Sunday, January 12, 2014

How many fossil fuels does it take to make an oil-free future?

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?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

KS tweet her back and ask whose money she used to py for the transport.

Keeping Stock said...

I think we all know the answer to that Anon; you and I paid for it.

briansmaller said...

Just occasionally I think it would be kind of nice to live totally oblivious to the real world and the issues facing it. Like you know - be a Green Party voter.

Ray said...

Oh dear... And not a Prius or even a bicycle to be seen.

Quintin hogg said...

My old mates at the Port Chalmers yacht club will be pissed off that someone has taken all their parking.

Quintin hogg said...

My old mates at the Port Chalmers yacht club will be pissed off that someone has taken all their parking.

lovinthatchangefeeling said...

Where's that gween apologist Dave Kennedy sticking up for the luddite watermelons KS?

Dave said...

Check out this story from Stuff... how on earth did they come up with the figure of "750 activists plan a blockade of Otago Harbour's commercial shipping channel"?! Surely even the event organisers wouldn't have been expecting that many protestors? Unfortunately it was obviously taken as fact and probably swallowed by the public.

Dave said...

(Oops link wasn't attached to last comment. Here it is... http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9600471/Dunedin-divided-over-deep-sea-oil-drilling )

Keeping Stock said...

TVNZ news said there were 260 there, many of whom will have been from out of town like Gareth Hughes, Steve Abel and Mojo Mathers.

But 260 is 0.21% of Dunedin's population of 126,000. So 99.79% of Dunedinites either support exploration, jobs and investment, or had better ways of spending a Sunday afternoon than messing around in sea kayaks made of plastic which had been through an oil-rich extrusion process.

J Bloggs said...

I notice they all went out in plastic (HDPE) kayaks - which are made from oil.....

Keeping Stock said...

Well spotted J Bloggs. Doubtless all goings-on were also recorded for posterity on numerous iPhones, Androids and iPads, all of which a very mineral-intense.

Anonymous said...

Rather than ask how much carbon was used to fuel their cars and build their Kayaks, we should be asking if they have purchased carbon credits to offset it. If the answer is "no", it's clear to me that they don't really believe in an emissions trading scheme.

We should be pressuring the Greens to put their money where their mouth is. Strike that - Our money where their mouth is.

Mr E

Christopher Penk said...

Ah, but we will indeed have an oil-free world if these guys use up all the oil. So you see their cause is perfectly legitimate, philosophically consistent and non-hypocritical. Obviously.

Keeping Stock said...

I'd never thought of it that way Christopher. But how are they going to recycle their cars and SUV's in an ethical and organic manner?