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This might upset anyone involved with #ExtinctionRebellion, who I'm sure has done so for genuine motives. I have spent a lot of time over the last 2 weeks looking into them (through other people more expert than me) and read a lot and watched a lot in that time 1/8
XR uses a lot of manipulative and persuasive or pressured techniques to create an atmosphere of emergency so that governments and pension funds and ultimately us will put in money for very expensive types of technology 2/8
such as carbon extraction and storage that will itself use 30 % more coal and cause other pollution like Ammonia. The prominent figures in XR have an extensive corporate background and they are also backed by 3/8
a large number of vested interest NGOs including ones representing the US war machine and who have campaigned for war in Syria. The spontaneity of Greta and her protests are, let's say not as spontaneous as they might seem. Everything has been carefully planned and organised 4/8
Regarding measures such as the Green New Deal, this will involve renewable energy sources that will use and need the mining of huge amounts of metals such as cobalt which will cause emissions pollution and health issues for those mining them. 5/8
Basically, ones electric cars will pollute as much as ones petrol or diesel cars. XR also promotes a complex system of carbon "offsets" which will allow corporations to claim greenness while creating pollution somewhere else. 6/8
Basically XR is wanting a greenwash of capitalism to allow corporations to carry on polluting and consuming. The US military incidentally is the number one producer of carbon emissions in the world. 7/8
Its a very complex area and I am no expert but the link below links to people who are and who I have learned from. Feel free anyone to copy or repost this or reply with comments or opinions 8/8 winteroak.org.uk/climate-capita…
And so if what is proposed by #XR isn't the solution, then what is? Here's an answer from @robinmonotti
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