It’s show time, everyone! Get comfortable, maybe make some popcorn, settle down in front of your electronic device of choice, and watch the world go Boom. Like an uncontrolled nuclear reaction, a meltdown of some sort is underway. That might be a huge helping of hyperbole, but it might not, and part of what makes this all so exciting is that we really don’t know what will happen. We have not been here before.
I’m referring to the recent masterfully-orchestrated climate activist agenda, the one that is frantically trying to kill off the world’s fuel supply as the world watches. The climate movement pulled out all the stops through countless online training sessions, chat groups, fund raising, child-recruiting, etc., and choreographed each sequence magnificently. We are now at a crescendo, it seems, where the final act of their play is about to unfold. The fascinating part though is that the performers seem to have failed to notice that their show is cracking the foundations of the theatre. But they don’t care, because the performance is going so well.
Consider the events of the past few weeks. The world’s media was herded into viewing rooms to watch a newly-minted Swedish teen climate icon sweep majestically into NYC, and go on a celebratory tour where the world raptly listened to every feisty and juvenile utterance with complete reverence. To cap it off, the climate masterminds infiltrated the minds of children, convincing them and their terrified masters to break out of school to further the carefully fomented panic.
The base stock for this weird soup was created over the past few years as the climate movement convinced a great many people that we are in a climate emergency. Governments of various levels helplessly agreed, swept along by a current that they dared not fight against. No one stands up to a Swedish teenage girl in pigtails, no matter how energetically she’s chewing them out.
The final act of the play arrived with the Extinction Rebellion crowd, who, as we just discovered, is now free to roam and blockade the streets unimpeded.
Make no mistake, we are mere steps from anarchy. Witness this week’s XR traffic tactics, in particular the one in Edmonton. Nine activists, might have been ten but I get nauseous when I look at the footage, marched out onto a major bridge and shut it down just before rush hour. Fewer than a dozen people accomplished this. The astounding part was what happened when the police arrived some time later. In a scarcely believable scene, the handful of officers guarded the protesters, later proudly stating that they had “negotiated a stand down” half an hour earlier than the protesters had wanted.
Extinction Rebellion must have been dancing their dreadlocks off back at headquarters. The tiny group brought a significant section of the capital city to a halt, and not only were they not arrested or even chastised, they had the police eating out of their hands. They “settled” by cutting off their protest a bit earlier than hoped, and in a move that truly boggles the mind, the Edmonton police noted the goodwill of the protesters, how they actually packed up a few minutes earlier than agreed upon. Doesn’t that just melt your heart, the magnanimity of that little horde of hijackers?
Be perfectly clear on this: the irresponsible actions of our politicians, who brainlessly stood there, agreeing to the climate change narrative – and the police, who gave the delusional activists free rein – have set the stage for a much wider anarchic show. What will stop them? Who will stop them?
You won’t – you’ll be thrown in jail for going near them, no matter what they try. They can blockade a day care center and you’ll be the one that’s thrown in jail if you throw a punch at a rebellionista while trying to get to your child. These are social media grand masters; they will do whatever they want, and if you so much as raise your voice at them you’ll be a global phenomenon in minutes.
We are about to reap what we’ve sown. A powerful and fiendishly well-organized climate movement has terrified the world, who will now march to their agenda. School kids around the world are among the most terrified, with demand for counseling way up due to climate angst. Any adult that doesn’t understand energy systems – which is most of them – has now been convinced that we need to change energy systems almost immediately (by 2025, the new masters insist), or the planet will be doomed.
What is going to make this so interesting is that the demands of this group are impossible by any standard. There is not a realistic plan in existence to get off fossil fuels by 2050; things start to get realistic when climate modellers admit that we will consume perhaps 70 million barrels per day by then rather than 100 as we do today. And that is being optimistic, since global demand still grows each and every year.
So we now have a group of anarchists, blessed implicitly by governments, who have been emboldened to shut down whatever they like, whenever they like. This week’s activists tested the waters to see what would happen, what the response would be, and to their presumably utter astonishment, nothing at all happened. They did what they wanted, with no repercussions other than some infuriated commuters who were powerless to do anything. A handful of activists were arrested in various cities, but there are no teeth to such arrests – they are simply a badge of honour for activists.
There is nothing on the horizon to slow or in any way impede these people. Paradoxically, the outcomes that they demand are impossible. And that is what is making this all so fascinating.
At some point in the near future, Trudeau (who seems so Teflon-coated that it is hard to believe won’t stay in power) and other world leaders are going to have to make a choice: they are going to have to walk back their “climate emergency” talk and try to bring XR & co. to heel, or they are going to sit down and work with the anarchists on plans that are literally impossible to achieve. And if they sit down with the anarchists, they will be short-circuiting democracy, and all sorts of wingnut groups are going to grasp that this new technique works rather well. There is no bigger growth industry than the “I demand everything” movement.
This theory could be wrong, but in order for it to be so, one of two scenarios must happen: either XR has to fade away, replaced by rational energy discussions, or the government has to crack down on environmental extremists and admit that the climate emergency is not really an emergency.
In the first instance, rational energy discussions, though crucially needed, seem to have zero chance of entering the hypnotized mass media sphere. Useful and accurate energy information can be found, as in this excellent Chris Slubicki talk. But getting these messages out into the main media stream is no small feat.
And in the chances of the second instance happening? Don’t make me laugh.
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