Anti-drilling and anti-progress activists descended on Dunedin for the Oil Free Future Summit. Speakers and delegates came from near and far, including the USA and Australia. And Greenpeace and the Green Party were strongly represented.
This afternoon, they've all driven down Black Beach Jetty at Port Chalmers where a "flotilla" has gone out to "blockade" Otago Harbour. What is it with these protesters, that they think they have a divine right to stop people going about their lawful business?
But we've just spotted this photo on the Pro Oil and Gas Otago Facebook page. The page was only set up on Friday afternoon, and already has almost 500 likes. A parking warden from Auckland or Wellington could have a field day at Port Chalmers:
So it all begs the question; how many fossil fuels have been consumed this weekend for a conference that wants to put an end to the use of fossil fuels? And how much have the carbon footprints of the likes of Greenpeace's Steve Abel and Green MP's Gareth Hughes and Mojo Mathers increased? Ms Mathers seems to think it's all a bit of a hoot:
You can bet that MP's attending this summit will have done so on the public dime, although that's nothing new. But isn't it really the ultimate double-standard to rock up to an anti-oil protest in your SUV, van or gas-guzzling people-mover?
Which brings us back to the title of this post; how many fossil fuels does it take to make an oil-free future?