Greta Arrested, Lützerath Coal Riot. Source Twitter, Fair Use, Satire

They Touched Greta! Climate Activists Vow Huge Street Protests

Essay by Eric Worrall

In the wake of Greta being forcibly removed from a coal mine expansion protest in Germany, young activists have vowed to protest in the streets “in huge numbers”.

Climate activists vow to take to streets to stop fossil fuel extraction

‘Cease and desist’ letter signed by over 650,000 people sent to oil and gas CEOs follows removal of Greta Thunberg from coal protest

Damian Carrington and Damien Gayle
Tue 17 Jan 2023 05.05 AEDT

Hundreds of thousands of young climate activists have said they will continue “protesting in the streets in huge numbers” against fossil fuels, a day after Greta Thunberg was removed by German police from a condemned village atop a massive coal deposit.

In a cease-and-desist letter to the CEOs of fossil fuel companies, youth campaigners accuse them of a “direct violation of our human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, your duties of care, as well as the rights of Indigenous people”.

“This cease-and-desist notice is to demand that you immediately stop opening any new oil, gas or coal extraction sites, and stop blocking the clean energy transition we all so urgently need,” the letter says.

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It gets funnier – the Greta arrest was actually staged (h/t ctm);

I doubt a few angry hippies and their kids will deter Germany from their coal mine expansion. Despite their green pretensions, the German nation is in a desperate situation, they really need that coal.

Germany’s Energy Crisis Sends It Tumbling Down Investment Rankings

By Irina Slav – Jan 16, 2023, 2:48 AM CST

The energy shortages plaguing Europe’s largest economy since 2021 have affected its attractiveness as an investment destination.

According to a report in the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine, Germany now ranks 18th out of 21 countries, falling four places in the ranking produced by the German economic research institute ZEW, Reuters reported.

The institute cited higher energy costs and a labor shortage for the revision of Germany’s place in the ranking, along with the slow pace of innovation and a complicated bureaucratic environment.

Soaring gas prices have shaken the German industry and prompted the government to spend billions of euros on helping businesses, as well as households, survive. Even with the state aid, however, many German businesses are curbing their activities or moving them to lower-cost energy locations such as the United States and Asia.

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Personally I’m not expecting “huge numbers” to protest, maybe one or two protest marches if they are lucky. Europeans withering under skyrocketing energy prices have too many other problems on their plate, to worry about whether Greta got manhandled, or whether more coal gets mined.

In any case, it is way too cold for a proper street party.

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January 18, 2023 6:11 am

Very hard to see how this staged arrest can be lived down.

Will Franken @ Comedy Unleashed – Climate Change and Greta Thunberg

Last edited 2 months ago by rogerglewis
January 18, 2023 6:12 am

So… she is most certainly ‘touched’, but in this case leapt into their welcoming arms for the gathered PR snappers? And geniuses like Dam and Dam (not young) still got excited?

Reply to  junkkmale
January 18, 2023 6:55 am

In certain parts of the US, that word is pronounced “tetched”.

Reply to  junkkmale
January 18, 2023 3:58 pm

Um…from the initial camera angle it looks like she’s touching the policeman in a very personal way. Also at 26 seconds. Unfortunate, that. This staged arrest is comedy gold.

Bryan A
January 18, 2023 6:14 am

In a cease-and-desist letter to the CEOs of fossil fuel companies, youth campaigners accuse them of a “direct violation of our human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, your duties of care, as well as the rights of Indigenous people”.

So how many “Indigenous People” were at her staged protest arrest?
She certainly isn’t indigenous … perhaps she wasn’t in school long enough to learn how to spell indignant

Rick C
Reply to  Bryan A
January 18, 2023 8:04 am

The indigenous people of Germany are called GERMANS.

Reply to  Rick C
January 18, 2023 9:06 am

Huns, Bosh, Heinies, etc…

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  rah
January 18, 2023 10:47 am

Alans, Alimanni, Franks, Saxons and Jutes.

Reply to  Bryan A
January 18, 2023 9:58 am

Oh no!

They wrote them a LETTER!

Like Harns Brix did?

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Hans Erren
Reply to  Bryan A
January 18, 2023 10:51 am

I think they mean disingenuous people

January 18, 2023 6:17 am

Blessed be those who ‘touched’ St. Greta

Reply to  vuk
January 18, 2023 6:59 am

LMAO. Good thing I’d just put my coffee cup down. I’ve no desire to buy another computer.

Reply to  vuk
January 18, 2023 3:11 pm

Saint Greta has been well and truly touched. In the head.

January 18, 2023 6:41 am

What about Greta is so annoying? Is it that she is brainwashed in a way that makes her angry at almost everyone else in the world for failing to stop an imaginary climate boogeymen?

Do other teenagers feel the same way from the same brainwashing or is Greta an exception? I have no contact with teenagers, so have no idea how they think these days. Greta seems like an angry trained parrot to me.

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 18, 2023 6:54 am

I suggested a new unit in a comment the other day…kiloGreta being large enough to be practical. Regarding the use of realist, or rationalist instead of skeptic.

“Just suggesting stealing a page from the watermelon playbook. Changing global warming, to climate change…. to global heating….and climate crisis seems to have increased their media coverage by a couple of kiloGretas per day…..where a single Greta is wooden nickel’s worth of end-of-the-world content.”

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John Oliver
Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 18, 2023 8:07 am

Love it. KiloGreta. A measurement. Or and energy sink

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 18, 2023 7:27 am

Do other teenagers feel the same way from the same brainwashing

From what I can tell it’s very much a case of some do, some don’t. But very few seem to be anywhere near that fanatical.

David Wojick
Reply to  Richard Greene
January 18, 2023 9:25 am

I find Greta entertaining, even useful, not annoying. Her famous “How dare you?” was addressed to the UN & Co. So alarmism has a civil war going on. I wrote this over 3 years ago when Greta first appeared:

Hans Erren
Reply to  Richard Greene
January 18, 2023 10:52 am

It is the direct result of not attending class

Reply to  Hans Erren
January 19, 2023 4:26 am

Look at the report on the CAPES math teacher qualification exam in France.
notably “Première épreuve écrite” which shocked France for the level of its questions; questions are here. (You can probably read some of it knowing no French at all.)

You have to be bac+5 (so 23 years old for normal school timeline) to try the exam.

One question was “on the plane, does 2*x = 3 describes a line”, and many couldn’t answer it.
Many similar 14 or 15 years old level couldn’t be answered correctly.

At 23 years of math studying in France, you have people who tried to exbibit a counter example of “irrational + irrational = irrational ” with sqr(4) + sqr(9) = 5 as a counter example.

Some confuse irrationals with complexes. Some believe irrationals form a group.

And these don’t seem to be exceptions: all the first questions (which are so simple you can solve in the head while watching TV) have been failed by some students.
So now only is the level of the exam an absolute shock for the French population, the contrast with just 30 years old exams is stunning! And these were only for bac+3 in math, so 21 years old (for normal timeline).

I don’t think many who tried the exam today would even understand the questions of these 25 or 30 years old exams!

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Richard Greene
January 19, 2023 4:07 am

She has now reached the grand age of 20.

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 19, 2023 4:11 am

As a teen, I remember my first idiotic assaults (statements so idiotic and insane they make you wonder what’s happening, leaving you stunned, almost incapacitated from the idiocy level) were:

  • men have more sex than women (implicit: heterosexuals)
  • renewable energy (solar + wind) is the path forward and can power countries (modern countries like France)

For HOURS I wondered how people could make such insane claims.
Since then I have been exposed to numerous idiotic claims from adults. These adults are clearly genuine and weren’t trying to make feel weird. They believed their claims.

David Wojick
January 18, 2023 6:42 am

Truly theatre of the absurd and enjoyable as such.

Oil and gas CEO’s may wonder why they are getting a letter about a coal mine. I do not.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  David Wojick
January 18, 2023 12:13 pm

Especially since the government of Germany is a coalition of the socialist SPD with the Green Party, who provide the Energy Minister.

Ron Long
January 18, 2023 6:47 am

Staged arrest of the Doom Princess? Sure, it looks like a casual and staged event, but the video will soon be tortured, like climate change data traditionally is, then the Doomster will be tazed, pepper sprayed, held in a choke hold, handcuffed, beaten, and dragged away by the police, all the while shouting “I can’t breathe”. Wait for it.

January 18, 2023 6:56 am

How dare they!?

Gunga Din
January 18, 2023 7:03 am

It gets funnier – the Greta arrest was actually staged (h/t ctm);”

The little skunk .. er … minx!

Russell Cook
Reply to  Gunga Din
January 18, 2023 9:58 am

It gets funnier – the Greta arrest was actually staged

The entire CAGW issue is staged, start to finish, when folks stop to deeply analyze the whole thing …

From Frontline’s 2007 “Hot Politics” program, where they interviewed Sen Tim Wirth about the 1988 James Hansen Senate hearing:

DEBORAH AMOS: On Capitol Hill, Sen. Timothy Wirth was one of the few politicians already concerned about global warming, and he was not above using a little stagecraft for Hansen’s testimony.

TIMOTHY WIRTH: We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6th or June 9th or whatever it was. So we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo, it was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it.

DEBORAH AMOS: [on camera] Did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?

TIMOTHY WIRTH: What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right, so that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room. And so when the- when the hearing occurred, there was not only bliss, which is television cameras and double figures, but it was really hot.

January 18, 2023 7:09 am

So it is fake, she was not arrested and asked the officers to stage this. Got it.

Peta of Newark
January 18, 2023 7:31 am

Mmmmmm, who is this they?

You really are very close to the mark – I think we all understand what the Mona Lisa was smiling about – here’s that smile again (a screenshot from a BBC video)

bless her – she’s a diamond

Greta Smiles jpg.jpg
Lee Riffee
January 18, 2023 7:34 am

Looks like she was enjoying every minute of this unfortunate extension of her 15 minutes of fame….

January 18, 2023 7:35 am

Do they know they’re wasting their time,?And they do have plenty of time to waste

Everything Greta says and does is scripted and choreographed

January 18, 2023 7:43 am

not exactly Ashli Babbitt

Michael in Dublin
January 18, 2023 7:43 am

Lock up protesters for a couple of weeks in unheated cells. 😉

Paul Hurley
January 18, 2023 7:53 am

I think this is a publicity stunt designed to keep fading star Greta in the headlines.

John the Econ
January 18, 2023 7:55 am

What Progressives don’t seem to understand is that while phony outrage works when times are good, they’ll fall flat when people are experiencing the consequences of bad policy. The vocal minority may continue being vocal, but those now paying >2x energy bills and rolling blackouts will not sympathize.

Joseph Zorzin
January 18, 2023 8:11 am

I love the photo/cartoon at the top. It really looks like her. She still has a baby face at the age of 20.

January 18, 2023 8:24 am

Ho-Hum. More annoying than newsworthy.

January 18, 2023 8:55 am

Sure looks like shiny fabric on that jacket….is it pertex/nylon & vegan down?

Or maybe its a synthetic filling like Thinsulate.

Suspiciously like products of the petrochemical industry

January 18, 2023 9:05 am

Lock up all the precious art work!

Ed Zuiderwijk
January 18, 2023 9:28 am

Could it be that Greta’s antics are just a substitute mating call?

January 18, 2023 9:32 am

When do they come out with the play and the movie with the same title?

January 18, 2023 9:36 am

Since it is a climate religious apparition, when does the climate cathedral construction begin?

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes – Wikipedia

January 18, 2023 9:49 am

Really I interpret this as an act of desperation meant to try and prop up her declining relevance. Glad she now has a criminal record though.

Reply to  rah
January 18, 2023 10:36 am

Nope, she was detained not arrested so no criminal record

It doesnot add up
Reply to  rah
January 18, 2023 12:16 pm

I gather she has since headed to Davos for an appearance with Fatih Birol.

January 18, 2023 9:55 am

grown ups in france about to show these kids how to strike

Bryan A
Reply to  garboard
January 18, 2023 10:11 am

Surround their little protest with Yellow Vests chanting Cheap Energy NOW…

Tom Abbott
January 18, 2023 10:09 am

From the article: “The energy shortages plaguing Europe’s largest economy since 2021 have affected its attractiveness as an investment destination.”

I can’t say I’m surprised.

I think it is inevitable that if a nation cuts off the lifeblood of industry, that industry will leave and move to where they can get their lifeblood (in this case oil, natural gas and coal).

What kind of ranking does the UK have? Their politicians are just as stupid as German politicians over their unreasonable fear of CO2, and they are doing a pretty good job of destroying the economy in the UK, too, because of it.

Fear makes people do really stupid things. Greed makes people do really stupid things. The narrative of Human-caused Climate Change incorporates both.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 18, 2023 4:59 pm

story tip:

Al Gore goes on ‘unhinged’ rant about ‘rain bombs,’ boiled oceans, other climate threats at Davos
Gore claimed climate change could ultimately end mankind’s ability for ‘self-governance’

January 18, 2023 10:12 am

I”m surprised the Polizei played along with the charade.

January 18, 2023 10:18 am

A really stupid staged PR campaign with Greta Thunfish for FFF-Gretins, green leftists and other morons! You can tell who is co-governing in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, and that the Greens are using the police for this ridiculous show!
The governing eco-fascists are unwinding our country for their “climate protection” nonsense, called “Energiewende”! Now, just before they shut down the last nuclear power plants, they are realizing that the “eco powers”, wind and solar, do not generate enough electrical energy for an industrialized country and they are forced to continue expanding the large brown-coal-mines.
This is politics made in Germany Dumbland by daft, idiotic, stubborn Greens!The grotesque joke is that the climate doesn’t really care (if any) about the bit German CO2, because China and India build three new ones for every closed German coal-fired power plant!

January 18, 2023 10:38 am

Greta unmasked as just another publicity-hungry leftie.

John Hultquist
January 18, 2023 10:49 am

The (indigenous) villagers were paid to abandon the place about 2 years ago.
The activists came for the protest event. Who cares?
Not me and not The Climate™.
Lützerath – Wikipedia

January 18, 2023 11:52 am

Bravo Germans, now rip the useless wind & solar farms out too

January 18, 2023 12:03 pm

will be funny if she ends up on a no-fly list…

It doesnot add up
Reply to  prjndigo
January 18, 2023 12:18 pm

For her a ban on trains would be more consequential.

Dan Pangburn
January 18, 2023 12:40 pm

Four things that are often either unknown or ignored that show why CO2 has no significant effect on climate:
1. The average amount of time that passes between when a CO2 molecule absorbs a photon and when it emits one (called the decay time) is 1.1 seconds. It only takes a few microseconds for absorbed energy to be shared with surrounding molecules (relaxation time) by gaseous conduction.
2. Although radiation is omnidirectional from a molecule, because of the population gradient in water vapor (WV) molecules the distance that an emitted photon travels before it encounters another IR active molecule is more when the photon is directed towards space. At 2 km and higher, outward directed photons from WV molecules can make it all the way to space. The result is net energy flux towards space. Gaseous conduction causes energy absorbed by CO2 molecules to be conducted to replenish the energy radiated to space by WV molecules. The redirection of energy wrt wavenumber is described further at
3. Water vapor molecules at ground level outnumber CO2 molecules 23 to 1 and have been increasing about 7 times faster than CO2 molecules so there are always plenty of WV molecules to conduct to.
4. At high altitudes, energy from non-IR-active molecules is conducted to CO2 and other IR active molecules which can radiate it to space; an effect which counters planet warming.

If you can put these facts together, you can understand why radiation also comes from CO2 molecules but CO2 has no significant effect on climate.

January 18, 2023 1:05 pm

it is way too cold for a proper street party.

Q. Why don’t Americans protest in the winter?
A. The television cameras freeze up.

May Contain Traces of Seafood
January 18, 2023 5:46 pm

This cease-and-desist notice is to demand that you immediately stop opening any new oil, gas or coal extraction sites

Well if I understand this one correctly, this is the EXPANSION of an existing mine, so not in breach of their demands.

Walter Sobchak
January 18, 2023 6:38 pm

Greta can only wish she would get man handled.

Steve Oregon
January 18, 2023 8:02 pm

The crazier they get the better.

Pat from Kerbob
January 18, 2023 10:50 pm

Protest pantomime.

Our Green idiot Liz May here in canada did the same,

The martyrdom

Pat from Kerbob
January 18, 2023 10:52 pm

The funniest part of this is that the Germans are expanding this coal mine BECAUSE of the green policies of shutting down nuclear and installing renewables.

I just wish Greta was smart enough to grasp that

It doesnot add up
January 19, 2023 4:05 am

Today twitter is full of clips showing that the “arrest” was entirely staged. At ease… camera… Action! … OK, Cut! Relax…


January 19, 2023 8:31 pm

You gotta check out “bad catitude” on substack for this meme-fest LOL

Do read the comments. Some very funny stuff.

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