And just like with the Climategate emails, the greens have hammered it in themselves with a star-studded ad that portrays the totalitarian mindset so perfectly and so disgustingly, that it stands alone, and without comment as a self-indictment. Warning: the video is very graphic in terms of gore.
The backlash was so quick and so universal, that the “10:10″ campaign responsible for it pulled it within hours. Thankfully, in the age of the internet, that will do nothing to stop its dissemination.
Nothing that any enemy of the green movement could have crafted could be so damning. Many moderates probably have misgivings about the green movement which remain submerged or inchoate. Watching a video like this is just the thing for bringing such misgivings to a head, and crystallizing in the mind exactly what this vicious movement is all about. Even after apologizing for any offense the ad may have caused, the founder of 10:10 can’t help but sound disturbingly totalitarian: “We ‘killed’ five people to make No Pressure – a mere blip compared to the 300,000 real people who now die each year from climate change.”
Did they expect to have to pull it all along? Do they expect even this kind of press to still be good press? If they do, they’re wrong. This will do nothing but turn people on them.
Here is what everyone who debates a enviro on television or in front of an audience should do. The first time the enviro gets particularly righteous on you, take a moment to anxiously crane your neck to try to get a good look at his podium. When they ask you what you’re looking for, say you’re just making sure they don’t have a button.