'You Claim To Be An American, But We See Right Through Your Greed': A Song of Protest and Then a Walkout at US Event at Climate Summit
Presentation by Trump's delegation calling for more fossil fuels decried as 'absurd'
Protesters interrupted an event sponsored by the U.S. climate delegation at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany on Monday with a repackaged version of the song "God Bless the U.S.A." before staging a mass walkout.
The scene was captured on video by Axios correspondent Amy Harder:
The alternate lyrics sung by the protesters were transcribed as:
So you claim to be an American
But we see right through your greed;
It's killing across the world
for that coal money.
And we proudly stand up and tell you to
'Keep it in the ground.'
The people of the world unite...
and we are here to say — [repeat]
Soon after the protest, the room was left nearly empty as many in attendance walked out:
Following lengthy protest, the room is now basically empty other than press and few White House guests in front row pic.twitter.com/aYuUKLk2XL— Leo Hickman (@LeoHickman) November 13, 2017
John Fleming, a climate scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, was among those saying it was ridiculous for the Trump administration to be openly pushing coal and other dirty fuels at the conference.
"It's patently absurd to suggest that coal has any role to play in solving the climate crisis," Fleming said in a statement. "Coal reserves dwarf the remaining carbon budget for staying under 2 degrees Celsius, let alone 1.5 degrees. Further use of coal is a death sentence for the planet."
He concluded, "At a time when renewable energy is becoming cheaper and even China and India are shifting more of their focus toward renewables, the panel's rhetoric was baseless and destructive."