How Protests and Crackdowns Can Exacerbate Climate Change

It has become impossible to parody the delusion depths of Climate Alarmists. No one could come close to making fun of them that matches this from Foreign Policy

From the article.

Tear gas, water cannons, pepper spray projectile launches, laser dazzlers, traffic barricades, fires, helicopters, and military tanks—hallmarks of modern protest and counterprotest around the world—cause injuries, endanger human life, and can violate human rights. They may also pose risks to the climate.


And there are other, perhaps more insidious ways the state can exert control and simultaneously cause environmental damage. Consider fire, an inhumane and environmentally reckless countermeasure to protest—potentially lethal and indiscriminate in the people it can kill and the property it can destroy.

“In Ethiopia, especially during countrywide protests between 2015 and 2018, some activists who protested government practices sought refuge in forests,” said Felix Horne, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Security forces then proceeded to burn some of those forests in an attempt to force the protesters out.” Fire as an answer to protest can be wildly irresponsible, especially when variables such as wind are present.

While protesters themselves may be driven to light fires, they typically do so out of desperation, exhausted by the limited tools available to express opposition. Nevertheless, tire fires in particular—either those lit by accident or intentionally as demonstrations escalate—likely have an effect on carbon emissions.

Be prepared to spit up all over your keyboard and read the very very serious article here.

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Tom Halla
December 8, 2022 10:22 am

Pitchforks, torches,and burning down the Presidential Palace do cause pollution.

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 8, 2022 1:46 pm

Not to mention how much Pertol is wasted idling on the motorway with XR fool’s sitting in the middle of the road. A couple of older diesel trucks blowing smoke in their faces might clear them out

Reply to  Bryan A
December 8, 2022 2:09 pm

Real carbon pollution.

Bryan A
Reply to  Scissor
December 8, 2022 3:21 pm

And XR protester repellent

Frank from NoVA
December 8, 2022 10:27 am

‘Although crowd control is sometimes a legitimate objective, the state—with its greater resources and potentially greater capacity to cause environmental destruction—has a responsibility to mitigate protests’ environmental impact.’

It’s good to know that the ‘state’ has a responsibility to mitigate environmental impacts whenever it pursues its legitimate objective of suppressing us.

paul courtney
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
December 8, 2022 10:48 am

Mr. Frank: Also good to know that the protesters bear no responsibility toward the environment as they howl about the “responsibility” of everybody else.

Gunga Din
Reply to  paul courtney
December 8, 2022 1:38 pm

When they block an intersection to protest CO2 emissions, do they ever think about all the extra CO2 put out by all those cars idling in the streets they’ve blocked?

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abolition man
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
December 8, 2022 1:06 pm

Maybe the armed robots being contemplated for use in San Fransicko can be deployed? I’m sure that NO government would EVER use deadly force against citizens protesting against, say, an obviously fraudulent election; or shortages of water, food and power!
No, no! Government bodies are universally comprised of the finest among us, with nary a vice among them! Just ask Nicky and his little buddies; they’ll explain it to you!

David Dibbell
December 8, 2022 10:29 am

It’s not only the responses to gatherings of demonstrators. I see Germany is burning a lot of coal to protest the lack of wind and sun. So there’s that.

Reply to  David Dibbell
December 8, 2022 11:06 am

Germany is burning lots of coal to make up the fact some asshole blew up their gas pipeline. Just to make sure they did not change their minds when winter starts to bite.

December 8, 2022 11:01 am
Reply to  ResourceGuy
December 8, 2022 11:45 am

Disinformation dropped 92% immediately after the Times writers left their jobs.

December 8, 2022 11:09 am

Security forces should be encouraged to use ice-picks instead of bullets, to save the planet. A more ecological way kill off descent. Every bullet releases 4g of planet destroying CO2

Reply to  climategrog
December 8, 2022 11:31 am

“ice-picks”, climategrog? Thanks for the reminder of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.


AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
December 8, 2022 1:44 pm

What a way to go – in your moment of ecstasy!

Joseph Zorzin
December 8, 2022 11:27 am

Striking companies that aren’t doing well is stupid. Layoffs will be coming.

December 8, 2022 11:45 am

The people who write this nonsense need to be subject to National Service.

I don’t like the idea of youngsters being forced to join the armed forces against their will for a period of conscription, but I do recognise the benefits.

Snowflakes cowering behind screens and keyboards would be forced to face at least some harsh realities, like understanding life is not, and never will be, all wine and roses.

One of the great benefits is realising that the colleague you fear and despise the most for his demanding nature invariably turns out to be your fiercest ally when confronted with an angry mob.

Genuine leaders are rarely the ones plucked from a parade ground for stardom. They are the ones who routinely do the small things to encourage others to do their best.

They are seldom those who dispense advice from behind a literary qualification from Yale:

……a Los Angeles-born, New York-based freelance writer and editor with an interest in arts, literature, human rights and the environment. Formerly the assistant to the deputy editor at The New Yorker, she currently works as a web content producer for advertising agency Omnicom Media Group and as a freelance writer for a number of international print and web media outlets.  Ms. Bernhard has a masters in literature from Yale University and a bachelors in Literature from Northwestern University.  (my emphasis)

Perhaps Ms. Bernhard could be conscripted to report from the front line in Ukraine where she can report on the climate atrocities being committed by both sides, whilst witnessing the death of fighting men prepared to surrender their lives in defence of their country, and her right to publish infantile drivel.

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Reply to  HotScot
December 8, 2022 12:11 pm

You don’t have to be in the armed services to do National Service, you just have to do useful work under discipline at least 200 miles from your home with no chance of going home for the weekend for at least the first two months.
But the chances of this happening at present are nil – it would contravene the human rights of the conscripts.
And just think what the country would be like if all the youth actually were willing to work hard and be sensible – I mean what would happen to wokery then?

Hatter Eggburn
December 8, 2022 12:48 pm

Farting, and breathing, exacerbate climate change. Is there any limit to the stupidity of climate activism?

Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
December 8, 2022 11:41 pm

Other people breathing is the biggest issue for this misanthropic movement

Once that problem is solved, the CO2-induced climate emergency will go away

December 8, 2022 1:54 pm

The lack of critical thinking is simply astounding!

Forrest Gardener
Reply to  Mac
December 8, 2022 4:09 pm

Careful Mac. Some of the less critical thinkers may believe that means they are approaching perfection.

Joe Shaw
December 8, 2022 5:03 pm

Perhaps a compromise is in order. Encourage the authorities to beat unlawful protesters with good old fashioned batons, but require that the baton wood be obtained from Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified sources.

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Old Man
December 8, 2022 7:09 pm

The obvious answer is “skunk water”, developed by the Israelis. The US cops are catching on:

It comes as paintball ammunition as well.

December 9, 2022 7:36 am

When my wife and I were in the Dominican Republic doing humanitarian work, large and small “huelgas” were quite common. The most typical form was the blocking of important roadways (local or national) by smashing bottles across a wide strip of the highway and placing burning tires every few feet, creating a wall of fire and a field of broken glass, uncross-able.

It was part of the social conract that everyone respected a huelga — and did not try to cross the line.

Unlike Climate Protesters in some parts of the world, ambulances (either official or accident victims in the back of pick-up trucks) were always allowed to pass.

One of our more amusing ‘war stories’ is the time we crossed a huelga by bargaining with the protesters — trading live national radio news coverage of their demands for passage — serendipitously, we had a well-known national radio news broadcaster traveling with us.

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