They call them “Fridays for Horsepower.” A group of German motorists have banded together to rev their engines in protest of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future. Climate change activists want a CO2 tax and diesel vehicle bans in some inner cities, and these new internal combustion advocates aren’t about to let those things happen. The protests were suggested by Ford mechanic Christopher Grau, who says the idea “struck a nerve” and has picked up 540,000 Facebook followers.
Are they serious? They are, and unlike many of Thunberg’s young followers, they can vote, so politicians are paying attention, lest Germany develop its own version of France’s Yellow Vest movement.