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Bill McKibben and Trial Lawyer Friends Flirt with Violence

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There may be no bigger phony among fractivists than Bill McKibben, who continues to flirt with extremists and violence aided by his trial lawyer friends.

Bill McKibben loves white sheet cowards who flirt with violence, while extolling non-violent “direct action” and “rebellion,” a fact we noted in an earlier post. Rockefeller front groups such as 350.org and the Sustainable Markets Foundation, where trial lawyer and Fractivist Rasputin Jay Halfon fund the dirty work through the back door. As we noted at the time, they “fire up the true believers with the fervor of religious environmentalism and then pat them on the back from a distance for jobs well done.” Now, Bill McKibben is at it again, rewarding a group known as “Beyond Extreme Energy” with his tweet of approval for what is the work of a clearly extremist group.

Here is that latest Bill McKibben tweet:

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The event seems to have been hardly noticed by anyone other than Bill McKibben but the buildup was quite something, as this video demonstrates:

The point of it all, of course, was to get arrested, with the most important help solicited, at 1:34, being for a bail bond fund. It’s not clear anyone did get arrested, which may be the biggest indicator of failure, but that was the unmistakable intent and Bill McKibben loved it.

Yes, Bill McKibben, who plays the role of mild-mannered professor just seeking the application of wisdom to problem solving, is really a radical community organizer type at heart, not to mention a willing shill for Steven Rockefeller and his son, the latter having just re-created Rockefeller Oil to take advantage of Russian reserves he bought on the cheap while also developing LNG facilities in China as the family preaches divestment for the rest of us. He loves Beyond Extreme Energy and their “Rubber Stamp Rebellion.” Why? Because they do things like this, from their schedule (emphasis added):

Day #1
Monday, May 16

Breakfast and Morning Action
Location and Time TBA

Orientation and Training (con’t)
11am-3pm, Lutheran Church (212 E. Capitol Street)

Afternoon Actions
3:30pm+

Dinner
6pm, location TBD

Rolling Occupation of FERC Commissioners’ Homes
7pm+, Location TBA

Bed
Time TBA, St. Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton St NW)

Day #2
Tuesday, May 17

Breakfast and/or Action
Time and Location TBA

Actions at Government Targets
9am,   Locations TBD

Bag Lunch
12pm

Afternoon Actions
Time and Locations TBD

Dinner
6pm, Location TBA

Rolling Occupation of FERC Commissioners’ Houses
7pm+, Location TBA

Bed
Time TBA, St. Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton St NW)

Day #3
Wednesday, May 18

Breakfast and/or Action
Time and Location TBA

Actions at Corporate Targets
9am,   Locations TBD

Bag Lunch
12pm

Open Meetings
12pm-4pm, Lutheran Church (212 E. Capitol Street)

Action Planning
Time and Locations TBD

Afternoon Action
Time and Location TBD

Dinner
6pm, Location TBA

Rolling Occupation of FERC Commissioners’ Houses
7pm+, Location TBA

Bed
Time TBA, St. Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton St NW)

Beyond Extreme Energy is a sophomoric play on words, the extremists giving a wink and nod to say “hey, join us, we’re the extremists” as they label oil and gas as extreme. That follows the radical playbook, of course; always accuse your opponent of what you’re doing to put them on the defensive. The leadership consists of people such Jimmy Betts (center) and Jerry Lee Stewart III (right) who struck this self-indulgent pose for the cameras:

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Jimmy Betts is an acupuncture and oriental medicine guy – a healer –  and a “Program Coordinator & Facilitator” for “The Great March For Climate Action,” whatever that means. He supposedly “once spent a whole year speaking only in dirty limericks.” An absolutely charming guy of great intellectual authority on energy matters.

Mr. Stewart is another serial protestor. He was recently arrested in Providence, R.I. and “charged with vandalism and obstruction of lawful pursuits” for chaining himself to the doors of a company his spoiled brat friends from FANG said was “to raise concerns about the link between climate change and the United States military.” He also writes puff pieces in radical joumals to extol Black Lives Matter (the group that chants “pigs in a blanket – fry them like bacon” about police) and their campaign for “collective liberation.”

When you dig into Beyond Extreme Energy, though, by going to their donation page, you find the operation is funded by something called the Center for Public Interest Research, Inc., which is affiliated with the National Center for the Public Interest. Inc. and is basically designed to serve the community organizing arm of that entity. Both are parts of the U.S. PIRG operation, about which we’ve written numerous times. Public interest research groups, or PIRGs, were created by Ralph Nader and others as a tool to fund raise for radical causes using college students as pawns.

They are also designed to be rain-makers for trial lawyers, which is where people such as Jay Halfon come into the equation. Halfon, now integrally involved with the Park Foundation, the Rockefellers, Bill McKibben and his 350.org, the Sustainable Markets Foundation and Earthworks, among others, served as executive director of both the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). Trial lawyers thrive upon and actively support PIRGs who set up opportunities for lawsuits.

The Center for Public Interest Research, the PIRG group behind Beyond Extreme Energy, is funded by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Tides Foundation (Teresa Heinz Kerry) and other entities such as the Western Conservation Foundation which is, in turn, funded by the Rockefeller Family Fund, the same folks who, with the rest of the NRDC gang, ginned up the recent RICO attack on Exxon Mobil with the help of New York Attorney General Schneiderman who acts as an extension of the NRDC and brought on Weitz & Luxenberg trial lawyer Lemuel Srolovic to do the dirty work.

This is how special interest fractivist politics works. It employs useful idiots such as Jimmy Betts and Jerry Lee Stewart III to garner attention with outlandish stunts bordering on violence while proclaiming the opposite and rewards them with flirting praise from the likes of shills such as Bill McKibben, the whole bunch of them serving as nothing more than agents of trail lawyers and some of the wealthiest people on Earth. One imagines Jimmy and Jerry have no idea how they’re being used, which is why they’re so useful, of course.

Bill McKibben, though, does know. He knows who Steven Clark Rockefeller, Jr. is and that he’s investing in oil, not divesting. Steven’s father, after all, was his boss at Middlebury College. Bill McKibben knows who pays his bills and he knows all about Jay Halfon (his 350.org board member) and the Fractivist Rasputin’s purpose in life. Bill McKibben also knows exactly what he’s doing in flirting with the Beyond Extreme Energy characters and their not so non-violent behavior. He’s encouraging them in their outlandishness for the sake of doing the bidding of his own masters.

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8 thoughts on “Bill McKibben and Trial Lawyer Friends Flirt with Violence

  1. https://mobile.twitter.com/BanBombTrains/status/730114207455141888

    While i normally only comment about natural gas here apparently oil by rail is now a crime and I’m pretty sure this is connected to 350org organizing.

    I think the targeting of the ferc commissioners at their homes speaks volumes about the antifracking natural gas movement. I’ve said before anyone who does not agree with the ban fracking and all infrastructure movement can be a target of that movement. Doesn’t matter if you are a govt employee, politician or a citizen. You can be targeted at your home or online.

  2. Keep in mind that the organization bill mckibben is most associated with is 350org which was focused on climate change action and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

    When activists are given information whether in the news, from the eia or via other sources about how natural gas has been replacing coal in the united States and that this has been beneficial they attack the people giving them this info as industry shills.

  3. Sooner or later all these “movements” will be so far to the left of left that they’ll be “passing gas” ……

  4. https://m.facebook.com/events/102256916848818/

    Schumer will be the political target for this resistance effort. He is at least a politician and it appears the event won’t be in his kitchen. This event is I guess colisted as part of the “rubber-stamp rebellion” so promoted by beyond extreme energy friends. The activists are closely networked which is one reason why you hear them say or write the same things and also spout the same misinformation. My experience was that they are very resistant to real information and they misinform everyone even each other.

  5. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/279440-fracking-on-the-defensive

    Today via the hill.com Seth Gladstone of food and water watch is doing some PR for his organization and his movement. Food and water watch likely claims to do education as many antifracking pipeline resistance groups do. With the proposed port Ambrose import project this education consisted of an export conspiracy theory. This happened years ago and was a sustained effort, was widely reported on and yet when reporters and politicians are handed evidence that the group routinely misinforms the public or others like the sane energy project are largely fraudulent organizations? Crickets. From reporters. Editors.

  6. More hypocrisy from those who seemed o invent it. here we are 9 years into the anti drill vs drill in NYS and still no one is putting solar on their roofs unless the state and federal government pays for it. Kuomo, our governor who believes allowing confused gender’s with male genitaiia into the bathrooms with our daughters, wives, and grandchildren is more important then allowing upstate NY to save its economy with natural gas harvesting on its local farms and properties. He is more worried by all outward appearances on Puerto Ricco’s economical woes then our own states. But like I said he only appears to be as he trolls for the Hispanic vote he could actually give a damn.

    if these people truly seek violence and homegrown terrorism to make the paper and their hypocritical cause known then they are right to offer pay to their protestor leadership. They are right to keep it in the city. But Kuomo wont be governor for ever…

  7. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/clinton-sanders-fracking-rift-221959

    Not long ago Elana schor of politico, politico frequently champions antifracking activism so much so that it’s NY counterpart has reporters like Scott waldman who flat out refuse to make corrections to factual errors made, wrote about her perception of the fracking rift in the Democratic party. The article features a picture of ling tsou a united for action leader. United for action willfully broadcast a conspiracy theory on the port Ambrose import project for years. It features food and water watch and 350 also part of the antifracking movement. I would say neither group is credible on natural gas and fracking nor pipelines.

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