U.S. Youth Crash Climate Denier Live Webcast at COP-15

Udgivet / published: Wednesday 09 December 2009 22:55 af / by Takver


US Youth Crash Climate Denier Live Webcast in Copenhagen

Young Clean Energy Advocates called "Hitler Youth" by Climate Denier Lord Monckton

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Fifty young Americans took over a climate denier conference hosted by a prominent conservative organization this evening in Copenhagen, rushing the stage and telling the live TV audience that a clean energy future is the real road to prosperity in America. The young people, merely a fraction of the more than 350 US youth in Denmark for the UN climate negotiations, entered a session of the Americans for Prosperity "Hot Air Tour" speakers series and were able to drop two banners and gain access to the conference's stage. The live event was webcast to over forty climate denier rallies in cities across the United States.

See a video on Youtube at http://bit.ly/4FAljl and pictures at http://is.gd/5hbUR.

The students entered the event in small groups, joining a paltry audience of five conference attendees, who had come to hear climate denier Lord Christopher Monckton speak about the Copenhagen climate negotiations. After the first five minutes of the event, student representatives from SustainUS, the Sierra Student Coalition, the Cascade Climate Network, and other American youth NGOs displayed banners reading "Climate Disaster Ahead" and "Clean Energy Now." After security agents at the event took the banners, the young attendees began a chant of "Real Americans for Prosperity are Americans for Clean Energy." The chant lasted five minutes, as the youth took the stage and displayed their message for the live video feed being sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, despite evasive action by Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips and his camera crew. As they left the stage, Lord Monckton repeatedly called the activists "crazed Hitler Youth" and "nazis."

"Clean energy creates jobs," says Rachel Barge, a 24-year-old entrepreneur from San Francisco, CA who was the first young person to raise her voice at the event, "These climate action delayers and science deniers are stealing bold, new economic opportunities from the American public." Laura Comer, 21, of Strongsville, OH, seconded Barge, saying, "We're representing the majority of Americans on this, particularly young Americans. The real America wants clean energy - not more fossil fuel-funded lies about the science."

"We are Americans for prosperity too," says Ethan Buckner of the Sierra Student Coalition, "Prosperity that's created through a new clean energy economy that will revitalize the American economy and provide millions of clean energy jobs for our generation and all generations to come." "We need a strong climate and clean energy bill from Congress and a science-based and just treaty in Copenhagen in order to jump start this new energy economy Americans are calling for so loudly," adds Ben Wessel of SustainUS, "The youth of America are ready to move forward into a sustainable future, and we need our elected officials to join us. We refuse to sit quietly today while our leaders decide the future of tomorrow."

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further infos on the "hitler youth" remarks.....

New blog post up.  We are also targeting emails at Tim Phillips and a few other staff withing AFP and Koch Industries: http://act.consequence09.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=475http://consequence09.org/2009/12/afp-gets-defensive-lord-monckton-continues-to-offend/AFP gets defensive, Lord Monckton continues to offend December 11, 2009 @ 1:32AM

Despite near universal disgust with his offensive comparison of young climate activists with the Hitler Youth, one day later and Lord Christopher Monckton was at it again.

Coming over to lecture the SustainUS delegation, Lord Monckton repeated his bigoted Nazi accusations.

When SustainUS member Ben Wessel (who is Jewish) attempted to introduce himself to the British aristocrat, Monckton avoided his outstretched arm, telling him “I will not shake the hand of Hitler youth.”

Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity, continued to prove they don’t get it.

Posting on Facebook, AFP President Tim Phillips described the event where the comments were made as “a huge success!”

Responding to our twitter petition demanding an explanation and apology, AFP wrote: “We don’t approve of Hitler youth remark See tape of inappropriate gesture from protester edited out by @sustainUSagents http://bit.ly/89fdPO”.

While we thank AFP for expressing mild disagreement with Lord Monckton’s comments (i.e. meeting the bare minimum threshold for human decency) this response is still unacceptable and raises as many questions as it answers:

  • As they state, in the video you can see one of the protesters briefly raise her middle finger to the camera. Is this gesture rude? Sure. But does AFP really mean to suggest that making a rude gesture is equivalent to disparaging an entire generation of climate activists as Hitler Youth?
  • In that same video, Tim Phillips introduces Lord Monckton as “one of the best minds” on their side after the Hitler Youth comments were made! Considering his continued Nazi rhetoric, does AFP still consider Monckton as a leading mind in this debate?
  • Will AFP apologize to the youth delegates who were verbally attacked by Lord Monckton?
  • Can AFP explain why they gave a bigot like Lord Monckton a platform to speak in the first place?

We need to keep the pressure on AFP and demand answers to these questions.

Send a message to AFP and their industry backers and ask who they support: hateful British lords or engaged young Americans looking for a clean energy future?