From Watts Up With That?
Essay by Eric Worrall
In the wake of Greta being forcibly removed from a coal mine expansion protest in Germany, young activists have vowed to protest in the streets “in huge numbers”.
Climate activists vow to take to streets to stop fossil fuel extraction
‘Cease and desist’ letter signed by over 650,000 people sent to oil and gas CEOs follows removal of Greta Thunberg from coal protest
Hundreds of thousands of young climate activists have said they will continue “protesting in the streets in huge numbers” against fossil fuels, a day after Greta Thunberg was removed by German police from a condemned village atop a massive coal deposit.
In a cease-and-desist letter to the CEOs of fossil fuel companies, youth campaigners accuse them of a “direct violation of our human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, your duties of care, as well as the rights of Indigenous people”.
“This cease-and-desist notice is to demand that you immediately stop opening any new oil, gas or coal extraction sites, and stop blocking the clean energy transition we all so urgently need,” the letter says.
It gets funnier – the Greta arrest was actually staged (h/t ctm);
I doubt a few angry hippies and their kids will deter Germany from their coal mine expansion. Despite their green pretensions, the German nation is in a desperate situation, they really need that coal.
Germany’s Energy Crisis Sends It Tumbling Down Investment Rankings
By Irina Slav – Jan 16, 2023, 2:48 AM CST
The energy shortages plaguing Europe’s largest economy since 2021 have affected its attractiveness as an investment destination.
According to a report in the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine, Germany now ranks 18th out of 21 countries, falling four places in the ranking produced by the German economic research institute ZEW, Reuters reported.
The institute cited higher energy costs and a labor shortage for the revision of Germany’s place in the ranking, along with the slow pace of innovation and a complicated bureaucratic environment.
Soaring gas prices have shaken the German industry and prompted the government to spend billions of euros on helping businesses, as well as households, survive. Even with the state aid, however, many German businesses are curbing their activities or moving them to lower-cost energy locations such as the United States and Asia.
Personally I’m not expecting “huge numbers” to protest, maybe one or two protest marches if they are lucky.
Europeans withering under skyrocketing energy prices have too many other problems on their plate, to worry about whether Greta got manhandled, or whether more coal gets mined.
In any case, it is way too cold for a proper street party.