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UK city defends new ‘climate lockdown’ policy

RT | December 7, 2022

The city of Oxford has embraced the concept of limiting citizens’ personal travel to fight climate change, an idea once dismissed as a conspiracy theory.

The Oxfordshire County Council’s so-called ‘traffic filter’ system, adopted last week, has gone viral, denounced as the first step toward “climate lockdowns” by climate skeptics and civil liberties activists.

The city will be divided into six “15-minute neighborhoods,” containing all local necessities, with residents required to register their cars so their comings and goings can be tracked by a network of cameras. They are allowed unlimited movement in their own neighborhood, but in order to drive through the filters, they must apply for a permit.

Even then, they are only granted access to other neighborhoods for an average of two days per week. Those who exceed their travel allotment will be fined.

Thousands of residents have expressed concern about the project, which has previously been rejected under a different name – including 1,800 who signed a single petition over worries it would actually increase congestion. However campaign director for Oxfordshire Liveable Streets, Zuhura Plummer, claimed that the initiative would “save lives and make our city more pleasant now and for future generations,” citing an “official analysis” that projected 35% less traffic, 9% fewer road casualties, 15% faster bus times, and 91% less air pollution.

The city will also benefit financially, with any driver caught passing through a filter without an exemption or a permit being charged a £70 penalty (just over $85) per violation. Planners expect the city could make as much as £1.1 million per year from fines.

Climate skeptics have attempted to raise the alarm about the measure since its passage, describing it as the first step toward the kind of “climate lockdowns” media outlets like The Guardian warned about at the height of the pandemic.

Economics professor Mariana Mazzucato outlined a grim future in which people would be required to submit to “climate lockdowns” for part of the year, barred from using personal vehicles and consuming red meat, while fossil fuel companies would be prohibited from drilling – all in the name of warding off catastrophic global warming.

When the essay was met with widespread public backlash, mentions of the phrase ‘climate lockdown’ were promptly scrubbed from news headlines, and the very notion of a government-mandated climate lockdown was declared a conspiracy theory.

December 9, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity | ,

4 Comments »

  1. The Mayor of Oxford should know that the polar ice caps are not melting. Polar bears are not drowning, and cow farts are not destroying the planet. But, I guess you just can’t fix stupid!

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    Comment by papasha408 | December 9, 2022 | Reply

  2. Increases in CO2 levels in greenhouses enhance plant growth as carbon dioxide is plant food. Thus, nature already has a solution arising from our plant kingdom allies.

    Authoritarians might explain to us what chemtrails and geoengineering are accomplishing.

    In the dystopic novel, 1984 written in 1948 (founding of the Jewish state), the protagonist for freedom was named “Goldstein”.

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    Comment by rediscover911com | December 9, 2022 | Reply

    • Eric Blair (George Orwell) recognized the enemy of freedom after his time in Spain during the civil war. The merciless and murderous actions of the Communist commissars shocked him. The majority if not all of these commissars belonged to a certain religious group and they were not Christians.

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      Comment by papasha408 | December 9, 2022 | Reply

  3. Oxford. University city and one of the two major centres of learning. Or so we thought. Looks like the university was a waste of time and money, as the city now appears to be run by mindless WEF minions. So much for education and past reputation! John Thaw (Inspector Morse) must be rolling in his grave.

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    Comment by Bill Francis | December 10, 2022 | Reply


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