COPENHAGEN - Fifty young Americans took over a climate denier conference hosted by
a prominent conservative organization this evening in Copenhagen,
rushing the stage and telling the live TV audience that a clean energy
future is the real road to prosperity in America. The young people,
merely a fraction of the more than 350 US youth in Denmark for the UN
climate negotiations, entered a session of the Americans for Prosperity "Hot Air Tour"
speakers series and were able to drop two banners and gain access to
the conference's stage. The live event was webcast to over forty
climate denier rallies in cities across the United States.
The students entered the event in small groups, joining a paltry
audience of five conference attendees, who had come to hear climate
denier Lord Christopher Monckton speak about the Copenhagen climate
negotiations. After the first five minutes of the event, student
representatives from SustainUS, the Sierra Student Coalition, the
Cascade Climate Network, and other American youth NGOs displayed
banners reading "Climate Disaster Ahead" and "Clean Energy Now." After
security agents at the event took the banners, the young attendees
began a chant of "Real Americans for Prosperity are Americans for Clean
Energy." The chant lasted five minutes, as the youth took the stage and
displayed their message for the live video feed being sponsored by
Americans for Prosperity, despite evasive action on the camera crew's
part. As they left the stage, Lord Monckton repeatedly called the
activists "Hitler Youth" and "nazis."
"Clean energy creates jobs," says Rachel Barge, a 24-year-old
entrepreneur from San Francisco, CA who was the first young person to
raise her voice at the event, "These climate action delayers and
science deniers are stealing bold, new economic opportunities from the
Laura Comer, 21, of Strongsville, OH, seconded Barge, saying, "We're
representing the majority of Americans on this, particularly young
Americans. The real America wants clean energy - not more fossil
fuel-funded lies about the science."