It never ceases to amaze me when the media tries to make the case for environmentalists and making their activities out to be noble and holding sacrifice as one’s highest ideal as opposed to someone who follows their own self interest. A case in point is a recent write up of some Greenpeace activists in an online periodical known as The Stranger.
In the essay, the author makes the Greenpeace activists out to be extremely attractive who making the activist’s effort to stalk Shell Oil rigs in the Pacific Ocean as a noble thing. The crew of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza not only follow and monitor Shel Oil rigs, apparently the crew have also been following meetings of Seattle’s port in hopes of denying Shell access to the city’s sea port and awaiting a decision by President Obama’s interior Secretary to see if she will approve or deny Shell rights to certain territory in Chukchi Sea.
If Shell is successful in getting territory rights in the Chukchi Sea and access to Seattle’s port, the author states that group is ready to protest presumably with a wide variety of different techniques in order to demonize Shell. The article itself attempts to glorify Greenpeace activists stalking and monitoring Shell activities as a means to harass not only the company itself but also to drive Shell employees out of work. Not surprisingly, the author decided not to point out the amount of carbon emissions and how much fossil fuels the Greenpeace ship consumes in order to make the crew’s efforts a reality. When I read this essay and noticed this overlooked point, it reminded me of the below scene from the movie Armageddon. Then again, I am sure Greenpeace probably has an arrangement with Al Gore where the group buys carbon offsets so the group and its efforts remain carbon neutral.