo, The Last Nail, etc. ad nauseum.
Litterally Self Immolation is the act of sprinkling ones – self with oatmeal. Apparently Romans used to do this to the poor beastie that they were despatching to the gods via a barbie.
I therefore urge us all to self immolate in the cause of climate scepticism in this harmelss manner!
At this point deaths due to climate change hysteria and anxiety (at least 5) out number deaths due to actual climate change (0). In fact, the dramatic decline in weather related deaths over the last several decades indicate that if climate change is having any effect on mortality it is to substantially reduce it.
Don’t forget February, 2020 in Texas. The hundreds who died there from hypothermia due to the failure of the electricity were victims of the climate crackpots.
Nominated for the 2022 Darwin Award?
You can get almost as much attention if you super glue your butt to the steps. But it hurts much less.
At least until they scrape you off.
I think the people who do that sort of thing should just be left there and ignored. THAT might actually teach them something.
Suffering from Climate Change Catastrophe (CCCDS)? Take two aspirin and half a bottle of whisky twice daily for one year – visit your psychiatrist if symptoms persist…
Sad for the friends and family but mental illness is quite common. There are cases of people sterilizing for fear of future climate and also a few suicides, the small number indicates that the vast majority don’t really buy into the propaganda. All the noise comes a few thousand activists.
We the people should demand that the IPCC specifically define what climate change means and how is it measured. When they fail at this exercise perhaps the Alarmists will see the light…..I definitely won’t hold my breath.
The climate change alarmists and their propaganda organ, the Leftwing Media, have been trying as hard as they can to scare us all to death for years over CO2 and the Earth’s climate, and obviously, they are being successful in their efforts to a certain extent.
Meanwhile, there is no evidence CO2 is a danger to anyone or anything.
This poor man who died has been lied into his grave.
Pretty much what you’d expect of a religious zealot. The climate fraud is religion for atheists, Gaia/God, C02/Satan and our personal sacrifice required to reach Heaven/Utopia and avoid a hell on Earth. It hits all the subconscious buttons of early conditioning; and it’s total inversion – the breath of life becomes the gas of death. And what to make of the fact that carbon is 6 protons, 6 neutrons & 6 electrons: the human body is carbon-based – the ‘Number of Man’ and the designers of the eco-tyrannical new world order intend to replace currency with a carbon chip – ie the ‘Number of the Beast’, the dual meaning of prophecy defined. So is it Divine Warning, a lucky coincidence or pure evil genius to control & enslave humanity with a carbon jackboot?
It’s a silicon chip, I think?
The number of the beast is actually 616 according to the early bible manuscripts, not 666. It makes for a slightly different inference, but no less powerful for all that.
All who push the Climate Lies are partly responsible. Hope they’re happy.
Unfortunately, I called this years ago as I saw the eliminationist rhetoric being mainstreamed.
Condolences to his family and true friends, and a curse on anyone in his circle who encouraged this behaviour, in any way.
Did the Denver media contribute to this outcome with doom reporting and false attributions?
Believing the media can be deadly.
Every single person who worked to sell the lie that is climate change/global warming shares the blame for this and many other human tragedies linked to this cult of anti-humanism. They insist we keep poor countries poor by limiting access to cheap reliable energy; they insist that waisting 40% of the US corn crop on ethanol which lowers vehicle mileage, damages engines and consumes more land is ecologically and ethically sound behaviour while it raises food prices for the most vulnerable and will, with certainty, result it the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children from malnutrition; they insist that the great tragedy of the war in Ukraine is that it distracts a malevolent power-hungry dictator from focusing on his nation’s carbon emissions. These people have blood on their hands and there is no washing it off.
“…waisting 40% of the US corn crop…”
Judging from my waist, I’ve consumed more than my share of the corn crop.
” These people have blood on their hands and there is no washing it off.”
And just imagine what would happen if, just for the sake of argument, everyone was to suddenly believe that we must instantly stop all usage of fossil fuels, at all, and then we all stopped using them?
The deaths would be in the billions within months.
Biden just raised the ethanol level from 10% to 15% in order to reduce gasoline prices. Makes sense, just like cancelling Keystone.
No friends or family to reason with him? Obviously mentally ill and needing help. Such a needless, useless death.
His family should sue the media, the UN, the WEF, the NEA, the EPA, etc.
May the Almighty have mercy on his tortured soul.
Five years ago on Earth Day weekend, someone may have been targeting Dr John Christy of UAH.
Luckily, he didn’t succeed & no one else tried to succeed either. It was also a good thing that this
protester wasn’t like-minded- acting to destroy his “enemy”!
Planned Martyrhood. A wicked solution. Self-abortion for social, redistributive, clinical, and fair weather (e.g. climate stasis) causes.
Talk about dying in vain. There is no climate emergency as we all know. The devil has to be laughing his @ss off at this poor, misguided soul.
There are people across the world dying every day for want of cheap, fossil fuel derived energy.
I can’t summon up any sympathy for this character.
Well there’s someone who finally found a local spot of global warming. Perhaps its was an ethanol accelerant, rather than a high octane carbon polluting fuel.
When there are record snow falls all around the world, and the Antarctic records its coldest temperature ever, the jig is up. People know UHI is forcing up land based temperature measurements, but all the while the planet is actually getting colder.
So with the truth so obvious, the goose green kingdom of greta and gore comes tumbling down. Form up the goose green suicide squads.
Did you see any of the burning pictures? Looks too sooty for ethanol.
I cannot bring myself to look for or at any images of such an act.
I wonder though…did he just sit there?
If so, I would think he must have dosed himself heavily with something.
Because I cannot imagine anyone would not instantly regret setting themselves on fire once they felt what it must have felt like.
Horribly, he ran around waving arms and it was a large blaze.
That is what I would imagined would happen.
If you could see the flames, it wasn’t ethanol. Unless you’re Greta, who could see the CO2 resulting from the burn [/sarc if I really need it] (so STILL not “carbon neutral!” D’oh!).
See, those NASCAR races we watched as kids did teach us something!
UK Government given go ahead for opening first coal mine in 30 years.
Power stations Other energy Domestic Industry
UK coal consumption 2000-2020
The ultimate in virtue signaling.
“We at WUWT are saddened by the loss suffered by Wynn Bruce’s family and friends.”
Really Eric? Maybe you should read some of the comments here then, because I think “saddened” is a long way from how the commenters feel. But then I suspect you knew that.
I’m saddened that you and people like you drove this guy to suicide, so many people are depressed over this idiocy, kids seeing no point in going to school, etc.
None of us need to look in the mirror. That is for the alarmists.
I continue to point out in social media that parents of kids who off themselves over “climate emergency” need to go find those responsible.
There has to be consequences for actions.
And your problem is?
I shouldn’t have to explain it but…. when someone takes their life, irrespective of why they did it, it is not a time to use their death to make a point. Eric knew the wolves would circle on this one, but he still delivered the message, then coated it with fake sympathy. I say that it pretty low.
Why not? Because it embarrasses the climate cataclysm campaigners? Yes it would be nice if you could hide behind pretend niceties but not a chance. The CAGW crowd has displayed no such deference when it comes to pretending every bad outcome is due to fossil fuels and the CO2 emissions they bring. In fact fetishizing the depression and anxiety of young people because of the false belief in CAGW has become a common talking point for the proponents of this utter nonsense.
And once again, Simon makes the claim that he knows exactly what others are thinking.
It isn’t possible that Eric was expressing what he really felt, because Simon has already concluded that those who oppose him are evil, and evil people simply cannot have good motives.
As to using their death to make a point, that was exactly why the guy killed himself.
I thought even you would be smart enough to figure that out for yourself.
And that’s where you went wrong. 🙂
Low is denying that there is any culpability of those that push the doomsday climate crisis crap! They are lower than the worms at the bottom of the Marianas trench that live off whale dung.
Simon, you should be worshiping this ex-guy.
He was one of yours….. he is a martyr for your cause.
Make a statue of him and bow down…
Dying for a non-cause.. really quite pathetic, and mentally deranged,wouldn’t you say.
“Dying for a non-cause.. really quite pathetic, and mentally deranged,wouldn’t you say.”
Thank you for so comprehensively making my point.
What cause that induces suffering and death of millions around the world could possibly be considered worthy?
Those are the unwilling martyrs to your cause that you never speak about.
Around 2015 the WHO estimated that by 2050 120,000,000 people in developing nations will die from respiratory illnesses caused by cooking over open, wood fires.
This can be alleviated by providing them access to cheap, reliable, fossil fuel energy. But fanatics like you won’t allow it. That’s 3.5 million people a year dying needlessly, a known problem today, but you’re more worried about what might happen, with no historic evidence whatsoever, in 20 and 30 years time.
It’s utterly revolting.
How is that proving your point? No ridicule, no making fun of the victim. He just told the truth.
He died for a cause that never existed, and any rational person would call that pathetic. And anyone who would kill themselves, especially in a way that painful, definitely mentally unbalanced, to say the least.
As usual, when in a hole, Simon specializes in digging deeper.
It is you and your fellow warmist scaremongers that are totally to blame for this situation
The guy has obvious mental issues, its you and your fellow AGW scammer prey on this sort of illness.
Trying to back out of being the cause, refusing to accept responsibility, only sinks you even further into the moral abyss.
Millions of people die every day, and most of them do not do anything to bring about their own demise.
How many tears do you shed, or thoughts do you give, for all of the people who are murdered every day?
We all know how we are supposed to feel when someone dies, but in truth, how much actual pain does one feel for all the people that die whom we never met and have no connection to?
It is wrong to say that no one here has any sympathy though.
I have as much as I can have for someone who takes their own life pointlessly.
I have horror when I consider how it must be to die by immolation.
I have been at death’s door on multiple occasions, after various accidents.
It is no fun to be in agonizing pain and to think you are gonna die…to know you will die if you do not fight with every bit of your will for every single breathe for hours and hours. Days.
I have sympathy, but the idea that any words we share between ourselves is some sort of ghoulish hatefest is itself a sort of hate.
Life goes on, and the living must make sense of the world we live in, as best as we can.
Some of us also feel a responsibility to think about how such an event may harm others who are vulnerable and misguided or similarly disaffected by what they perceive of the world and in their lives.
I shouldn’t have to explain it but…. when someone takes their life …
as direct result of the self-serving hype that is pedaled by, and defended by, those that the victim misguidedly saw as compatriots, it is past time to point out the evil associated with those that actually guided the victim toward his end.
You Simon, are a very disgusting & evil person.
“You Simon, are a very disgusting & evil person.”
I think you must be looking in the mirror. I know nothing of this man and nor do you. For all we know he may well be suffering from a serous mental illness that has nothing to do with CC. But that doesn’t stop parasites like you salivating at his death because now you can hang him high and make a fool of him and in doing so peddle your cause. Tell me again who the disgusting evil person is?
I’m not in the least sympathetic towards this guy, his cause or his family and friends.
I liken this to so called Islamic terrorism. It’s not Islamic terrorism. People call it that to distance it from what it really is, Muslim terrorism. And within Muslim communities, people know what’s going on, they know who the likely terrorist’s are, the elders and Imams know who these people are, but no one says anything because their faith doesn’t allow it. Indeed, their faith tells them it’s perfectly in order to lie to the Infidels.
Same with this guy. He was clearly obsessed with the impending end of the world. He must have conveyed that obsession to family and friends. No one could be this nutty about a subject and not be seen as obsessed, yet they did nothing about or for him.
The deceit, selfishness and stupidity of this action needs to be called out and exposed for what it is. Sheer violent dishonesty by people like you who are happy to see him martyr himself for your crazy cause. But it’s worse than that, isn’t it? Millions of others around the world, die every day for want of the comfort, prosperity and security fossil fuels offers them. The difference is, he had a choice.
Whilst I’m not religious, I agree entirely with the concept that suicide is a crime against the sanctity of life. Which is why terrorist suicide bombings are not just a crime against humanity and individuals, it displays an evil disregard for precious life by the perpetrators and his/her accomplices.
It also encourages similarly obsessed people to attempt similar actions, or simply give up on life in despair because they are being lied to by people like you.
Life today has never been better for humanity at any time in history, and tomorrow it will be even better, because that is the nature of man. But you peddle the myth that somehow, life will be worse tomorrow than is is today and that’s not just wrong, it’s evil.
The fake sympathy is yours entirely.
Where is your condemnation of this guy’s so-called “friend” who immediately tried to make political capital by saying..
““This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis””
Not a word, hey. !
You just let this vile and disgusting attempt at propaganda go through, without objection, didn’t you.
We all know where the real “vile” is, and its not us.
Rational, mature people can harbour more than one reaction to an event, Simon.
Sorrow can be accompanied by frustration, despair, even black humour.
All of which is in evidence here.
But most important is what people THINK about the circumstances of this bloke’s demise, and the utter FUTILITY of his actions.
Me, I reckon what was in play here is that same cult mentality that led to the Jonestown Kool-Aid tragedy.
All so stupid and unnecessary.
Really Simon? David Buckel in 2019 and now Wynn Bruce – both set themselves on fire to draw attention to ‘climate change’ in an act of sheer self-delusion based on the same rhetoric that you espouse. How you still have the nerve to come on this site after that simply astounds and horrifies me.
Ever notice how leftists and totalitarians have trouble thinking of people as individuals.
If one person thinks one way, then everyone they don’t like must also think that way.
A couple of people have been less than sympathetic, therefore everyone here at WUWT is a heartless cad.
I am Sparkacus sic.
I’m sympathetic to the poor guy.
Imagine being so gullible that you fall for the AGW scam, and let it destroy your life. !
Rather than try to make Eric responsible for comments at the remarkably open WUWT, Simon should take responsibility for promoting voodoo that causes widespread, and occasionally extreme, harm. Sorry, Simon, you make me feel like I’m glad I don’t know you any better.
The policy prescriptions that Simon and his ilk espouse would eliminate the very means by which 7 billions souls are kept fed and housed and clothed and cared for and from freezing to death.
And they would have us do so precipitously, long before any alternative means have been devised to make sure we can continue on feeding and otherwise keeping alive the vast multitude on the Earth.
Many of them openly call for depopulation, but the fact is that eliminating the sources of energy that maintain our civilization translates in no uncertain terms to deaths on a scale the world has never seen.
This guy seems to have killed himself in an attempt to induce the rest of us to commit civilizational suicide, along with all that entails, including massive numbers of human beings dying badly, in short order.
Simon, I think it likely Wynn Bruce had other problems.
But if it was climate despair alone which drove Wynn to suicide, why wouldn’t I and other contributors be saddened?
I’ve written before about the psychological damage apocalyptic climate scaremongering is inflicting on vulnerable people. Events like this make me want to try harder, to expose the lies.
“Simon, I think it likely Wynn Bruce had other problems.”
Couldn’t agree more, which makes it even more important to keep a distance while family and friends are grieving.
“But if it was climate despair alone which drove Wynn to suicide, why wouldn’t I and other contributors be saddened?”
Saddened? Eric, have you read the vile comments here? Do I need to list them? There is a theme of celebration at the death of someone they despise and the mocking of a man who took his life for a cause he believed in.
Pointing out how someone is mentally disturbed and has a distorted view of reality is not mocking. There is no celebration “theme” here. A sense of waste is being expressed and that loss which is due to stupidity, due to a death cult.
Please protest us and glue your hands to your keyboard or something.
Nah, simple. It’s you we mock.
But it’s hard to despise a speck of dust.
The only vile comments I’ve seen here, were written by you Simon.
I have seen nobody celebrating this death.
Once again Simon has projected his own mental and emotional deficiencies onto those who disagree with him.
BTW, does anyone else get the impression that Simon considers this guy a hero, and what he’s really upset with is that we don’t recognize that.
“The only vile comments I’ve seen here, were written by you Simon.”
I’d say this was pretty vile….
“He died for a cause that never existed, and any rational person would call that pathetic.”
Your turn Mark. Quote a comment I made here on this thread that comes close to your tasteless sentence.
I will be ashamed if you find one.
Poor Simon, the truth is right in his face.. and he still can’t see it.
What a truly irksome, vile creature you are, Simon.
Anything except admit that you and your fellow AGW scammers are mostly to blame for causing this poor guys mental anguish !
In the bowels of Christ, Simon, consider that you might be wrong.
“…consider that you might be wrong…”
As we all should, I do that constantly.
Not sure what the “Bowels of Christ” has to do with this though?
Nothing vile about statement, it’s the simple unvarnished truth.
Your claims that others are vile because they express opinions that differ from yours is vile, but it’s what we have come to expect from low lifes.
You really are a strange man aren’t you. You think I think others are vile because I don’t agree with them? No Mark, that is not vile, that is life.
I think the merciless tearing apart of a man who has just taken his own life, on a public internet page, by people who are doing it simply because they disagree with his view on climate change, is an utter disgrace and if you had one ounce of decency, you would not be party to it. I’m left shaking my head how you can be so far removed from the reality in this that you call me a low life. Wow….
Still trying to avoid responsibility.
That really is sick !!
I think you think others are vile because they don’t agree with you, because that is what you have said.
Is your memory as bad as your humanity?
Once again, Simon specializes in seeing what he wants to see, not what is actually there.
Declaring that one has died for a cause that never existed is “viciously tearing someone apart”.
I apologize for calling you a low life, you are much, much worse than that.
The vilest comment came from this guy’s so-called friend
““This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis””
A friend would have tried to stop him, but the cause was too important.. right !
You should be very ashamed to be part of the scam that brought on this situation.. if you had the moral guts to even admit to it.
How would you describe someone who immolated themselves over the equivalent of “The Three Bears” or “Hansel and Greta” or the “Easter Bunny”
Mentally unbalanced, at a minimum.
Big tough guy aren’t you? Hiding behind your keyboard throwing mud at someone unable to answer back. Sad.
All I am seeing is Simon faux outrage. Perhaps Simon could tell us what people should write that would be politically correct?
I think the issue for many on here is the black humor on the choice of his death … something using renewable energy would have been a more in line with beliefs.
“Perhaps Simon could tell us what people should write that would be politically correct?”
Nothin PC here. Basic human manners to not use the suicide of a person to champion your cause. Gutless really.
You still have no answer to your and your fellow AGWers culpability in this guys’ mental trauma, do you.!
In fact you relish it.. Don’t you, vile slug.
All some of the AGW scammers need to do is come out and tell the truth.
Tell the world that it is all based on nothing..
Tell the world that its all part of a scam/agenda….
And all this climate trauma of the gullible and weak-minded, could be cured.
But no, you and yours double down at every chance, spreading more and more of your irksome, vile, fake climate emergency.
Do you wonder how many other gullible, mentally disturbed people might follow your cult down the same path?..
Do you even care ?
“Do you wonder how many other gullible, mentally disturbed people might follow your cult down the same path?..”
At a guess I would say fewer than follow the climate denial train. But that’s a guess
“Maybe you should read some of the comments here then, because I think “saddened” is a long way from how the commenters feel.”
Say’s the proud and strident member of a fearmongering doomsday cult.
The one who should be saddened and ashamed are your good self and your fellow travellers who filled that guys head with lies that drove him to do this. You support the the lies, the blood is on your hands. But then I suspect you knew that.
Mentally unstable – there is no other way to describe this. I hope all climate alarmists will realize that their hyperbole has consequences.
All climate alarmists have similar mental health issues.
Most just want other people to suffer, instead.
During Vietnam War several monks set themselves alight to protest the war. They did it to save lives. This would have the exact opposite effect. His protest was to continue to harm people.
It’s a lie. All a lie and the CAGW crowd is killing people.
(1) The monks were NOT protesting the war. They were demonstrating against the Catholic regime’s anti-Buddhist regulations.
(2) The monks, according to some sources, were full of opium derivatives.
I had forgotten about the people here in the states that also burned themselves for peace.
Waste of life.
And then he ended it.
Unfortunately, his feelings are just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine the millions of children, informed that their world will burn, without question, within years. Add to that two years out of school.
Already, we see young adults convinced that bringing new life into the world is sacrilege. What do they have to life for? There aren’t enough psychologists in the world to address this problem.
People like Al Gore don’t seem to understand that there’s a cost to their religion. They saw this as a form of Pascal’s Wager that mean instant fame and riches. They did not think for one minute about what would happen if billions believed them and realized there was nothing that could be done about it.
Probably 30-40 years from now, people will begin to realize that the whole AGW movement was nonsense. But the damage done… hard to even begin to assess.
Yes, if ever a class movement should be started, it would be Schoolkids For A Positive Future.
And they could be plaintiffs in a $100 billion class action lawsuit against the UN, IPCC, academia, politicians, and all the other child abusers over climate doomsday.
This was one sick, sad, delusional human being. As is his ‘Zen Buddhist priest.’ But then again, they are (were” from Boulder…
The man was indoctrinated and obviously unstable. His name will not be known to many and will be forgotten by many more in a very short time. He accomplished nothing good by his act of “deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis”.
I hope that Michael Mann and Greta and all the academics, politicians, and press that have been declaring this false “crisis” are proud. Are you proud Griff?
All above mentioned could not care less, else they would not be spreading lies.
What I fear is that there are so many deluded youngsters with life in front of them, who believe in this sort of cr@p and now may think that this is only way out of the non-existing climate change catastrophe.
Yes, it’s quite rational to prefer 1200 degrees to .01 degrees warming.
The Climate Doomsters say the world is going to end in eight years if we don’t reduce CO2 levels.
CO2 levels will NOT be reduced in eight years. That is guaranteed.
The Youngsters should just wait around for eight more years and see if the Climate Alarmists are correct before taking actions that would harm themselves.
Maybe the Climate Alarmists are wrong. They have been wrong for the last 40 years. Don’t do anything rash, kids. You are being lied to by Climate alarmists.
The End of the World is NOT at hand. Not even close. Not from CO2 anyway.
Trash took itself out.
He made the ultimate sacrifice – for being wrong.
Throughout history there have been many “martyrs” for many different causes.
What they have in common is that the opposition killed them, even when they went willingly to their deaths.
This guy committed suicide, suicide for the false “The Cause”.
More blood on the tree ring.
‘Blood on the tree ring’ is good.
The Piltdown Mann will get more than his desire for fame. He’ll be infamous for fearmongering for a long long time.
As absolutely horrendous as this story is, I fear much worse awaits us. Anyone capable of committing suicide is certainly capable and often is even much more likely to commit murder.
Here is the story in the local paper about the toll of 40 years of climate gaslighting on mental health yesterday.
Eco-anxiety: It’s real
Here was a great reply from the letter to the editor page today:
Sad for the students
The links don’t open without registration.
Obviously mentally disturbed, using climate change as an excuse to leave the world. Living comes with personal responsibilties e.g., on using minds and given talents and capabilities .. throwing in the towel is just an excuse for calling it a day (or life) for good. Bless and rest his extremely troubled soul. But by those standards those who pursue radical interpretations also fall into the same category… take good care Greta.
If you tell people for years they have no future WTH do you think is going to happen! My condolences to this misguided individual and his family.
A victim of Climate Change Brainwashing/Scaremongering.
What a great friend, that Kritee Kanko; not notifying DC police of his intent to commit suicide.
It does sound like someone had some prior knowledge about what this person might do.
What a waste.
Makes me think of Michael Mann and Phil Jones and the Climate Change lies they created that spawned all this CO2 crisis insanity.
Truly a tragic thing. The hysteria must stop.
Sad. But this is what cult-like brainwashing will do.
I’ve counseled someone who had been so convinced by climate alarmists that we are killing ourselves with CO2 that he was very despondant. I don’t know whatever happened to him. This movement is evil.
The movement is evil. And the enablers are at the root of it. Google is melding public interest in this story into its narrative about how global warming is inducing a greater degree of mental illness. I Googled “How many people have committed suicide to protest global warming?” (because I know there have been others including self-immolators). The search results come back skewed in several different obvious directions, but with no answer to the question.
Suicides of nearly 60000 Indian farmers linked to climate
Opinion: Climate Change Linked to Suicide (I.e. Climate change is causing more suicides)
Effects of Climate Change on Suicide Rates
As climate worsens, environmentalists also grapple with the mental toll of activismWill Climate Change Lead to More Suicides in Canada?
Renowned Civil Rights Lawyer Self-Immolates in Brooklyn Park
(… And of course, many references to David Buckel and Wynn Bruce)
Never let a perfectly good crisis go to waste.
Little people wanting to go out in a blaze (pi) of “glory”. Let’s hope this spreads to the IPCC. And to the data fiddlers. Gone and quickly forgotten.
Burning self puts more CO2 into the air.
Could have used electrocution using renewables only.
Indeed, opportunity missed there.
The ‘protest’ loses impact if the guy sits there holding some wires while he waits for the wind to blow hard enough, though. And it might send the “wrong message” (there’s that whole thing again) about the “intermittency” of “renewable energy.”
Plus, he can only do that if he’s disconnected from the grid; otherwise he’ll just be letting fossil fuels do the job anyway.
“people are being driven to extreme amounts of climate grief and despair…”
By whom? Surely not the Doomsters? They couldn’t possibly be responsible / sarc. My psychiatrist daughter would say this person had mental health issues. I say he made a bad choice based on irrational thinking. (She and I have these arguments all the time). We’ll never really know why this guy made the decision that he did.
Ashes to ashes, Save the Planet??
I know enough about Boulder to stay away. This poor troubled soul was left adrift by a “friend” and deluded by a charlatan cadre of nut bags. Part of me wants to laugh and call this the Darwin algorithm, but no, this is a form of madness brought on by exploitation of the feeble minded. This ranks right up there with cutting off your genitals and waiting for a ride on a comet. A very sad state of affairs.
It’s time for the climate alarmists to recognise that this has gone too far, and to back off.
Actually, long overdue.
a deeply fearless act of compassion
hmmm, maybe avoid the Kool-Aid at the next climate conference
not the first, not the last… remember the Discovery nut?
it’s not a coincidence the same people are all-in on promoting genital mutilations associated with highest rates of suicide of nearly any risk group
Extremist self immolates outside of the SCOTUS building, allegedly because of climate change…
An irrational act for irrational reasons with apparently irrational aims…
Serves as an example to no one.
Inspires no one.
Apparently died as he lived, without understanding reality.
Very sad and so unnecessary. Condolences to his family and friends.
So sad, he actually believed the lies of the left, if he had done his own research he would have found that the computer models for which he gave his life were not fit for purpose, they were designed to enrich the few for the achievement of global socialism.
How deeply stupid!
Yes he should have realized white male wouldn’t resonate with the usual suspects. OTOH isn’t he permitted DIY euthanasia of choice? Or does he require a permit from a suitably qualified panel of public servants for the purpose and only in the approved manner? Out of sight and out of mind.
appears hed announced his date of death well planned nearly a year
so shouldnt surprise anyone
but odd none of his “friends” did anything
and typically the ex reb mob thought it was a good protest idea
Well to be fair his ‘friends’ may not have taken him seriously and just thought he was a bit more ‘out there’ with their doomsaying than they were. A somewhat macabre dilemma for them than for me if he were a ‘friend’. I’d be trying to cheer him up and pointing him to the science of global warming and the lack thereof but where does that leave all of them trying to bring him around?
May Almighty God have mercy on his poor misled soul. Have not your Faith in men. Even the Absolute Truth was crucified by a corrupt government and a corrupt church and a maddened mob.
Sad. And for what? He was probably a COVIDIAN as well. Leftists are more prone for mental illness. They have a sense of helplessness that fuels their depression and anger.
And in doing so temporarily increased his carbon footprint.
Anyone bring marshmallows?
My condolences to his family. Such a mindless loss. I can’t help but to say
I’d be more impressed if he had composted himself.
The evil people promoting the climate “crisis” should be prosecuted for the manslaughter of this clearly unstable individual. Sympathies to his friends and family.
darwin award winner
if he only realized that he could be flying around on a private jet, enjoying champagne, fine meals and hanging with Europes elite instead of setting himself on fire. SMH
I’d encourage more “climate activists” to seek the same sort of protest. Thereby removing themselves from contributing to the CO2 via their preferred modes of transportation, clothing made by the usage of fossil fuels to power the machines making said items, etc. Once done they can no longer be accused of being a hypocrite.
More need to set themselves up to be eligible for the Darwin Awards. I applaud them.
I am going to be brutally cynic here:
Let’s hope climate activists win the race to kill themself in protests, perhaps if they out-do climate deniers 10:1, there is a chance of getting rid of them by their own hands even before climate denier acolytes enter extinction level protection status.