[NetBehaviour] Climate Change protesters: mobilise or repress?

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Wed Apr 29 14:57:36 CEST 2009


Last night on BBC2's Newsnight, 'Ethical man' broadcast an item about
political attitudes to climate change in the US. Obama is promoting a
'cap and trade' approach to reducing national carbon emissions saying
"we need to make clean renewable energy profitable." In support of this
policy the Environmental Protection Agency has recently been empowered
to enforce regulation on carbon emissions.  While it's tough to evaluate
the efficacy of this approach it is was pretty surprising to see the
evident difference in attitude to climate change activists taken by the
US and UK governments.

12000 climate activists gathered in washington in an act of mass civil
disobedience aimed at closing down the power plant that supplies
congressional buildings. In one room activists were trained in tactics
for civil disobedience, in another US cabinet members gave rousing
speeches of solidarity and support to the protesters and against
carbon-based energy business. 

Obama appears to have his shoulder to every possible wheel to get bills
through Congress and Senate and mobilising protesters is just another of
these wheels.

There is something unnerving in this populist politiking but it is
preferable to the preemptive attacks by police on peaceful UK climate
change protesters. No??


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