Actually, there is nothing amiss here; Ramsom has his facts wrong.
These were protesters inspired by the mid-1970's global cooling movement, not global warming protesters. As we have discovered, global cooling is indeed a threat than needs to be researched by govt funded scientists. Anyone who has been paying attention can attest to the fact that for the last 6 months, the world has been getting colder almost every day.
We have ignored the global cooling crisis for nearly 40 years, but now it is upon us. If we don't commit funding to its eradication, we won't be here to deal with the looming Y3K threat.