Text of a leaflet I shall be promoting at the 2019 Durham Miners’ Gala.

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Unopposed climate protesters at the Bradley Opencast site in Brooms near Leadgate

Over the past thirty years I have been a regular visitor to the Miners’ Gala but last year I decided that even if I had to do it totally on my own I would tackle something which has increasingly occupied my mind.

The Gala prides itself as a meeting point for trade unions and the Left. It is the largest gathering of the organised labour movement in Western Europe. But no-one here defends coal anymore. Every political or campaigning stall is weighed down with books and pamphlets which  demonise coal (and other fossil fuels) and promote austerity and green politics. No doubt similar views will be expressed by this year’s speakers.

Last year, only ten miles away, there were unopposed climate protesters at the Bradley Opencast site in Brooms near Leadgate. There have been similar unopposed environmental campaigns against coal mining developments at Dewley Hill, near Throckley, and at Highborn, near Druridge Bay. The UK still requires coal as an essential raw material for cement, steel manufacturing and other industries. It is used to warm homes and is an important part of the country’s mix for generating electricity.

Unopposed climate protesters at the Bradley Opencast site in Brooms near Leadgate

Unions and activists who should be defending industry and jobs offer no opposition to the environmental movement which is determined to make working people poorer and de-industrialise the West.

This year, the militant wing of the “woke” middle class, Extinction Rebellion (XR) “have been generously offered the opportunity to join the procession and have some space for a stall and display”. A movement that should be opposing austerity for the working class are joining in common cause with those who are promoting it.

How did this reactionary programme get to be an article of faith for the Left and the organised labour movement and how can it be given a home right here at a gathering which celebrates the sacrifice and industry of miners, when the very instigator of the demonization of coal and the promotion of the climate agenda was Margaret Thatcher?

It was at Thatcher’s personal instigation that the UK set up the Hadley Research Centre for Climate Prediction and Research. The Hadley Centre produces the primary datasets which are used by the IPCC to assess global warming. Under the leadership of committed warmist Sir John Houghton the Hadley Centre also selected the lead authors for the IPCC’s working groups. By 1988 Thatcher was addressing the Royal Society as a scientist and a Fellow on the same topic. Action to cut power station emissions and reduce acid rain was to be undertaken at “great and necessary expense” she ordered.

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It was in 1984 that Thatcher was first made aware of the idea that CO2 was harming the climate by Crispin Tickell, then a deputy undersecretary at the Foreign Office, who only a few years previously had been concerned about global cooling. By posing concern about climate change as an international issue beyond party politics at the forthcoming G7 summit, she knew she could reduce Britain’s reliance on coal and by posing her actions as necessary to reduce CO2 emissions she could support a privatised and weakly unionised “dash for gas”.

In her 2002 biography Thatcher recants pouring scorn on the environmental movement that she gave birth to, She advises, ”recall how wrong the doomsters have been and take comfort from the fact” but her legacy still continues and now it is at the very heart of organised labour movements. Literally no-one is opposing it.

Make no bones about it, the environmentalist movement wants to make people poorer. It wants us to give up our cars. It wants us to give up flying. It wants to intervene in every aspect of our personal behaviour including what we eat. It is willing to frighten and exploit children in organised climate strikes. XR wants to set up climate courts outside of democratic control whilst warning of the growth of fascism if it does not. And yet in over thirty years not ONE of predictions of environmentalists have come to pass. Environmentalism is posed as a radical movement but is completely mainstream with support of all major parties. It is the 24/7 output of the BBC, the royals and most celebrities. Anyone who is unconcerned by the unopposed growth of environmentalist movements ought to be.

See also Environmentalism: The New Moral Code

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