April 07, 2015

#TheCrossing: New Greenpeace stunt -- same old hypocrisy and cowardice

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Unlike most criminals, Greenpeace brags about its crimes. The media loves it, and the police tend to treat them pretty gently.

But has Greenpeace gone too far this time?

In a stunt they've dubbed "The Crossing," they've sneaked aboard an offshore oil drilling vessel, and even filmed themselves in this act of piracy.

Two questions:

When will Greenpeace undo the damage they've done to the environment?

And why did they target a relatively small, heavily regulated company like Shell, rather than a huge, unregulated oil company based in Saudi Arabia, Russia or Venezuela?


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commented 2015-04-15 05:13:17 -0400
Jake Carson, if you think the voting age should be raised to 30 years are you also in favor of increasing the age of enlistment to 30 years as well? If you think someone isn’t ready for the responsibility of voting until the age of 30 then surely they also aren’t ready for the responsibility of life and death decisions on the battlefield.
commented 2015-04-08 16:33:58 -0400
Kerry Mabey, neither Greenpeace nor you get to decide for the rest of the planet. Feel free to present your arguments and theories, lobby for you position and vote for Political Candidates who support your position. But when you attempt to impose your views on those who disagree with you by force, you’ve gone way over the line. That’s the same rationalization used by ISIS and Boko Haram. I won’t get into the science here. It would be a waste of time. You’ve obviously already made up your mind. But in my humble opinion, you’re not on a level playing field with Kierkegaard or Einstein either. But then, of course, neither am I.
commented 2015-04-08 15:25:10 -0400
I’m sure their ship is fueled by Solar power. Idiots!
commented 2015-04-08 14:09:31 -0400
Where are these “activists” getting their education? Who is funding them? Why are they not facing criminal charges? The thought that these young people are “our future” fills me with dread. Our planet will NOT survive with these people at the helm!
commented 2015-04-08 14:00:47 -0400
I think physicist Freeman Dyson, has it right, when he says the new environmentalism is like a religion, for them.
I say, you are entitled to believe what you want. But to infer anyone can say that the science is definitive, and that there is a decided upon path to salvation, is some kind of misguided moral vanity.
Its just not worth arguing about. The world’s resources will continue to be used. In countries like North America, they will be extracted as safely as its done anywhere. There will continue to be push back against this attempt to hijack and halt human progress. If the new, eco terrorist brand of environmentalists have their way, we will end up with a small elite directing our society. A society, in which little greenpeace soldiers will be nothing but surfs. Your consumption in all areas will be reduced in ways you can’t imagine. You will be dictated to by the elite who will still have all the things they tell you you can’t have. Nothing will have changed with regard to the health of the planet, and you will have very little comfort or freedom in your life. Now, why would anyone agree to going along with an agenda that would end up with a civilisation like that?

Right now if you live in North America, the world is your oyster. You are free to pursue anything you put your mind to. You want to help the planet, make some money and try to do some good with it.
commented 2015-04-08 09:30:21 -0400
This is an old story. Some charity! Attacking fishermen facing dangers on the high seas! Diminishing the lives of Indigenous populations and then turning up in the North trying to find allies among the Inuit. Tactics that endanger the lives of working people performing their jobs are not acceptable and should not be defended. Find some other way to show your position. We are supposed to be living in societies governed by laws. If you behave as outlaws that is what you are. You must not support illegal means to achieve your aims. Democracy is messy, but look around the world. There are worse systems.
commented 2015-04-08 08:31:41 -0400
Kerry – there is also lots of online footage of people breaking bones while practising parkour and skateboard tricks. That doesn’t mean that it rules their lives, it means that they have a lot of free time on their hands and no worries about their own survival (ie food, shelter, warmth).
To your second point, Greenpeace have shown that they are activists who are not interested in science. Their board is made up of political scientists, not botanists, not biologists, definitely not geologists or chemical engineers. When unemployed baristas tell me that drilling in the Arctic cannot be done safely I’m not likely to believe them. Greenpeace looks only at the very short term. Within the next two thousands years or so, will we or nil we, the ice will return. Ultimately the wall of ice will be around 5 times the height of the CN tower. 8 times the height of the new Bow Building in Calgary. The energy changes to the global system that cause this big of a natural change dwarf everything that we humans have done. We cannot stop it. We have to adapt to it. Being able to keep ourselves warm, and use resources before the ice takes them away from us again, is much more important to me than coddling a bunch of hypocrites likes the Greenpeace kiddies.
commented 2015-04-08 07:44:17 -0400
In answer to your questions. Last year 15 activists were in Russian jail for over a month for taking on Gazprom. So, just think about that for a moment and imagine yourself actually believing so much in this that you risk a russian prison. A few months ago,a women had her leg broken by a police boat ramming the inflated she was on, so they go easy on them eh? There is plenty of footage about this online. Secondly, Can you give any idea on how one might tackle huge companies that do not listen to clear advice that drilling in the arctic is simply not safe? Are there any boats that run on fuel other than petrol based that can handle the tides and keep up with the rig? What damage has GP done to the environment that is not a necessary evil? What is hippocritcal about drawing attention to the damage that is about to be wreaked upon us? Young people do this because they can see the world they are about to inherit is going to be a mess and they have the strength and courage to do this. Tell me which organisations send out its generals or MD’s to do the dirty work? None. They have a different skill set. When I first saw this video i thought you were taking the piss (a joke) then i realised you were actually serious. But I can say that listening to your full report, anyone with half their brain cells in tact will make a donation to GP and sign the petition.
commented 2015-04-08 03:05:38 -0400
It’s sad. Those poor misguided children. If the could just step back and look at the preposterous contradictions between their words and their actions; attempting to stop world wide oil production with boats that run on petroleum-based fuel products. They’re probably to dumb to even recognize the hypocrisy. That’s the world of relativism for you. We’re definitely not dealing with Kierkegaard or Einstein.
commented 2015-04-07 23:07:37 -0400
Very good video Ezra, thanks.
Dome. Esso, and BeauDrill worked offshore in the arctic back in the 80s, safely, cleanly and in an environmentally sound manner. I know, I was there in a supporting role. greenpiece is nothing more than ignorant bunch of radical nutbars that should be shut down and incarcerated. It is long past time that they face the consequences of their illegal actions. Such a pity the Russians let them off the hook when they had a chance to make an example of that lot.
commented 2015-04-07 22:43:24 -0400
Ezra is exactly right: the Greenpeace activists target companies like Shell because it is safe to do so. They face a slap on the wrist – at worst – if they get caught. It’s been like that for many, many years now.

It was the same in the days of Cold War. Peace activists targeted US ships in ports of Western democracies. They NEVER targeted Soviet ships in Communist countries. They marched in the United States or the UK or West Germany, NEVER in the Soviet Union or Warsaw Pact countries. Why? Because they knew they could get in serious trouble if they marched in the Communist countries; they stood a good chance of being imprisoned and maybe even shot. They’d STILL face those risks in, say, North Korea or even Putin’s Russia: just ask the members of Pussy Riot what happened to them when they protested. But it’s more than just fear for their personal safety: the fact is that they didn’t actually oppose Soviet nukes. If they had opposed them, they could have at least launched a letter-writing campaign where they mailed letters of protest to the Soviet Union from safe places in the West. But I never heard of so much as a POSTCARD of protest signed with a pseudonym being sent to the Soviet Union which could have been done in perfect safety. That’s why I believe the “peace activists” were interested solely in weakening the West, particularly NATO and especially the United States.

By the same token, today’s environmental activists are solely interested in stopping the activities of Western democracies. They never act against the Saudis, Iranians, or others. (If I’ve missed such activities, please correct me with some verifiable details.)
commented 2015-04-07 22:21:33 -0400
Greenpeace targets America or Canada because they’re nothing but cowards. If they were to try & do their dirty work against oil companies based in Saudi Arabis for instance they know there would be a price to pay & that price might be getting your hand cut off or maybe even your brainless head.
commented 2015-04-07 20:49:53 -0400
That woman activist said she wants the politicians to seize control of Shell to prevent climate change. Yes ofcourse, makes sense to me! Everyone wins because private companies are evil and don’t answer to anyone…And…To continue use of her expression “History has shown”…also… that state owned oil companies all over the world are the very friendliest to the environment. I’m making my donation to greenpeace as we speak.
commented 2015-04-07 20:30:50 -0400
So painful to watch. They were my kids I would reality check them to the curb. I sure hope the pendulum swings and their kids, kick their asses for making such a mess. They keep it up and there really will be no CPP , no money, no jobs. Who is going to take care of this generation of greenpeacers, when the money is all gone, and their kids are trying to pick up the pieces of the bankrupt world their parents had a hand in taking down the toilet. Hey greenpeace youth army, watch this vid if you dare. Its a bit long, try to concentrate.
commented 2015-04-07 20:14:52 -0400
The more Greenpeace is relegated to the fringe (who REALLY believes what they claim anymore? Anyone? Anyone?), the more radical they have to act to get our attention. It’s a downward spiral. These are the same type of radicals who were taking hostages and throwing bombs in the 70s — “activists”, professional agitators who don’t TRULY know what they’re all about, and who wouldn’t know an honest day’s work if it bit them in the arse. Arrest ’em all, let ’em rot, and put the bail astronomically high so that only a few can get out… and the rest fade into obscurity. Unfortunately, this also requires a country and its law enforcement to have a backbone…
commented 2015-04-07 20:05:27 -0400
That’s funny right there.
commented 2015-04-07 20:00:54 -0400
Piracy charges should be laid and upon conviction jail time and enough millions in fines to break greenpeace.
commented 2015-04-07 18:59:30 -0400
Revolution for rich kids, trust fund kids with no understanding of much of anything.

Useful idiots.
commented 2015-04-07 18:52:21 -0400
In my mind we’re letting kids make too many decisions about the world, and politics, I’d like to see the voting age raised to 30yrs, or maybe 35yrs Thats when reality sinks in on how the world really works, but instead I see Lefty’s quoting High school kids, and supporting their politic’s, instead of telling them to Grow-Up. Greenpeace in a nutshell
commented 2015-04-07 18:51:28 -0400
Co-founder of greenpeace, Patrick Moore, calls climate change a fake and greenpeace a band of radicals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBWTJrS557E time to cut off greenpeace’s charitable status – they are a politically motivated group that steals from taxpayers
commented 2015-04-07 18:39:10 -0400
Might believe their crap if they were using a wind powered ship. If you are against oil stop using it!