Below I have posted an excerpt from a remarkable blog entry on the Greenpeace website. It is apparently from a Greenpeace supporter in India, and I was surprised that the webmaster allowed it to be published.
...........Pressuring politicians on climate change is not working. We saw that in Copenhagen. Three months later, we also know why. Which is why the global climate movement now must do course-correction. We need to shift targets and go after the real termites that hollowed out and imploded Copenhagen.
Not Barosso, Obama or Wen Jiabao, but the real obstacles to the climate deal this planet deserves and demands. The oil and gas mafia running loose in New Delhi. The coal magnates that have Canberra by the short and curlies. The petrochemical giants that have placed a firm jackboot on the EU's throat. The fossil fools and nuclear lobbyists that have Washington DC on speed-dial.
We need to hit them where it hurts most, by any means necessary: through the power of our votes, our taxes, our wallets, and more.
We need to be inclusive. We need to join forces with those within the climate movement that are taking direct action to disrupt the CO2 supply chain. We need to embrace the conservatives too, the ones that choose scientific rigour and court injunctions as their weapons.
And we need to inspire, engage and empower everyone in between... from the AirPlotters stopping the expansion of Heathrow by purchasing bits of the proposed runway to the volunteer activists that have been making life hell for fossil fuel lobbyists in the US.
Finally, we need to prove repeatedly, consistently, doggedly, that our alternative vision of a world that runs on clean energy isnít just a prototype, itís already in production.
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.
Responses from the same site:
....I am appalled at this article. It sounds suspiciously like you are making death threats. I have supported Greenpeace in the past, but no more.
....Reminiscent of the Nazis' approach to dealing with those who disagree with them.
I shall be reporting this to the Charity Commissioner.
....The true sign of a failed belief system is when its adherents, having failed to persuade the populace by reasoned debate, resort instead to violence. It matters not if we are speaking of the millions who died under Communism while their economy disintegrated, or of those murdered by Fascists determined to establish order through racial superiority, or of the brutal repression of the Dark Ages, or of Islamic extremists raising their children to become suicide bombers.
....Those who resort to violence to impose their beliefs on others are, by doing so, admitting that they have no other means by which to persuade.
My only comment - scientific rigour is not a 'weapon' - it is how science should be done, because it reveals the truth.
Meanwhile, if you wish to respond, the
Greenpeace blog can be found by clicking the link.
UPDATE - THE OFFENDING BLOG HAS BEEN REMOVED.
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