Twitterstorm – damage report

I received this email late last night, while the storm was still raging but, even though it is now officially over, hopefully this will not be the end of the story… I say this because, being human, I think we all have our ideological ‘blind spots’: For many very sincere environmentalists it is genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or nuclear power (the legacy of which is another problem that cannot be made to disappear by wishful thinking)… However, for many people today their ideological blind spot is still seeing growth as the answer to all our problems; and fossil fuels as its (non-renewable and climate-disrupting) power source. However, one should not pick a fight with the basic laws of physics. But I must not go on about this now… Here is the Twitterstorm update from 350.org… —————- Dear Twitter-stormers, You’ve been working hard all day to get the #EndFossilFuelSubsidies message out to your friends, world leaders, and celebrities—and thanks to our astonishing rate of 3+ tweets per second, we’re being heard loud and clear. We plan on stoking this twitter storm for quite a while longer, but here are just a few exciting updates from the day:

  • American Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shares her support:
  • Our twitter storm gets coverage in The Guardian.
  • Tweets at large in the real world! Check out the photos from Sydney earlier today; real world projections of our Twitterstorm should be starting in New York soon.
  • We’re “trending”! With our high tweet rate, #EndFossilFuelSubsidies was just trending first in the U.S. and second globally—making it one of the most talked about topics online in the entire world. According to Topsy.com, an article on #EndFossilFuelSubsidies was the #1 story in the world—even beating Justin Bieber!

This is encouraging news, and it’s clear that our demands for clean energy and green jobs are cutting through the noise. Now, here are two easy ways to keep this storm raging: 1. We need to show our world leaders that this storm isn’t about to let up anytime soon—can you get 5 of your most Twitterific friends to join the Twitterstorm? Just share this Facebook event on your wall, tag five of your savviest friends (here’s how), and ask them to join in! 2. Let’s keep trending! Retweet this tweet now. Today’s twitter storm was something new and different for us and we couldn’t be more grateful that you—and 10,000 other folks—joined our Social Media Team. Let’s keep tweeting and re-tweeting to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies! Thanks, Allyse for the 350.org team. P.S. Just for fun: a 350 supporter whipped up this great Ryan Gosling image about how we need to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies. Can you spare a retweet for Sensitive Ryan Gosling?

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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9 Responses to Twitterstorm – damage report

  1. Christine says:

    I prefer “Victory Report” :).

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Oooh, now then, I think we have some way to go before we can proclaim anything other than a moral victory. 😉

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  2. Patrice Ayme says:

    Dear Rick: Something I always wanted to know, what is the magnificent picture in your blog’s banner? BTW, I tweeted too, of course… However, considering the attitude of the plutocrats at the G20, I doubt this will amount to anything… PA

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Please see the Images page for a full explanation of where the photos were taken and how they came to be one single image. If I said the location is a play on words can you guess where in France it is…?

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Nice public bust-up between President of Argentina and PM Cameron though, ehhh? She should have had velcro on the back of the envelope; and stuck it to the man…. Memo to self: Must investigate circumstances surrounding British settlement of Las Malvinas (I suspect Arg. saw no value in settling them, whereas Imperiaists always settle on anything*. Furthermore, Arg. is only interested now because hydrocarbons may be out there somewhere…). BTW, did you see the Chinese journalist who took a film crew to record him planting a flag on a rock no bigger than a car just off the Phillipines recently (* QED)? Still, I would like to see the UK apologise for what they did to Diego Garcia…

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  3. Patrice Ayme says:

    Hi Rick: Argentina is ridiculous about Les Malouines. It’s European territory, end of story. The state of Argentina controls a super gigantic territory already. It should be happy with what it has. When global war comes back, it’s not clear they will be able to cling to it. [BTW, the official French position supported Thatcher on les Malouines on day one; Reagan’s support was hesitant, and much later. French help was important as Argentina’s best weapons were French, and the Brits were taught and trained by the French on how to avoid them!] PA

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Thanks Patrice. I was tempted to continue this discussion via email but I have little to lose… I was only 17 when the Argies invaded the Falklands; but was very much in favour of Thatcher’s response and French Support at the time…. However, taking the long view, do you not agree that: Since we are not averse to relocating people when it suits us (e.g. the people of Diego Garcia being deported to South Africa in order to facilitate the construction of a USAF base on the island in the 1950s), it would make much more sense for the British to re-settle Falklanders in (say) Scotland; and allow Argentina to have vacant possession of ‘Las Malvinas’ (and any fossil fuels should be left untouched by all).

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      • Patrice Ayme says:

        So we would approve retrospectively what was done at Diego Garcia? Next question, where does Argentina stops? I mean after conquering the Antarctica peninsula? (Same reasoning as Falklands)… Not giving in to a bully is a moral duty. And I like the Argentinan president! Except about Malouines… BTW, since the French were first, they should get it, which is basically the situation, so what’s the complaint about. And as far as leaving the oil alone, that’s a pipe dream… Pipe like in pipe line… PA

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      • Rick Altman says:

        Patrice, the people who were displaced from DG are probably all dead – and their children may be quite happy in South Africa – but that does not reduce the injustice done to their parents, does it? The UK government should at least apologise as it did with regard to nuclear testing in the Pacific; and the Japanese have done w.r.t. the incarceration of civilians in China in WW2 (my Dad included). On the subject of the Falklands, I actually agree that the people living there deserve the right to self-determination (they did not choose to be born in the South Atlantic)… all I am questioning is how their ancestors came to be there in the first place… See John Pilger on Diego Garcia.

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