The climate campaigners should be given a medal for their outstanding bravery and public service, not prison sentences
What if, instead of giving Marie Curie and Alexander Fleming Nobel prizes for their life-saving work on radiation and penicillin, they'd been thrown in jail? Or, instead of being awarded the Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur for his work on the germ theory of disease, Louis Pasteur was imprisoned like Napoleon on Elba?
It would be perverse to return the favour of great, public works by depriving people of their freedom. Yet that is just what we're doing in Britain right now. The contributions of the people above were remarkable, but how much greater is the challenge of preserving a readily habitable climate, and how thankful should we be to those prepared to throw their life's energy and creativity at the task?
The answer according to the British establishment currently is not at all. Their response is the kind of gratitude a Caesar might hand-out to an innocent messenger on receiving unwelcome news. He throws them first into court, and then possibly into prison. In early March many celebrated when the state-backed French energy company EDF dropped a £5m civil lawsuit against climate campaigns who occupied one of the company's gas-fired power stations for several days in 2012.
The case was seen as an attempt to intimidate and therefore frighten-off other campaigners, and the victory therefore an important signal. Less noticed, however, was that many of the campaigners still face criminal charges in relation to the occupation. Faced by a magistrates court, with no jury to appeal to on the wider issues, several pled guilty to charges of aggravated trespass. Due for sentencing on 6 June, they could be the first people in the UK sent to prison for acting to prevent global warming.
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I'm not so sure this summary from the BBC of Dr James E Hansen retirement announcement has done them any favours. The area that may backfire is that their Environment Correspondent Matt McGrath mentions the term "Global Warming" instead of "Climate Change" and at the end of the article they (BBC) have acknowledged world temperatures have remained at a "standstill", thus agreeing there is no "Global Warming" currently going on.
The only door left open on the issue of "man made" co2 is extreme weather events. I have mentioned before, the use of the term "climate change" covers all eventualities for Alarmists. So I'm glad to say this tribute to Dr James E Hansen seems a little self defeating... or is this a "get out" for them in the future! ......more to follow.
One of the leading voices on the science of global warming is to retire from Nasa this week to be more active in the fight against fossil fuels.
Predictions of a future with even more extreme weather in Toronto should be taken seriously, if only as a precaution, says a climate change skeptic at city hall, as others suggested the municipality may have to spend billions of dollars rejigging its infrastructure.
The parks and environment committee unanimously agreed to set up a working group to examine the “increasingly wet and volatile climate” described in Toronto’s $250,000 Future Weather and Climate Driver study. Among its most alarming predictions for 2040 to 2049: The number of days when the Humidex exceeds 40C will increase fourfold; an average of 0.57 heat waves will jump to five a year; and Toronto will see 26 fewer snow days, and more rain than snow, during the winter.
“Over the next generation we’re going to have to spend billions of dollars rejigging our infrastructure,” Councillor Gord Perks said. “Our infrastructure is built for a city in a different climate than the one our children are going to live in.”
Councillor Norm Kelly, chair of the parks and environment committee, endorsed the working group, but was not entirely convinced by the science. He accused Mr. Perks — who ominously predicted “people will die” as a result of climate change in Toronto — of being alarmist.
A former undercover police officer is suing Scotland Yard for failing to ‘protect’ him against falling in love with a woman in the group of eco-warriors he was sent to infiltrate.
In a landmark case due to be heard at the High Court next year, Mark Kennedy says his superiors at the Metropolitan Police knew he was sleeping with women he had been sent to spy on, but turned a blind eye because of the quality of intelligence he was providing.
In a writ filed last month, Kennedy, 43, is claiming damages of between £50,000 and £100,000 for ‘personal injury’ and ‘consequential loss and damage’ due to police ‘negligence’
The following Climate Protest was launched by a handful of Climate Realists against a hundred or so "Green" and Uniformed protesters, a single voice could be heard in the crowd, namely, Piers Corbyn, he had the most to say.......
Green Isn't Working Demo. On the steps of HM Treasury, Westminster, London. 18th Oct. 2012, 10am. Raising the public's concern about costly windfarms which are increasing fuel poverty. The "enviromental Taliban" tried to stop the public's voice. The Green NGO's wore a political uniform of black coats with green helmets! Are these caring charity workers or political militants?
A Russian floating oil rig in the Arctic has been ambushed - by a group of Greenpeace activists. Six men scaled the platform and are currently dangling off the side, suspended by cables, in protest against energy giant Gazprom's plans to drill in the area. Let's now talk to Piers Corbyn, the director of WeatherAction.com
Global-warming ice sculpture protest canceled in embarrassment for green group
In the sweltering, triple-digit Washington, D.C. heat, the climate change group 350.org planned to mock global warming skeptics on Capitol Hill Saturday morning by melting an ice sculpture shaped into the word “Hoax?”
Early Saturday, however, group founder and “Fight Global Warming Now” author Bill McKibben sent a cancellation notice to participants, claiming he was calling off the stunt out of sensitivity to those suffering in the heat wave — especially people in West Virginia.
“I think I screwed up,” McKibben began, explaining that while melting a statue was a good way to draw attention to global warming, it could also have offended those suffering in tough times.
“The idea was simple enough: if this epic heatwave gripping the nation has one small silver lining, it’s that its reminding people that global warming is very very real,” he wrote. “And the response was strong — we raised the $5000 it would have taken to pull off the event, and far more than that for relief efforts.”
Thirteen Canadians were peacefully arrested this weekend for blockading Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway tracks in order to prevent the passage of coal from the United States and destined to be burned in Asia. Among those arrested was Mark Jaccard, an economics professor with Simon Fraser University, who won the Nobel Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The act of civil disobedience was a protest against the on-going burning of coal for energy, since coal is the world's most carbon-intensive fuel and thereby a major driver of climate change.
"The window of opportunity for avoiding a high risk of runaway, irreversible climate change is closing quickly. Within this decade we will either have steered away from disaster, or have locked ourselves onto a dangerous course," Jaccard wrote in a statement prior to his arrest. "Our governments continue to ignore the warnings of scientists and push forward with policies that will accelerate the burning of fossil fuels. Private interests—coal, rail, oil, pipeline companies and the rest—continue to push their profit driven agenda, heedless of the impact on the rest of us. This has to stop."
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