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Woke gone rogue: Climate activists throw soup on Vincent van Gogh creation

In an incident exemplifying the menace of the woke — the leftist term for aware and conscious citizens that the right use sarcastically — anti-climate change activists threw soup on "Sunflowers", a Vincent van Gogh creation, in the National Gallery, London, today, claiming it was supposed to be a mark of protest against fossil fuel extraction. The group 'Just Stop Oil', which wants the Government of the United Kingdom to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the oil painting, one of the Dutch artist's most iconic works.

London's Metropolitan Police said officers arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

Demonstrating how stupid woke zealotry can be, the group has drawn criticism from a class of people that has generally been sympathetic to their 'cause' — connoisseurs of art — for targeting museums. In July, activists of the same woke group glued themselves to the frame of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci at London's Royal Academy of Arts, and to "The Hay Wain" by John Constable in the National Gallery.

Just Stop Oil activists glue themselves to The Last Supper at Royal Academy  | The Independent

The woke activists have, in the past, also blocked bridges and intersections across London during two weeks of protests.

Eco-activist students behind Constable art attack at National Gallery  bailed | Evening Standard

The wave of woke demonstrations comes as the British government opens a new licensing round for North Sea oil and gas exploration amid criticism by environmentalists who say the decision undermines the country's commitment to fighting climate change.

British compulsion the woke wouldn't understand 

The British government opened a new licensing round for the North Sea oil and gas exploration exactly a week ago. The Conservative government argues that extracting more fossil fuels from the North Sea will create jobs and strengthen UK energy security, and is less environmentally harmful than importing gas and oil from abroad.

"I know it sounds contradictory but it's actually good for the environment," Climate Minister Graham Stuart said, "When we burn our own gas, it's got lower emissions around its production than foreign gas as well as supporting British jobs," he told the last week.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed gas and electricity prices higher and squeezed energy supplies across Europe, prompting countries to focus urgently on securing new sources.

The organisation that oversees the UK's electricity grid has said that planned blackouts might be needed this winter if the gas-fired power plants that produce 43% of Britain's electricity can't get enough gas to continue operating.

The UK last saw planned blackouts in the 1970s, during an international oil crisis and a series of coal miners' strikes.

The North Sea Transition Authority, or NSTA, said almost 900 new exploration blocks and partial blocks of the North Sea are available, with up to 100 licenses likely to be issued. Priority will be given to four areas off the east coast of England that are known to contain hydrocarbons and are close to existing infrastructure.

The government and fossil fuel industry say drilling for more oil and gas would not undermine Britain's pledge to cut its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

Security of supply and net zero should not be in conflict, NSTA chief executive Andy Samuel said. The industry has committed to halving upstream emissions by 2030 and investing heavily in electrification, carbon storage and hydrogen.

Environmentalists say the only way to limit global warming to the internationally approved target of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels is to stop extracting fossil fuels.

The government's claim that burning ever more fossil fuels from the North Sea will help the UK meet its international obligations to become net-zero by 2050 has no connection to reality, UK Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay said: "We truly have stepped through the looking glass."

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