Gotta love these guys!

Greenpeace can always be counted on to go out on a limb (or in this case an oil rig) to challenge unacceptable environmental practices. Whether or not they achieve a particular goal, they pull back the curtain and expose what others don’t want exposed.

Greenpeace is a 40-year old action-based, independent, global environmental organization. According to their website, they “take action to protect our oceans and forests, eliminate the use of harmful chemicals and transition to a world powered by clean and unlimited energy sources like the wind and sun.”

The Associated Press reports that three Greenpeace activists on Sunday climbed up an oil rig off Greenland’s coast in an attempt to stop a Scottish oil company from starting deepwater drilling in the arctic waters.

The activists scaled the 53,000-ton rig Leiv Eiriksson and are now hanging in a pod from the underside of the rig.

Greenpeace has criticized Cairn Energy, who operates the rig, for not taking the extra precautions needed to avoid accidents such as the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.”

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  1 comment for “Gotta love these guys!

  1. Kaye Fissinger
    June 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    On June 6th an Amsterdam court judge turned the tables on Cairn Energy. Rather than granting an injunction against Greenpeace, he instead suggested that the oil company might actually like to consider releasing its secret Arctic Oil Spill Response Plan!

    Cairn’s lawyers looked dumbfounded and stuttered about not knowing why their client won’t release it.

    The judge went on to ask how Cairn would pay for any oil spill clean up. He was highly unimpressed when Cairn’s legal team tried to reassure him that it had a cap on financial exposure. The judge said he didn’t think the concern is over the health of Cairn’s finances – the concern is the impact on the environment and the cost of the clean up!

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    That Cairn Energy would interpret the judge’s question as concern for the company’s finances is a jaw dropper. Yet it clearly shows the fundamental absence of human and environmental concern that is at the root of contemporary business. Come to think of it, no jaws should drop. It’s business as usual and it will continue as long as the Republican Party has any power whatsoever. At least with the Democratic Party there is a chance to make change. But ConservaDems will make even Democratic efforts an uphill battle.

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