By Paul Homewood
Just when you thought the loonies had gone away!
Extinction Rebellion has warned it will set up blockades in Westminster to prevent MPs from returning to work. A statement on its website said: “We’re not going to let them back in until they agree to start anew with justice, care and life at the heart of it. From September 1 we will peacefully blockade the UK Parliament in London until they promise that the first thing they’ll do is debate our three demands.”
We will peacefully blockade the UK Parliament until they promise to debate our three demands
Extinction Rebellion said its first demand was for the Government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and work with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
The second demand is for the Government to act immediately to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
And the group’s third demand is the creation of a “Citizens’ Assembly” on climate and ecological justice…..
Extinction Rebellion said: “We are at an intersection of global crises. Climate breakdown, COVID-19, racial injustice – all are symptoms of a toxic system that is driving us to extinction – a system built on economic inequality, extraction, the destruction of nature, and exploitation.
The idea that you can have a peaceful blockade that prevents MPs going to work is a contradiction in terms.
And talk of racial injustice, economic inequality and so on simply confirms the real, hard left agenda, hidden behind their green facade.
Of course, we knew all of this anyway, but what about their new demand for net zero emissions by 2025? Even if we drove the economy off the top of a cliff, it still would not make much of a dent in emissions.
Electricity only accounts for about a tenth of overall emissions in the UK, so even if we could miraculously quadruple our renewable capacity in the next five years, and find a way to manage with the lights going out half the time, it would make little difference.
Domestic users account for another 16% of non power emissions, mainly for heating, cooking and hot water. Does XR recommend that we freeze to death in winter?
Industry emits about a quarter of GHGs, so that would have to all shut down. Another quarter comes from transport, which would raise the question of how we are all supposed to get to work, except for the fact that we would have no work to go to.
And finally there’s agriculture, with another tenth of emissions, so we would have no food to eat, even if there were lorries to ferry it around, and factories to process it.
Still, at least there is one consolation – Emma Thompson would be stuck would not be able to fly back from abroad every time she felt like it!