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The UCS’s Strange Idea Of Democracy

September 22, 2014

By Paul Homewood 


Some interesting twitters on the Union of Concerned Scientists website about the left wing climate march .







Kimmell is President of the UCS, so it is very revealing when he comes out so wholeheartedly in support of a march that has been organised by left wing organisations and where the protestors have made clear hatred of capitalism and democracy.




Any lingering doubts that the UCS is not, at heart, a socialist organisation, and that any science is pretty much incidental, can now be safely laid aside.  

I do find it ironic, however, that Kimmell believes that this march “took back democracy”. There may have been 300,000 marchers (though these figures often end up to be wildly overstated), but, the last time I checked, there were some 318 million people living in the USA. I make it that more than 99.9% of the US did not go on the march, so perhaps their views count for a little bit more than odd bunch of misfits who did turn up.

He might also like to consider that the 99.9%, who did not turn up, might just have been too busy earning a living, running a home and basically taking care of everyday living. As such, they probably have much more important things to worry about than non existent problems, the proposed solutions to which will cost them money, and possibly even their livelihoods.

But obviously they don’t matter to Kimmell because they do not share his extreme political views.

The idea that a small number of noisy and organised demonstrators should be allowed to influence public policy is, anyway, the very antithesis of how democracy should work.


Then, just to add to the pathos, Kimmell seems to find it strange that ice should happen to melt in New York in the middle of September.



This seems to be about par for the course for the UCS!

  1. September 22, 2014 6:13 pm

    Has anyone ever wondered who’s part of the “Union of Concerned Scientists?” Anyone who has the required annual membership fee of I believe $45! So don’t get too impressed.

    • Streetcred permalink
      September 22, 2014 11:35 pm

      Anthony Watt’s dog, Kenji, is a member … no kidding!

  2. September 22, 2014 6:19 pm

    Unfortunately the “small number of noisy and organised demonstators ” usually get all the publicity and the “silent majority” don’t.

  3. September 22, 2014 6:23 pm

    I wouldn’t mind if any of them had actually looked at the data before making up their minds, instead of just accepting what they are told/

  4. Scott Scarborough permalink
    September 22, 2014 7:20 pm

    Middle of September, not December.

  5. mkelly permalink
    September 22, 2014 7:41 pm

    Then, just to add to the pathos, Kimmell seems to find it strange that ice should happen to melt in New York in the middle of December.
    Paul I think you mean September not December.

  6. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 22, 2014 7:54 pm

    I proposed people stay home or go to a nearby park and get charcoal or a wood fire going for roasting things – corn is in season here and the local store had a sale on chicken. So that’s what we did. I think the high CO2 levels helped the garden as both corn and tomatoes are prolific.
    Tallies are coming in from all over the world of those that joined in this celebration of seasonal change. Many millions did something – too numerous and varied to report. But thanks to all!

  7. September 22, 2014 9:26 pm

    Since when did a “Pinko Parade”, become a symbol of democracy?

  8. Streetcred permalink
    September 22, 2014 11:37 pm

    Strange isn’t it, how the socialists / communists always associate their doctrine with “DEMOCRACY” … they’re the furthest thing from democracy than what one can get.

  9. M E Emberson permalink
    September 23, 2014 1:47 am

    These marchers look like the rentamobs of the sixties. I seem to remember the same turn outs for, or was it against , Fidel Castro . It must be something which it is fashionable to do in New York in September for students and agitators.

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