More here. Fascinating how the public overwhelmingly support investment in renewable energy over fossil fuels, despite a huge media campaign globally against wind and solar power (and despite papers choosing not to run their own polls because the public won’t say what they want them to say). So much of this kind of thing goes on behind the scenes; it’s just another example of how polluting industries seek to influence public opinion.
An estimated 350 tonnes of oil released into pristine environments around the coast of New Zealand after an oil cargo ship was grounded. The public are being advised to stay away from beaches, which are likely to be turned into 10,000 tonnes of sandy waste.
Meanwhile, our fossil fuel subsidies rise to $470 billion, and we continue to drill for oil in the most dangerous places in the world – places where, if there is a spill, there are no effective plans to cope with the clean-up due to the extreme temperatures. And every week, more and more lines of evidence pile up to demonstrate what happens as a result of our fossil fuel habits.
Sometimes I wonder how the human species has existed for so long and isn’t the recipient of a special group prize in the Darwin Awards.
Cairn Energy, the ‘most dangerous oil company after BP’, have no plan of how they’d cope if there was an oil spill on their Arctic drilling rig, which is situated in conditions that are riskier than for Deepwater Horizon. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request, the government now admits that a spill in the Arctic would be all but impossible to clean up.
Chevron is guilty of dumping over 18 billion gallons of toxic oil waste in the Ecuadorean Amazon and poisoning thousands of Indigenous and rural Ecuadoreans.
But rather than take responsibility for cleaning up its oily mess in Ecuador, Chevron has enlisted a team of legal vultures, PR hacks, and other people more greedy than principled to distract attention from the overwhelming evidence of its guilt and deny justice to the victims of Chevron’s contamination.