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Climate Activist Dies of Burns After Setting Himself on Fire at Supreme Court

Climate Activist Dies of Burns After Setting Himself on Fire at Supreme Court

Wynn Bruce death… “was not a suicide but a ‘deeply fearless act of compassion.'”

One green justice activist took his Earth Day commemoration to a new level this Friday.

A climate activist who lit himself on fire on Earth Day outside the United States Supreme Court Building has died, according to reports.

Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado, died Saturday, a day after he set himself ablaze in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of the court building.

He was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died.

A fellow activist indicates Bruce didn’t commit suicide but succumbed to the inevitable consequences of his Earth Day protest theater production.

Kritee Kanko, a climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and a Zen Buddhist priest in Boulder, said that she is a friend of Mr. Bruce and that the self-immolation was a planned act of protest.

“This act is not suicide,” Dr. Kritee wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. “This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis.”

She later added in an interview that she was not completely certain of his intentions, but that “people are being driven to extreme amounts of climate grief and despair” and that “what I do not want to happen is that young people start thinking about self-immolation.”

A preliminary investigation has revealed that it Bruce had childhood head and leg injuries, so was unlikely to have gotten to the Supreme Court on his own power.

It’s unclear what prompted the Boulder man to set himself on fire. Information pertaining to Bruce’s background is not yet fully known.

The man’s neighbors told Denver7 that they are unsure how Bruce made it to Washington since he was unable to drive.

They said a childhood accident left Bruce with an injured leg and head injuries.

Meanwhile, in Paris, Climate change activists forced the closure of the main square.

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) had said on its website that it planned to block a major Parisian location to disrupt the electoral cycle and its “business as usual” attitude.

While the cost of living is the top election theme, energy policies are closely linked to that, and incumbent Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen have put forward very different policies on the renewables sector in particular.

“We are blocking this Paris square to rebel against alternatives that we don’t have. This election leaves us with no choice between a far-right candidate with repugnant ideas … and a candidate who during five years cast the ecology issue aside and lied,” Lou, 26, a history teacher, who joined the Extinction Rebellion movement two years ago told Reuters.

Clearly, the Earth’s climate is much more stable than the climate protesters.


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JackinSilverSpring | April 25, 2022 at 1:06 pm

Wynn Bruce wins the Darwin Award.

Morning Sunshine | April 25, 2022 at 1:10 pm

What do you call a car full of lawyers that fell over the cliff?

A good start.

(bad taste on a legal site? maybe, but substitute climate change ecowarriors for lawyers…..

good on him for living up to his beliefs. May others feel as passionately.

‘Inevitable consequences, not a suicide’ is a novel description of someone choosing self immolation; aka lighting your ass on fire.

taurus the judge | April 25, 2022 at 1:15 pm

The significance of his self immolation will be insignificant with the passage of time. ( and he had no real significance to begin with)

I just hope he was not legitimately mentally challenged and others put him up to it- if he was in control of his faculties then this was a textbook example of cause and effect.

Antifundamentalist | April 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

I still wonder why anyone considers this kind of innanity worth even mentioning? He was a grandstanding idiot. Seems like the responsible thing to do would be to remove the grandstand.

Sooo, the buddhist lady claims it wasn’t a suicide? That would make anyone who aided and abetted this climate idiot in killing himself guilty of the same crime(s) that girl who goaded a guy into killing himself was convicted of.

And then, she claims she isn’t sure of his intentions after lauding his “intentions.”

And THEN, she worries about the copy-cat suicides of young folks the left has actively been indoctrinating for decades, telling them that the world is ending before they hit thirty.

The lefties are shameless apologists and accomplices in every instance of eco-extremism.

    aslannn in reply to bear. | April 25, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Buddhism is irrational by definition. The nonsense flowing from that woman is but an example.

What this guy did at the Supreme Court will change nothing.


To protest the anti-Buddhist policies of the Catholic president of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, during the Vietnam War, in June 1963, an elderly Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, went to the crossroads at Phan-Dinh-Phung Street in Saigon, sat in the lotus position, poured gasoline on himself, and set himself on fire in order to call attention to the sufferings of the Vietnamese people under Diem’s oppressive regime. As he burned to death, a disciple read his last words to the press. Other Buddhist monks and nuns followed Quang Duc’s example: six burned themselves to death within a short period. Unimpressed, Madame Nhu, Diem’s sister-in-law, described these self-immolations as a “barbecue.”

    txvet2 in reply to fscarn. | April 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    I wouldn’t say it changed nothing. It did help the CIA decide to get rid of Diem.

      aslannn in reply to txvet2. | April 25, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      Wow. I don’t know whether your view of the CIA is too high, or too low. You really believe that foreign policy was driven by a few guys who chose to burn themselves to death? That’s cute.

        txvet2 in reply to aslannn. | April 25, 2022 at 3:26 pm

        It certainly didn’t hurt when they were already disaffected with Diem. And if you think that the CIA had nothing to do with it, that’s even cuter.

      CincyJan in reply to txvet2. | April 25, 2022 at 6:22 pm

      I remember those self-immolations and I believe you’re right. As bad as the Diems may have been, though, they kept South VietNam under control. Oddly, there have been no self-immolations to protest the communists.

    henrybowman in reply to fscarn. | April 25, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    “I’m so tired of barbecue. Why don’t we eat Chinese?”

Condolences from the tree-hugging community:

“Medium to well done, good and faithful servant.”

He had just received news that Musk was taking over Twitter.

Planned Martyrhood. Self-abortion for social, redistributive, clinical, and fair weather causes (e.g. climate stasis).

“This act is not suicide”. Yes. Yes, it is. His friends will want to paint it as some noble sacrifice. It was not. It was an irrational act. And yes, it was suicide.

Real American | April 25, 2022 at 3:23 pm

may he serve as a bright, shining example to climate activists everywhere of the best way to help Mother Earth. The planet is already a better place since this nut offed himself.

Doesn’t anyone care about the air polution (and increased atmospheric temperatures) caused by the fire?

Why the medevac? This wasn’t an accident. He wanted this; he chose it. So why interfere?

    bear in reply to Milhouse. | April 25, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Mr. Milhouse: I understand the sentiment, but cruelty is not a trait to which normal folks ascribe.

    Burning to death is a particularly horrific end of life. Under the supposed conditions of this incident (deceit, ideologically driven motives and use of surrogate victims), shouldn’t the leaders, cheerleaders and indoctrinating authors of such actions show the “way?”

    The idea that “lesser” members of the climate cult should kill themselves in place of their “betters” is repugnant.

      Barry in reply to bear. | April 25, 2022 at 9:11 pm

      “…but cruelty is not a trait to which normal folks ascribe.”

      Nothing cruel about Milhouse’s sentiment. The fool set himself on fire, on purpose. I’d let him burn. His choice, not mine, not Milhouse’s.

      henrybowman in reply to bear. | April 25, 2022 at 9:22 pm

      It’s not cruelty to let someone make a 100% free choice.
      If you are not free to make mistakes, even fatal ones, you are not free.

    Gosport in reply to Milhouse. | April 26, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Because a medevac is a better visual than cleaning up the scene with a bucket of bleach, a stiff broom, and a firehose afterwards.

Free State Paul | April 25, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Shouldn’t he have electrocuted himself???

“’This act is not suicide,” Dr. Kritee wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. ‘This is a deeply fearless’act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis.’”

Cheers. Here’s to more environazis making more “fearless act(s) of compassion.”

“The significance of his self immolation will be insignificant with the passage of time. ( and he had no real significance to begin with)”

I realize as a Christian I’m supposed to care. OK, I’ll toss in a prayer for his soul later. I’m just not feeling it. But I dispute the fact that his self-immolation will ultimately prove insignificant. Remember Timothy Treadwell, the brown bear “enthusiast” who didn’t thing those “big party animals” were dangerous?

“Timothy and Amie: Final Cries of Couple Killed by Bear”

I used to spend quite a bit of time in Alaska hunting Blacktail deer on Kodiak and Caribou on the tundra northeast of Dillingham.

How the hell you decide the world’s largest land carnivore is nothing more than a big party animal is beyond me. Bears scare the bejeesus out of me. Even the lousy little Black Bears we had in Kali. But a Griz whose head won’t fit into a 55 gallon drum? I don’t get within a hundred miles without serious artillery. Which is why my rifle of choice for hunting those 120 pound deer was a .338 Win Mag.

Anyhoo, Timothy Treadwell’s death was significant for the jokes it generated.

“Hey, Tim, remember when your dad told you that you’d never amount to sh*t? Well, that bear that ate you sure proved your dad wrong.”

I can see it now. Greta Thunberg glaring at me; “How dare you!” It’s after 4 p.m. It’s Happy Hour. I’d be even happier if more environazis followed Wynn Bruce’s example and shuffled off this mortal coil and left the rest of us alone.

Of course I know I’m awful. I’ll say an extra Lord’s Prayer for the sh*tbird.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Arminius. | April 25, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    You are absolved of your sins. Go in peace.

    henrybowman in reply to Arminius. | April 25, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    “The sounds recorded on the video camera were of Amie and Timothy screaming, yelling, and begging for their lives while they were being mauled to death by the large grizzly.”
    Unlike Smokey, Winnie, or Yogi, this bear simply didn’t seem to understand their begging.
    What are the chances?

      Arminius in reply to henrybowman. | April 26, 2022 at 12:59 am

      What were their chances? Zero. I’m not exactly Daniel Boone or Pocahantas. But I can track a hippo through a snowbank. And, damn, you come across a torn up piece of ground where there once used to be a bear. And using the one for one rule (one inch front pad width equals one foot) the smaller bear was a 9 footer.

      You’ve got to marvel at the size and ferocity of the bear that won that fight.

      I said there used to be a bear? My bad. There still is. Maybe. That was a few years ago.

    alaskabob in reply to Arminius. | April 26, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Which is why I hunt with a 375 H&H. A neighbor of mine quit guiding for REI because the clientele were constantly disregarding basic safety rules in the bush. The last straw was a group from Marin near SF.

      Arminius in reply to alaskabob. | April 26, 2022 at 1:42 am

      It was funny. Just the other day I passed on a 4×4. I was tempted, but then it struck me. Four wheel drive means you get stuck in worse places. You should have seen the hate filled looks I got packing out my deer in my Mustang. Maybe you’d be surprised the spots you can get to in a Mustang with V8 torque and posi.

      You should have seen the spots we accessed with my “hunting uncle” and his straight six, three on the tree, 2wd C10. I am officially 70% disabled for the rest of my life. I read about a guy who starved to death only 1/4 mile from the snow line. I realize you’re more likely to survive if you stick with the vehicle. But, really, let’s stick some sanity in here. After a month take a walk down the hill.

      I don’t want to be that guy.

      I applaud your choice of rifles, sir. You can’t go wrong with a .375 H&H. In fact, I killed my first elephant (If it matters it was a Problem Animal Control [PAC] hunt in Zimbabwe back in 2009) A Kimber Talkeetna.

      I’ve been reminiscing because the way the Biden administration is shaping up I may once again need to feed myself with my rifle. Except now it won’t be elephants.

        Arminius in reply to Arminius. | April 26, 2022 at 1:48 am

        You ever have something entirely 100% clear in your head and then you see it in writing and it’s like, “Holy mother of God??!!”

        alaskabob in reply to Arminius. | April 26, 2022 at 12:46 pm

        The rule of thumb is stay in 2 wheel drive until you get stuck. A guy took his new 4×4 outside of Anchorage…. got to a swampy area… his wife said “you won’t be able to make it”… it took two tow trucks to pull him out. I used the 375 (Win 70) for plains game and a 458 Lott (CZ) for the Cape. The Lott saved my bacon with a one shot drop…. it gets messy as you know when one has to “sort out” a mistake. No mistake.. no regrets. Use enough gun.

I blame Al Gore, the award-winning climate expert, for convincing him that the weather’s too hot.

The eco-terrorists will be condemning his actions once they realize the amount of pollution he caused by his burning and the CO2 emissions of the helicopter used to try and rescue this fool.

He was very, very lucky to die after just one day. Some people live as long as six months before succumbing. And, really, if you set yourself on fire, you shouldn’t be surprised if you die. I do wonder about his “head injuries,” though. I hope he wasn’t taken advantage of by his zealot friends. The lady Buddhist priest doesn’t sound like much of a friend.

    Free State Paul in reply to CincyJan. | April 25, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Fun Fact: Burning to death doesn’t hurt very much. Third degree burns destroy the nerve endings, ending the pain. It’s when those nerve endings start healing that the misery begins.

    I knew someone who got third-degree burns on both hands in an accident, and didn’t even notice until the firefighter saw the skin coming off like gloves. Years after the accident, just talking about the rehab made him cry.

      I watched a doc on burn treatment, and this pretty much gels with what was presented. And what we all know from being severely injured, it doesn’t hurt right that minute, only after the adrenaline subsides and the healing begins. One thing that struck me about the treatment of serious burns was the constant cleansing of the area; I get that the goal is to minimize infection, but all that seemed to do was undo the healing that was taking place over the nerve endings and causing excruciating pain for no real reason. It was actually quite fascinating because they showed this one treatment for severe burns that used maggots to eat up the damaged necrotic flesh while leaving the nerve endings alone. As gross as that is (and it is gross to see), it seems a better approach than rubbing away any protective material that manages to form over raw nerve endings, essentially slowing the healing process.

      I’m obviously not a physician and have zero background in science or medicine, so I’m just saying what I saw on that doc.

        Arminius in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | April 26, 2022 at 12:08 am

        It’s called debridement, Fuzzy.

        “Debridement is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.[2][3] Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical, autolytic (self-digestion), and by maggot therapy.”

        They’re not trying to slow the healing process. They’re trying to hurry it along. I’m not a doctor either. But I’ve been through a number of first aid courses and I have a first aid kit that will put most third world hospitals to shame.

        Do you imagine that when I’m forced to depend on my own devices, I like to have devices? Do you imagine that if I’m given time to plan ahead I won’t?

        “Customized Medical Cases
        Designed by doctors, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, our MedShield customized medical cases are waterproof, dustproof and made to withstand the harsh conditions encountered in the field…”

          Oooh, good stuff! I didn’t think they were TRYING to slow the healing process, that just seemed to be the result of the daily scrubbing of the burned flesh. The icky and totally gross maggot thing seemed the best (least painful) option since the maggots only eat unhealthy, bad, dead stuff.

          You kind of lost me with this part, “Do you imagine that when I’m forced to depend on my own devices, I like to have devices? Do you imagine that if I’m given time to plan ahead I won’t?,” but I’m sure you must have meant something by it. I can’t really venture a guess as to what that means or what you are asking in this context.

        alaskabob in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | April 26, 2022 at 12:38 am

        I rotated through two burn units…. one at King County and one at San Bernardino County . It’s a long haul. Silver based meds are your dearest friend and hopefully enough unburned skin to harvest grafts. Maggots and leeches are time tested.

        Fuzzy, breaking up and removing the eschar from burns is partially to prevent thick scarring which can contract and tighten skin, muscles and tendons preventing their normal movement and/or causing deformation. It also helps prevent raised, leathery appearing scars.

That’ll buff out….

Yes, he was. I grew up in the late stages of the Vietnam War. My dad was a Coastie.

I don’t wish what I say on my worst enemy. But I’m glad I saw it.


“Video of Rescued Mini-Horse Cuddling Teddy Bear in Place of His Mom Makes Us Cry”

In one headline, everything wrong with modern America is summed up.

Do you know how badly I want to feed that writer my elbow?

Instead of cursing the darkness, he lit a candle (which was him).

ANOTHER ah dim ding bats learns, ya jis cants inhale FAR, its hot and no ox-y-gin. bes lesson ta-day, YA JIS CANTS FIX STUPID!

Steven Brizel | April 26, 2022 at 10:15 am

This is what worshippers of false religions have been doing since Biblical times

Another Darwin Award nominee. How ironic that a Climate Activist would be leaving a Carbon Footprint on the SCOTUS steps. Now if we could encourage more of those Eco-morons in CONgress to torch themselves, we might get our Energy Independence back,