[NetBehaviour] Climate Change protesters: mobilise or repress?

karen blissett karen.blissett at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 29 15:20:20 CEST 2009

Hello Ruth,

thank you for posting this info :-)

Climate change groups have been treated like criminals in the UK. The
contrast is amazing, even if it is at type of propaganda - for it to be
released on television to a large audience, acts as a clear question of why
the UK is acting in such a unreasonalbe way?



    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

    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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