Image: Famed gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire at Prospect Park in protest suicide against fossil fuels
It finally built up from the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States to now to demonstrate how insane the Left truly is. All of the riots, lootings, shootings and multiple political demonstrations all lead to two news stories that finally prove the Left has not been radicalized, they are radicals.
This past Saturday, a well-known proponent of gay rights and environmentalist named David Buckel set himself on fire in Prospect Park in New York City as a means to warn people that the Earth is in big trouble due to human activity. Ironically, Buckel used a fossil fuel in order for his tragic act to be successful.
Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather, Buckel said in his suicide note. Our present grows more desperate, our future needs more than what we’ve been doing.
In Los Angeles, California, at a cost of $40,000 a mile city officials have commissioned painting the City of Angel’s streets white as part of an effort to reduce urban heat islands that contribute to climate change.
L.A. has been conducting this effort since May of last year and the white street campaign is alleged to have reduced roadway temperatures up to 10 degrees. However, Los Angeles’ white street program overall, most likely, won’t work. A research piece published during 2011 in Journal of Climate determined that painting the rooftops of houses white had no effect on reducing carbon emissions or greenhouse gases.
For a well known environmentalist to commit suicide in an attempt to warn people of their pending doom resulting for their activities allegedly dooming the planet and for Los Angeles city officials to deny science and then resort to painting streets white to combat climate change demonstrates with absolute clarity that the political Left has gone out of its mind.
The election of Donald Trump may have brought the violent nature of the Left that was always known underneath the surface and was successfully hideen for many years to the surface, but their rage also shows the insanity that goes along with it along with the suicidal path the Left is on full steam ahead.
Activist Self-Immolates Using Fossil Fuels He’s Protesting
Environmentalism has a long history of attracting cranks, loons, and zealots.
There was the Unabomber, whose Manifesto was all but indistinguishable from Al Gore’s Earth In Balance.
There was James Lee, the eco-terrorist who in 2010 was shot by police at the Discovery Channel after taking hostages, leaving behind rambling messages protesting about “overpopulation” and the need to “the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies.”
Now there is David S Buckel, a lawyer who burnt himself to death in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, apparently in the belief that this would set some kind of moral example to all those people out there bent on destroying the planet.
Here is how Buckel put it in an email to the New York Times:
“Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water, and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”
Buckel may, as the New York Times describes him, have been a “prominent” lawyer who did much good work in the field of gay rights. But the very last thing I hope anyone will do is to listen to his final words on the environment.
First, he is wrong historically. The history of human progress is the history of a journey from primitive conditions, long working hours and backbreaking toil into one of much greater leisure, abundance, and health.
This is one of the many things that fossil fuels have done for us: by supplying the energy intensity equivalent of many hundreds of horses, many thousands of men.
Compare the average lifespan of people who lived in the West before the Industrial Revolution and people who live in it now. The disparity makes an absolute nonsense of that stuff about “many” dying “early deaths”: people had it way worse in the pre-industrial age.
Second, he is wrong economically. Every decision involves trade-offs. When we opt to use, say, renewables over fossil fuels we are sending a message to the world: that we prize green virtue-signaling and the bank balances of crony capitalists in the renewables sector over the needs of ordinary energy users and the broader economy.
There is nothing intrinsically noble about rejecting fossil fuels in favor of energy which is more expensive, more inefficient, more economically disruptive and, ultimately, more environmentally damaging.
Third, he is wrong logically. Dousing yourself with gasoline and committing suicide by self-immolation is a horrible way to go. But it tells us no more about the evils of fossil fuels than driving your car at 100mph into a tree would tell you about the evils of cars.
“Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death,” claimed Buckel in one of his suicide messages. But there was no honor in this death. It was just ugly, pointless and sad.
Still, there are definitely lessons to be learned from Buckel’s tragedy. Perhaps the most obvious is the degree to which even intelligent, successful, educated people have been poisoned by green groupthink.
What does it say about our culture that a man of Buckel’s professional stature could live 60 years and never once stop to appreciate that all the things that have made Western industrial civilization so generally comfortable and pleasant to live in stem ultimately from our access to cheap, abundant, efficient carbon-based energy?
Buckel’s death had nothing to do with fossil fuels; everything to do with the brainwashing of the environmental movement.
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