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Farmers — tired of being blamed for climate change — drive tractor convoy to The Hague, causing record-breaking rush hour in the Netherlands

October 5, 2019

By Paul Homewood


 What’s Dutch for Gilets Jaune?




Farmers in the Netherlands are ticked off over claims that they should be held responsible for nitrogen oxide emissions, so much so that police said 2,200 joined a convoy of tractors storming The Hague in protest on Tuesday.

What are the details?

In the midst of the country’s efforts to curb carbon emissions to meet the government’s goals, members of the ruling party have floated a mandate for reducing the number of livestock farmers are allowed to raise — even suggesting cutting herds by 50 percent. Producers aren’t having it.

Fences and other barriers were toppled as the protestors made their way to their destination. While the vast majority of the caravan’s participants were peaceful — only three were arrested — the congregation took its time to be sure their presence was known by city-slickers. NPR reported that "more than 700 miles of traffic jams [were recorded] at the peak of rush hour, mostly due to the protest."

"Suddenly, everyone is worried. We’re getting blamed and badly represented in the media, everyone is blaming us for climate change but planes are worse than farmers and no-one is talking about them," a dairy farmer named Vincent told the BBC.

A plow on the front of one tractor read, "How dairy you."

Ten thousand farmers were expected to gather in protest at The Hague, NPR further reported, "to argue they are unfairly being blamed after a court ruling found the country is violating European emission rules." Liberal politicians in the country are blaming livestock producers for pushing emissions over the edge.

Gradually the European public is waking up to what lies in store if their governing elites carry on with climate policies. And they don’t like it one bit.

  1. October 5, 2019 6:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. David Bains permalink
    October 5, 2019 6:52 pm

    And to think the EU decamps to Strasbourg for one unnecessary week per month. Hundreds of staff have permanently available individual cars aand chauffers on standby. The hyocrisy of emission directives is staggering.

  3. Curious George permalink
    October 5, 2019 7:05 pm

    An elite member is a genius who could learn from an uneducated 16-years autistic child.

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    October 5, 2019 7:06 pm

    Apparently a Dutch factory trawler (banned in other parts of the world) has been operating in the English channel, no doubt the complete lack of fish left behind and all the sudden mass of by-catch and dead dolphins etc. I HAVE SEEN MYSELF washing up in the last few days are the fault of climate change and plastic pollution!

    Another ‘bonus’ of EU fishery policy for the UK.

    As the angler interviewed on the news said it makes a mockery of the restrictions and years of efforts to conserve stocks (even if they are trawling and keeping fish ‘legally’ technically speaking). For once I agree with Greenpeace – if only they would stick to highlighting these sorts of ecological ‘crimes’ instead of imaginary ones.

    e.g. You and me with a rod and line:-

    “Recreational fisheries, including from shore, in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 6a, 7a to 7k are limited to catch-and-release only during 01 February to 31 March and 1 November to 31 December 2019. From 1 April to 31 October 2019, not more than one seabass may be retained per fisherman per day.”

    But a factory trawler can kill ‘everything’ net-size permitting and keep what the law allows.

    Climate change threatening North Sea cod stocks said recent news – what a sick lie.

    Now the climate change induced suicide of walruses has spread to elephants. Well if animals can’t be dumb and clumsy, what else could it be!

    And to top it all the local ITV news just gave a long article over to an XR meeting in my home town with ‘200’ people attending – with the bizarre sight of a 15 year old lecturing a room of mostly old senile crusties. The South Coast is at the forefront of climate change the news presenter lied effortlessly.

    And breathe……..

  5. Broadlands permalink
    October 5, 2019 7:23 pm

    Some farmers are tired of growing food for biofuel ethanol and not food for people. The biofuel is immediately burned as “Flex-fuel” and the CO2 dumped into the atmosphere. Farmers start over and regrow more. When the land runs out (solar panel farming takes over) and there is no transportation to use it (it’s 90% fossil) reality will set in. All that CO2 will stay in the atmosphere. Not a very well planned future for farmers and the rest of us. Forrest Gump was right?

  6. john cooknell permalink
    October 5, 2019 8:35 pm

    UK state of nature report (england) says

    “The indicator for 241 terrestrial and freshwater species for which England-specific trends are available shows little change in average abundance – it has fallen by 1% since 1970, and 3% over the past 10 years.This measure is dominated by vertebrates, particularly birds,many of which are rare and localised species that have recovered from low numbers or colonised recently, so is poorly representative of nature more widely.
    Within this indicator, the proportions of species increasing and decreasing are similar. ”

    So how does that get to the “end of the world” “farming is destroying and poisoning nature” rubbish the media are giving us?

    • Broadlands permalink
      October 5, 2019 10:09 pm

      With the large numbers of new species being described every year, the NET change is positive. The numbers of extinct species is small. It’s the number considered threatened and endangered that is large. But, they have always been so, not just because CO2 has risen.

  7. Malcyo permalink
    October 5, 2019 9:10 pm

    Why aren’t we concentrating on the content of Patrick Moore’s 2015 Lecture to GWPF and the necessities of having a suitable amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is not a problem! ………Or is it?

    • October 6, 2019 12:10 pm

      Very recently, Dr. Patrick Moore did an interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee. It was very succinct and informative. Actually the increase of CO2 has helped with the greening of the world. Drat.

  8. October 5, 2019 9:18 pm

    Hopefully as with Hong Kong, the farmers and others will stand up to the hysteria around the mass extinction political charade. The lack of accurate climate information being circulated by the media is incredible. Either purposeful or blind ignorance. No climate regulation can take place without The State. Terrifyingly so, The State likes the power and the taxes. $Trillions will be wasted, economic growth stopped or reversed and personal liberty and freedom will be greatly reduced, again.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 6, 2019 10:56 am

      In the media there are the propagandists such as Harrabin and anyone at the Guardian, those wanting a big headline that Earth to die next year provides and all the others who just pump out the press releases with a bit added on. Proper journalism requiring an objective analysis of any story has long since died as being too time consuming. With all the taxpayer funding going to how to prove the end is nigh, that’s why all the press releases are of that ilk.

  9. October 5, 2019 11:19 pm

    First we read, “Farmers in the Netherlands are ticked off over claims that they should be held responsible for nitrogen oxide emissions . . . ”

    Next we read, “In the midst of the country’s efforts to curb carbon emissions to meet the government’s goals . . .”

    Chemstry wasn’t my best subject, but I’m pretty sure that nitrogen isn’t carbon.

  10. Phillip Bratby permalink
    October 6, 2019 6:34 am

    Farmers ought to be grateful for the increasing levels of C02. They should be encouraging everybody to maximise their “carbon footprint”. Instead, farmers leaders such as the NFU are all fully-paid up members of the climate change scam. There seems to be no escaping from going along with the climate change propaganda.

  11. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 6, 2019 9:20 am

    Aren’t these protesters fertile soil for explanation of the climate truths? Forming a caucus?

  12. Gerry, England permalink
    October 6, 2019 11:01 am

    That has to be the biggest and best tractor run evah! I hope they invited the classic and vintage tractor owners to take part.

  13. It doesn't add up... permalink
    October 6, 2019 11:35 am

    Gele hesjes are yellow jackets.

  14. October 6, 2019 12:12 pm

    I was working at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC in the 1970’s when the farmers with their tractors came to call. It certainly did lead to a monumental traffic snarl–in DC that takes almost nothing and they were definitely something.

    Great fun to see this.

  15. swan101 permalink
    October 8, 2019 12:16 pm

    Reblogged this on ECO-ENERGY DATABASE.

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