Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ecoprotests increasing not clearly a good thing.

Bright Green Blog
is reporting on how climate protests are rising. The article notes that one movement's numbers,
"just exploded and went from being a sizable amount of people, several thousands of very active youth all around the country, to just hundreds of thousands of young people [....] The floodgates are about to open. We have the numbers. We have the skills. We have the passion."
Well, that might be the case, but I worry -- were such a large movement to really take-off, then there would be fringe elements that would inevitably take to eco-terrorism methods, such as vandalizing or even bombing coal-fire plants. For comparison, when anti-abortion groups occasionally gain substantial popularity there are always radicals who take the next step into intimidation and violence. I think it's great that people are taking global climate issues seriously, but sudden quasi-political "movements" to force the market to change faster than its ready for will be counter-productive.


[image] Cox and Forkum editorial cartoons. (Accessed November 23, 2008)

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At 4:44 PM, Blogger The Wanderer said...

You know the world's in trouble when hippies turn to violence.

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will these green people be as bad a the anti-abortionists? I don't think so. Because many of the people who I've met that are anti-abortion are right wing Christian fundamentalists that are strange in that they want to save a fetus and are willing to harm others to do it. The green people, however, I've usually seen that they're fairly rational (except the occasional getting high) and most haven't been that religious, and therefore not as likely to make irrational choices based on a misunderstanding of faith claims. I mean, I haven't met very many "christians" that believe in global warming. It's a lie, says the fundamentalist. Besides, God will destroy this world, nothing to fear....

At 9:42 PM, Blogger The Wanderer said...

"The green people...haven't been that religious, and therefore not as likely to make irrational choices based on a misunderstanding of faith claims."

There are plenty of irrational choices based on faith claims that have nothing to do with religion. They simply have to do with people having a tendency to want to believe things without having to think about them.


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