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‘Climate (terrorists?!) activists’ with shirts that say ‘No Golf on a Dead Planet’ disrupt PGA golf event,

‘Climate activists’ with shirts that say ‘No Golf on a Dead Planet’ are taken off by police at a PGA event, the Travelers Championship. One of the protestors kicked a planter of roses. A perfect encapsulation of the phony cause of ‘climate change’ protest. They hate nature,… pic.twitter.com/72Ioq4MrOu — Eric Abbenante (@EricAbbenante) June 23, 2024   PROTESTORS STORM THE 18TH AT TPC RIVER HIGHLANDS@NUCLRGOLF @PGATUOR @GolfDigest pic.twitter.com/JSjcYidOaR — TrackingScheffler (@SchefflerLegion) June 23, 2024 https://nypost.com/2024/06/23/sports/climate-protesters-vandalize-18th-green-before-scottie-scheffler-putt-at-travelers/ Climate protesters storm 18th hole, vandalize green before huge Scottie Scheffler putt at Travelers Championship By Christian Arnold A group of protesters stormed onto the 18th hole of the Travelers Championship with what appeared to be smoke grenades and paint, disrupting the final day of the tournament with Scottie Scheffler attempting to close out another win. The group of climate protesters were taken off the 18th green in handcuffs as fans at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut booed them and called them names. The commotion started when one protestor in a blue shirt and golf hat ran onto the course with a cylinder-looking item emanating yellow smoke. Police officers could be seen immediately chasing after the intruder and the broadcast showed what appeared to be another cylinder-looking item that went flying across the screen with red smoke coming out of it. Videos posted to social media showed the chaos continuing as several other protesters ran onto the course and authorities quickly took them to the ground to apprehend them. WROC-TV sports director Thad Brown reported that five protesters were taken away by police and paint was left on the 18th green, where all of the events transpired.

Harvard Accused Of Promoting Eco-Terrorism For Plans To Screen ‘How To Blow Up A Pipeline’ Film

https://www.dailywire.com/news/harvard-accused-of-promoting-eco-terrorism-for-plans-to-screen-how-to-blow-up-a-pipeline-film By  Kassy Dillon Harvard Law School invites those ‘interested in environmental activism’ to meet the director of a film flagged by FBI over terrorism concerns Harvard Law School is under fire for plans to host a movie screening of ‘How To Blow Up A Pipeline,’ a film that the FBI says promotes eco-terrorism. The film, directed by Harvard alumni Daniel Goldhaber, will be aired by the law school’s film society. It grows ideas from Andreas Malm’s book with the same name, and tells the story of a group of young people blowing up a pipeline as an activism tactic. The film’s website includes a “Take Action” page on its website with a map of U.S. oil and gas pipelines. Harvard is going beyond simply hosting a screening. Harvard Law School professor Jon Hanson is moderating a Q&A with the film’s director during the event, and encourages attendance by all students “interested in environmental activism.” His website, the Systemic Justice Project, describes the film’s plot as “the story of a group of activists who execute a daring plan to (you guessed it) blow up a pipeline.” The FBI issued a terrorist alert due to fears that the movie would inspire eco-terrorism, Rolling Stone reported in April. Another 23 law enforcement entities followed suit. “The consensus amongst law enforcement and the private oil sector is that this film may motivate attacks or disruptions on critical infrastructure throughout the country,” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, wrote in a March 21 bulletin, according to Rolling Stone. Harvard promoting domestic eco-terrorism. If a Republican were teaching how to blow up an abortion center they would (rightly) be in jail. Of course, the Biden DOJ will do…nothing. https://t.co/1bB8fpbuzn — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2024 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), in a social media post reacting to The Daily Wire’s report on Harvard’s screening, said the Ivy League university is “promoting domestic eco-terrorism.” “If a Republican were teaching how to blow up an abortion center they would (rightly) be in jail,” Cruz stated. “Of course, the Biden DOJ will do…nothing.” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) echoed Cruz’s accusations, saying Harvard was “promoting movies that promote and teach domestic terrorism.” He told The Daily Wire that the Biden administration’s failure to do anything about the film is a representation of its misplaced priorities. “The Biden Administration has been targeting parents as terrorist threats, which is completely insane,” Crenshaw said. “But the Far-Left gets a pass for blatant calls for violence. They encourage violence as an appropriate tool for achieving their radical agenda without any regard for the safety of innocent Americans.” The Daily Wire previously reported that the book that inspired the film is making its way into public universities around the United States, and is even required reading in some courses.

Watch: Morano on Fox on universities promoting eco-terrorism: This is nothing short of ‘eco-porn’ in the form of ‘hardcore terrorism’

Morano explain on Fox that government officials are lining up in favor of eco-terror, which has even entered the curriculum at universities. 

“This is coming not from just some lone nut like the author of the book “How to Blow Up a Pipeline”; this is coming from NPR, Bloomberg, and the New York Times.  It’s coming from NASA. In 2010, NASA’s lead global warming scientist endorsed a different book that called for ridding the world of industrial civilization.  He literally said they should essentially be blowing up dams.  James Hansen, the former NASA scientist in endorsing this book said the author has it right, the system is the problem… This is nothing short of eco-porn in the form of hard core terrorism.”

Watch: Morano on Rebel News talking Davos: The ‘elites’ know corporate media is on their side – ‘They don’t think the government would lie about COVID, or terrorism or climate?!’

Video here as well. The Ezra Levant Show – Rebel News TV – Broadcast January 23, 2023 Climate Depot’s Marc Morano joins The Ezra Levant Show, where he told @EzraLevant that the so-called elites know the corporate media is on their side, and that’s why they run from independent journalists. Visit Rebel News for more on this story ➔ https://rebelne.ws/3WzX5yg Morano: “The world’s most powerful ruling classes have now conditioned themselves to know that corporate media and established media are all friendly –  it’s fine. They fear the small independent unaffiliated, grassroots journalism, that tells us everything you need to know about what’s wrong with the mainstream media of the world today globally.  They’re there to protect the powerful, not hold them to account. What a flip from the 1960s and 70s when you had people like Jane Fonda and the media heralding the Pentagon papers showing that the U.S government lied about the Vietnam War. So they don’t think the government would lie about COVID, or terrorism or climate?! What happened to these great progressives? The merger of big media and big government is shocking.”

Bloomberg Green Gives Voice to Climate Terrorist Andreas Malm

https://www.masterresource.org/climate-extremism/bloomberg-climate-terrorism/ By Robert Bradley Jr. The climate alarmists are in a trap of their own making. Their cut-and-dried apocalyptic predictions have not come true–and the public is rightly skeptical. But instead of checking their premises, the eco-nuts are inconveniencing and offending the public, damaging private property, and ending up in jail. And they are damaging their own cause by … being crazy. To Bloomberg Green, it is business as usual to give voice to eco-terrorist Andreas Malm. Here is what Akshat Rathi and Oscar Boyd wrote on December 14th: The past few months have seen a flurry of climate protests. In Marseilles, a cement factory was sabotaged by activists for its high emissions. In London, tomato soup was thrown at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers by members of the group Just Stop Oil. Other activists have taken to deflating SUV tires in cities across Europe and the US to discourage use of the gas-guzzling vehicles. This is only the beginning of what climate activists need to do in order to be effective, says Andreas Malm, associate professor of human ecology at Lund University and author of How to Blow Up a Pipeline. “The task for the climate movement is to make clear for people that building new pipelines, new gas terminals, opening new oil fields are acts of violence that need to be stopped — they kill people,” Malm says on Bloomberg Green’s Zero podcast. Violence? Maybe 49 percent of the time. Rathi and Boyd continue: Malm argues that while the majority of climate action should remain non-violent, no social sea change — from the suffragettes to the Civil Rights Movement — has succeeded through completely peaceful activism. “We shouldn’t engage in assassinations or terrorism, or use arms and things like that,” he says. “But until that line or boundary, we need virtually everything … all the way up to sabotage and property destruction.” Purposeful, premeditated destruction of legal property is “terrorism.” And is the next step using arms and carrying out “assassinations”? This is quite a slippery slope. Rathi and Boyd end: The stakes are high for protesters engaged in disruptive tactics, as governments around the world target them with increasingly punitive legislation…. Malm says this response is to be expected. “That’s what always happens when you escalate. As soon as you pose a danger to the system, this is what you’ll get in return,” he says. “And that’s a sign that you’re doing something good, that you are actually challenging some interests.” You can listen to the full conversation with Malm below, and read a full transcript here. Check out more episodes of Zero, and subscribe on Apple, Spotify and Google to get new episodes each week. Three days later, Green Bloomberg’s Olivia Rudgard gives another shout-out to the eco-terrorist’s radio interview: Sabotaging a cement plant. Throwing soup at art. Deflating SUV tires. This type of property destruction is exactly what activists need to do more of to be effective, says academic and How to Blow Up a Pipeline author Andreas Malm on this week’s Zero. “The task for the climate movement is to make clear for people that building new pipelines, new gas terminals, opening new oil fields are acts of violence that need to be stopped,” Malm says. “They kill people.” Listen to the episode — and subscribe on Apple, Spotify and Google for new episodes each week.   Who is Andreas Malm? Andreas Malm, eco-terrorist propagator, is in the eco-nut class with David Suzuki (“There are going to be pipelines blowing up“) and Les Knight (“I campaign for the extinction of the human race“). Here are some quotations from the blow-up-the-pipeline threat. Consider these quotations from Andreas Malm’s How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire (2021): Damage and destroy new CO2 emitting devices. Put them out of commission, pick them apart, demolish them, burn them, blow them up…. Sabotage, after all, is not incompatible with social distancing. And a quotation from How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Do we conclude that the only thing left is learning to die – a position already propounded by some – and slide down the side of the crater into three, four, eight degrees of warming? Or is there another phase, beyond peaceful protest? A book summary states: The science on climate change has been clear for a very long time now. Yet despite decades of appeals, mass street protests, petition campaigns, and peaceful demonstrations, we are still facing a booming fossil fuel industry… In this lyrical manifesto, noted climate scholar (and saboteur of SUV tires and coal mines) Andreas Malm makes an impassioned call for the climate movement to escalate its tactics in the face of ecological collapse. We need, he argues, to force fossil fuel extraction to stop–with our actions, with our bodies, and by defusing and destroying its tools. We need, in short, to start blowing up some oil pipelines. Final Comment The climate alarmists are at war with the world–the peaceful, let-me-improve-my-life world of normal people. They have picked a losing cause and cannot even consider a mid-course correction. The jails may fill up with eco-nuts, but there needs to be fines to individuals and organizations (Just Stop Oil–see tomorrow’s post) to cover the costs of incarceration. And perhaps the legal system can encourage rehabilitation when the guilty are invited to read Steven Koonin’s Unsettled or Alex Epstein’s Fossil Future to awaken their minds to the ideal and joy of living in an improving world where politics is minimized and human freedom maximized.

Morano puts eco-terrorists suspected of vandalizing power stations into perspective: ‘The real terrorism to the grid is the Green New Deal proposals & the Inflation Reduction Act’

https://omny.fm/shows/the-joe-piscopo-show/8-am-hour-the-joe-piscopo-show-12-27-22 Marc Morano, Former Senior Staff Member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, publisher of ClimateDepot.com, and the author of “Green Fraud”Topic: New York City and NYS Energy Following Storm and Cold Weather The Joe Piscopo Show Broadcast December 27, 2022 Morano: These grids are being attacked, the same way that the SUVs have been regularly torched in many places by these environmental activists who don’t want to see SUVs on the road. They’re going after the grid because they want to create chaos. Vladimir Lenin, during the Russian Revolution in Czarist Russia would say ‘The worse, the better.’ So the idea is, the more chaos they can create, the more likely you’re going to have their government-favored nationalization and takeover of industries. But here’s the here’s the big — the bigger picture. Yeah, this is kind of like the guy holding up at gunpoint and taking your wallet on the street. But the real terrorism to the grid isn’t coming from the people attacking this grid. It’s coming from people like [former California Governor] Arnold Schwarzenegger, who 15 years ago signed the ‘historic’ California climate legislation, which led to California facing blackouts and the highest electricity prices in the country. The real terrorists to our grid are the Green New Deal proposals and the Inflation Reduction Act, and solar and wind mandates. There is no reason why any modern grid should have energy shortages. The only reason they have shortages is because of the green agenda that’s infiltrated itself into our energy policy due to due to politics based on wacky ideological science. So we can be mad at these activists for actually torching and destroying the grid or going after SUVs. But the real culprit is green energy policies.  Joe Piscopo: Marc Morano, you’re the man. Keep the fight. We love having you on the show more. Thank you so much for taking the time. Happy New Year, and let’s keep up the fight. Come back anytime please. # Related Links:  Eco-Terrorists Suspected Vandals of Tacoma Power Stations Thousands Without Power After Substations Vandalized in Washington, North Carolina Washington Power Substations ‘Vandalized’ In Attacks, Cutting Off Electricity For Thousands Excerpt: Thousands of households in Northwest Washington were left without power on Sunday after four power stations were “vandalized” by burglars, according to local police. Vandals broke into three power substations, run by Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy (PSU), and damaged the stations’ electrical equipment, causing over 14,000 Tacoma residents to lose power, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department statement. More households experienced power outages after a fourth substation was attacked and a fire broke out at the scene on Sunday night, according to an update. … In November, two PSU power stations in Washington state were attacked which caused the FBI to begin looking into the events, according to The Seattle Times. Similar events at electricity substations in Oregon and North Carolina have been reported to the bureau, and Washington law enforcement received an FBI memo warning of such attacks.  

Eco-Terrorists suspected of vandalizing power stations, thousands without power

Eco-Terrorists Suspected Vandals of Tacoma Power Stations – Gateway Pundit’s report was Thousands Lose Power After Three Substations Sabotaged in Tacoma, Included were quotes from Seattle Times.  Deputies arrived on scene and saw there was forced entry into the fenced area. Nothing had been taken from the substation, but the suspect vandalized the equipment causing a power outage in the area.  Deputies were notified of a second burglary to the TPU substation at 8820 224th St E which also had forced entry with damage to the equipment. Nothing was taken from this site either. At 11:25 we were notified by Puget Sound Energy that they too had a power outage this morning at 02:39 am. Deputies are currently on scene at this facility where the fenced area was broken into and the equipment vandalized. Thousands Without Power After Substations Vandalized in Washington, North Carolina Washington Power Substations ‘Vandalized’ In Attacks, Cutting Off Electricity For Thousands Excerpt: Thousands of households in Northwest Washington were left without power on Sunday after four power stations were “vandalized” by burglars, according to local police. Vandals broke into three power substations, run by Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy (PSU), and damaged the stations’ electrical equipment, causing over 14,000 Tacoma residents to lose power, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department statement. More households experienced power outages after a fourth substation was attacked and a fire broke out at the scene on Sunday night, according to an update. … In November, two PSU power stations in Washington state were attacked which caused the FBI to begin looking into the events, according to The Seattle Times. Similar events at electricity substations in Oregon and North Carolina have been reported to the bureau, and Washington law enforcement received an FBI memo warning of such attacks.

‘Sabotage Is Most Effective’: Eco-Terrorism Advocate Given Platform By The New York Times – Has advocated for ‘Ecological Leninism’

https://dailycaller.com/2022/10/21/eco-terrorist-advocate-new-york-times-opinion-column/ By JACK MCEVOY Swedish eco-terrorism advocate Andreas Malm was featured in a New York Times guest opinion piece on Thursday where he advocated for climate activists to engage in “sabotage” to prevent the “breakdown” of the environment. Throughout his NYT essay, Malm, who is also an associate professor of human ecology at Sweden’s Lund University, criticized the climate activists who threw soup on a famous Van Gogh painting in London to protest fossil fuel production as their actions were not “gritty” enough. Malm argues that engaging in eco-terrorism is the most productive and logical form of climate activism and is also the author of the nonfiction book, How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire. (RELATED: Putin Tops Media ‘Green’ List For Shutting Off Europe’s Gas) “As a rule, I tend to think sabotage is most effective when it is precise and gritty,” Malm wrote. Malm praised the British environmentalists who destroyed gas station pumps in the United Kingdom, stating that they “hit the nail on the head” because it directly targeted a source of climate change. Malm claimed that climate movements in the West are now using sabotage to push their agendas, referencing the activist groups that have attacked pipeline facilities and disabled SUVs. “When governments refuse to undertake this work, it is up to the rest of us to initiate it,” Malm wrote in his NYT piece. “That is the rationale for sabotage: to aim straight for the bags of coal.” In his book, Malm disparages climate protestors who do not engage in sabotage as it will compel businesses and governments to divest from fossil fuels. He also claims that natural gas and oil pipelines are very easy to disable, citing historical examples. Malm and the NYT did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. # Great Reset By Marc Morano – Chapter 12 Excerpt: ‘COVID Lockdowns Morph to Climate Lockdowns’ The following is an excerpt from Chapter 12 of The Great Reset: Global Elites and the Permanent Lockdown – By Marc Morano CHAPTER 12 – COVID Lockdowns Morph to Climate Lockdowns “We Must Embrace . . . Ecological Leninism” In 2020 Lund University professor Andreas Malm urged, “We must find a way of turning the environmental crisis into a crisis for fossil capital itself.” Malm pointed to Lenin as the model. “The whole strategic direction of Lenin after 1914 was to turn World War I into a fatal blow against capitalism. This is precisely the same strategic orientation we must embrace today—and this is what I mean by ecological Leninism.” “State power should definitely be used to prevent luxury emissions perpetrated by the rich—private jets should be banned outright, as should SUVs and other vehicles that consume completely indefensible amounts of fuel. This is low-hanging fruit for the climate justice movement, as these sources of emissions are among the least socially necessary,” Malm continued. “Some forms of consumption will indeed have to be limited or abolished outright—this cannot be done through markets or appeals to ethical consumption, but only through state regulation,” Malm added. # NPR / New Yorker feature Eco-terrorist threats to UN climate summit (COP26) – New Yorker asks: ‘Should The Climate Movement Embrace Sabotage?’ .   New York Times touts book titled: ‘How to Blow Up A Pipeline’ as a ‘new way to think’ – Book argues that ‘strategic acceptance of property destruction & violence has been the only route for revolutionary change’ NYT’s Tatiana Schlossberg (the daughter of Caroline Kennedy): How to Blow Up a Pipeline author Andreas Malm “argues that there should be room for tactics other than strict nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations — indeed, he is a bit contemptuous of those who offer strategic pacifism as a solution — and notes that fetishizing nonviolence in past protest movements sanitizes history, removing agency from the people who fought, sometimes violently, for justice, freedom and equality. Sure. But the problem with violence, even if it’s meant only to destroy “fossil capital,” is that ultimately it’s impossible to control.” # Climate Depot note: The website of the publisher of the book, Verso books, asks, “why haven’t we moved beyond peaceful protest?” The publisher website explains: “[How to Blow Up a Pipeline author Andreas] Malm argues that the strategic acceptance of property destruction and violence has been the only route for revolutionary change.” “Andreas Malm makes an impassioned call for the climate movement to escalate its tactics in the face of ecological collapse. We need, he argues, to force fossil fuel extraction to stop—with our actions, with our bodies, and by defusing and destroying its tools. We need, in short, to start blowing up some oil pipelines.” New York Magazine climate reporter David Wallace-Wells, also provided a featured review of Malm’s book: “If a livable world requires an all-over transformation, where and when and how do we start? Perhaps with this book, a provocative manifesto from the pioneering theorist of the climate age.” – David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth In 2010, NASA’s former lead climate scientist also endorsed a similar sounding book. See: James Hansen declared author ‘has it right…the system is the problem’ — Book proposes ‘razing cities to the ground, blowing up dams and switching off the greenhouse gas emissions machine’ 2013: Video: Eco-Terror Threats Issued at Rally: Climate Depot attended: ‘We will dismantle the Pipeline’ sign prominently displayed at rally — ‘By any means necessary’ Watch: Morano on RT: Green radicals are ready to kill for their cause The Socialists’ Plan for ‘Ecological Leninism’ The world is heating up and we face a global pandemic. Neither of these assertions is to be questioned, says Malm. “Science” tells us that they are true, and that is that. What causes these problems? The answer, you will not be surprised to learn, is capitalism. Marx long ago predicted that capitalism would collapse because capitalists, greedy for profit, would expand production to a greater extent than the market could absorb. The revisionist Marxist Eduard Bernstein objected that capitalism had so far surmounted its crises and hadn’t collapsed, but Rosa Luxemburg, another heroic figure for Malm, had high hopes for future disaster.

British Eco-Terrorist Group Attacks SUVs in New York

  https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/01/british-eco-terrorist-group-attacks-suvs-in-new-york/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=british-eco-terrorist-group-attacks-suvs-in-new-york by Eric Worrall h/t Dr. Willie Soon; Tyre Extinguishers deflate SUV tyres, in the hope their nuisance actions will coerce owners to switch to eco-friendly vehicles. Sooner or later their actions will kill someone. British climate activists deflate more than 40 tires on SUVs in NYC’s Upper East Side and leave leaflets saying ‘your gas guzzler kills’: Group warns more cities will be struck in the coming weeks Tyre Extinguishers originated in the UK, and say their mission is ‘to make it impossible to own a huge polluting 4×4 in the world’s urban areas’ The group deflate the tires of SUVs, in a bid to make owning one so inconvenient that drivers will switch to other, more environmentally-friendly, vehicles They have targeted vehicles in the U.K., Austria, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand This week they carried their first ‘action’ in New York City, deflating the tires of multiple vehicles on Manhattan’s Upper East Side The group left leaflets on the SUVs they hit, saying: ‘Attention: Your gas guzzler kills’, and are vowing to act in other cities By HARRIET ALEXANDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM PUBLISHED: 15:31 AEST, 1 July 2022 | UPDATED: 22:06 AEST, 1 July 2022 Climate change activists with a group calling itself Tyre Extinguishers are celebrating their first ‘action’ in New York City – deflating the tires of 40 SUVs on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The movement, which originated in the United Kingdom, seeks to dissuade people from owning SUVs in urban areas, and switch instead to more environmentally-friendly vehicles. The SUVs they vandalized had leaflets let on the windshield, which stated: ‘Attention: Your gas guzzler kills’. … Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10971889/British-climate-activists-slash-tires-40-SUVs-NYC-leave-leaflet-gas-guzzler-kills.html Last time WUWT covered these losers, we discovered their favourite covert deflation trick is leaving a hard lentil under the valve cap, to slowly deflate the tire by pressing gently on the valve. This potentially creates a window of time during which the SUV owner might not notice their vehicle has been sabotaged, which could in turn lead to a serious or fatal road accident, if the tire deflates suddenly while travelling on a motorway or busy road. They say they always leave a note – but who reads all the junk fliers which get stuck to wind shields in a big city? In my opinion these people are terrorists, and deserve to be treated as such. They are happy to put the lives of other people at risk to make a political point.

Professor in The Hill: ‘Get ready to see more climate terrorism’ – ‘The increasing infuriation of climate activists is warranted’

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/3460232-get-ready-to-see-more-climate-terrorism/ BY ELIZABETH CHALECKI – A professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, a former research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a research chair with Fulbright Canada. In early November, two eco-activists were arrested in Newcastle, Australia, for blocking the Port of Newcastle’s outgoing coal-loading operations. The two women abseiled from coal-loading equipment to make a protest statement about their government’s lack of action on climate change. Their frustration was evident: We are trying to survive, they explained, and the government is doing nothing. The increasing infuriation of climate activists is warranted, in Australia and around the world. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces ever more dire warnings of the effect of a warming climate, but nations have consistently failed to reduce or control greenhouse gas emissions, even as a 2021 Pew poll found that nearly three-quarters of respondents thought climate change would harm them personally. In the United States, two-thirds of Americans say the government should do more to fight climate change, but the government has whipsawed between leaving the Paris Agreement and rejoining. If a Republican is elected in 2024, we could leave again. Meanwhile, atmospheric CO2 has steadily climbed to 419 ppm, the highest concentration ever recorded. What drives environmental activists to blockade railroads? Recent political science research has indicated that there is little correlation between the preferences of the majority in supposedly democratic societies and actual political outcomes, and that economic and business elites have far more influence than ordinary citizens over government policy. Repeated citizen demands for climate legislation, divestment plans for universities, the fossil fuel nonproliferation treaty, even the IPCC’s own findings — all founder against the bulwark of entrenched economic interests. “Kayaktivism” and other more benign forms of protest make for good television footage, but result in no real change. In Australia, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce dismissed the protesters’ climate concerns, saying “we’ve got to make a buck.” This is how terrorism begins. Social or political groups who think they have a legitimate grievance may petition for redress from their government, but are ignored, shut out or arrested. If they can’t achieve the desired results by legitimate means, the group will turn to more extreme forms of protest in order to force the government to acknowledge their cause. But unlike demands to avoid mask-wearing or vaccination, failure to address the climate crisis rapidly will result in catastrophic heating of the planet. Citizen demands for climate action have been met in the United States with division, in Australia with denial, in Russia with derision, as well as in China and India with demand for more coal. To environmentalists, this is no surprise. Climate activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Blockade Australia and Deep Green Resistance have long argued that the current capitalist system of resource extraction is so embedded in the global political system that governments cannot and will not act to stem the climate crisis, because every nation prefers every other nation to cut emissions first while they continue to accrue profit. The empty speeches at the recent UN climate summit COP26 in Glasgow have proven them correct. … Labelling environmental activists as “terrorists” is a convenient mental shortcut, because law enforcement can brand them as aberrant criminals and arrest them, without considering their motives or addressing their concerns. The “terrorism enhancement,” a legal designation that adds 15 years to the sentence of those convicted of a crime in the U.S., has been applied to environmental activists over and above white supremacists and the anti-abortion movement. To call someone a “terrorist” is to predetermine their guilt under the worst possible assumptions. Droughts are ravaging the US — it’s time to get serious about water recyclingScandals, lies and audiotapes: Kevin McCarthy has principled Republicans squirming But as the world gets hotter, no amount of law enforcement threats will mollify the growing climate rage. The anger and dissatisfaction resulting from government paralysis in the face of the climate crisis will spur those concerned to take more strategic direct actions. Climate activists will soon conclude that, if they are going to be judged like terrorists, that might be the only way to get anything done. Elizabeth L. Chalecki is a professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, a former research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a research chair with Fulbright Canada.  

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