I’m shocked

The founder of Extinction Rebellion – the climate change protest group who on Monday locked down parts of London – has admitted that she drives a diesel car.

In a fractious interview on TalkRadio on Monday, Dr Gail Bradbrook said she drives a diesel car because she cannot afford an electric vehicle.

The 49-year-old, who founded XR in 2018, told presenter Cristo Foufas that she needs to use the car to take her children to rugby and football matches because there are no available buses near her home on a Sunday.

No, really, shocked. Giving up normal life to save the planet is just for the little people…..

20 thoughts on “I’m shocked”

  1. Once upon a time, diesel was being touted as the eco-friendly option… Still, they should be able to afford to do the bicycle thing instead.

  2. The Sage,

    If you live in the sticks, it probably still is. It’s better for CO2, but worse for local air quality. But you don’t have the same concentrations in rural areas.

  3. BoM4: “It’s better for CO2, but worse for local air quality”.

    This point was put to the Government in the early 2000’s, but as CO2 is THE bogeyman, TPTB decided ‘fuck peoples air quality, we need to reduce CO2’ so the drive (ho-ho) began to promote diesel vehicles over petrol.

  4. she cannot afford an electric vehicle

    Bullshit. You can pick up a second-hand Nissan Leaf for under five grand. If you can’t afford that, how about going to work instead of preventing other people from doing so?

  5. ” needs to use the car to take her children to rugby and football matches ”

    Hogwash. She values being able to do so, sure. Clearly values that more than saving emissions, and values that this is her choice to make. The choice she would deny others.

  6. It’s better for CO2, but worse for local air quality.

    Is it…?

    When I bought my first diesel in 2002 it was filthy and stank of diesel even when new*.

    My ‘new’ diesel (3 years old now) is much cleaner, has an Diesel particulate filter and hardly smells at all. The model from the next year has AdBlue to further reduce emissions.

    There are obviously loads of ‘dirty Diesels’ on the road but I’m not sure new vehicles are as bad as gubberment would have us believe.

    * When I bought it ‘normal’ Diesel was the only otpion and the exhaust smelt rather pleasant. When we were forced to change to Low Sulphur ‘Euro Diesel’ the exhaust gained a ghastly acrid smell.

  7. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a 4×4.
    Emma Thompson flew business class from the states to cheer for these goons.
    Hatred of the lower orders and the freedoms that cheap cars and cheap flights brought them is a major motivator for green agitators.

  8. It’s so blatant, can we even call it hypocrisy anymore? Being unaccountable is the ultimate status symbol now.

  9. The flying 11,000 MILES (COSTA RICA) for a holiday and then claiming it was for a medical procedure unobtainable in the uk is even more risible.

  10. Bloke in Cyprus,

    “There are obviously loads of ‘dirty Diesels’ on the road but I’m not sure new vehicles are as bad as gubberment would have us believe.”

    You may be right now. I don’t know. I’m not anti-diesel, and really just pointing out that in rural areas, the local air pollution problem doesn’t exist as there’s so little traffic anyway.

  11. Not only is she a hypocrite, but she parades her stupidity in the interview. Her inability to think for herself is on full display “It was claimed to be a really green car at the time when I bought it… it is a diesel car.”

    Yet she thinks we should upend the way we live based on her stupid beliefs…

  12. Money talks. When she has enough dosh from XR, watch her flee to the Maldives, apparently sinking because of “climate change”

  13. One might have thought a climate activist would have bought herself and her children a bicycle each. Three decent bikes cost less than one car. My father always used to cycle to his hockey matches.

  14. The irony is, when you meet people who legitimately live off the grid in the mountains, they tend to be fairly soft-spoken and don’t do much to bother anyone else.

    Unless you’re the Unabomber, that is. Then you conduct your life a tad differently.

  15. @ Ducky
    On his bike, sometimes a bit slower (I’ve just looked up the distance on AA route guide to one match, which I think was the furthest I and my little sister cycled with him to watch, and it says 53 miles)

  16. On reflection I just don’t believe 53 miles – that may be the quickest route by car but certainly not the shortest by bike.

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