Damian Carrington’s column in The Guardian had an excruciatingly poor piece today: Climate Nazis: Violent Rhetoric Infecting Many US Debates which attempted to link violent right wing rhetoric with climate change scepticism, as though the two things were one and the same. It’s a technique called painting your opponent into a corner.
But the really violent and threatening rhetoric comes from the socially acceptable smiley-faced global warming activists and apologists like Greenpeace whose website carried the following message from its communications director, Gene Hashimi:
Emerging battle-bruised from the disaster zone of Copenhagen, but ever-hopeful, a rider on horseback brought news of darkness and light: “The politicians have failed. Now it’s up to us. We must break the law to make the laws we need: laws that are supposed to protect society, and protect our future. Until our laws do that, screw being climate lobbyists. Screw being climate activists. It’s not working. We need an army of climate outlaws.”
The proper channels have failed. It’s time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism.
If you’re one of those who believe that this is not just necessary but also possible, speak to us. Let’s talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.
If you’re one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:
We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work.
And we be many, but you be few.
The post was only taken down after widespread condemnation turned it into a PR disaster for Greenpeace. Hashimi was never disciplined, of course. Instead he took an extended vacation in Thailand (flying is okay when you’re with Greenpeace). Whilst sunning himself on the beaches of Thailand, he posted the following message on Twitter to those who had signed up to his Twitter feed:
Again, no action was taken by Greenpeace against their communications director. A look at his recent twitter feed shows that the violent, hate-filled rhetoric is still very much evident (I have altered the swear words so as not to offend – be warned that Greenpeace’s communications director has not done so on his twitter feed):
Oh no, Nestle… you’re f****d!
faaaaaaaaaack, this is cool! Why do white people get to have all the fun, though?
The question someone should ask Greenpeace, is do they consider this sort of rhetoric from their communications director to be acceptable?
And whilst we’re on this subject, someone should ask the IPCC if they’re proud of appointing a representative of a genocidal government, implicated in numerous war crimes, to the chair of vice-president. As Nofrakking consensus pointed out, the Sudanese government has been accused by numerous NGOs of instigating rape, murder, ethnic cleansing and torture. But the reaction in the media to the IPCC’s appointing a member of this government to a very senior post? Nil. Nothing. Nada.