Greenpeace USA

Lobbyists for Big Oil have used a bunch of actors to say they’ll vote for oil and gas (like offshore drilling, tar sands and fracking!). So we made our own little video in response:

http://vote-4-energy.org/

benvironment:

This made me laugh.
It’s the winning entry in a poster competition that was set by Greenpeace earlier this year, in an effort to counter the claims made by CAPP (Canadian Association of  Petroleum Producers) and the Canadian Government that tar sands oil is sustainable.
It’s deliberately as patronising and cynical as the messages and communiqués coming out of Government, but even this struggles to reach the dizzying heights of cynicism and offensiveness that the bonkers Ethical Oil campaign reached later in 2011.
If you’re not familiar with that lunacy, then take a look at this previous story:
Aboriginal? Female? Gay? Unemployed? Great! You’ll love our oil!
The kitten poster features Canadian PM Stephen Harper and was subsequently plastered all over Ottawa.  It was designed by Bryn MacDonald of Alberta, who according to Greenpeace’s press release is:
“…a former chemical engineer who consulted on  oil projects around the world, including in the Alberta tar sands. He is  also served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces and served on a UN  peacekeeping tour in Nicosia, Cyprus.  In 2008, he made big changes in  his life. He left the oil industry, traded his car for a bicycle, became  a vegetarian and committed himself to working actively at solving  environmental problems rather than increasing them.”
I posted this to continue a ‘Canada’ theme in the run up to this Friday’s important vote in the EU that will determine the future of tar sands in Europe and farther afield.  For more info on that, take a look at yesterday’s story:
Spineless UK ready to block tar sands legislation in Europe

benvironment:

This made me laugh.

It’s the winning entry in a poster competition that was set by Greenpeace earlier this year, in an effort to counter the claims made by CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) and the Canadian Government that tar sands oil is sustainable.

It’s deliberately as patronising and cynical as the messages and communiqués coming out of Government, but even this struggles to reach the dizzying heights of cynicism and offensiveness that the bonkers Ethical Oil campaign reached later in 2011.

If you’re not familiar with that lunacy, then take a look at this previous story:

Aboriginal? Female? Gay? Unemployed? Great! You’ll love our oil!

The kitten poster features Canadian PM Stephen Harper and was subsequently plastered all over Ottawa.  It was designed by Bryn MacDonald of Alberta, who according to Greenpeace’s press release is:

“…a former chemical engineer who consulted on oil projects around the world, including in the Alberta tar sands. He is also served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces and served on a UN peacekeeping tour in Nicosia, Cyprus.  In 2008, he made big changes in his life. He left the oil industry, traded his car for a bicycle, became a vegetarian and committed himself to working actively at solving environmental problems rather than increasing them.”

I posted this to continue a ‘Canada’ theme in the run up to this Friday’s important vote in the EU that will determine the future of tar sands in Europe and farther afield.  For more info on that, take a look at yesterday’s story:

Spineless UK ready to block tar sands legislation in Europe

nohats:

Greenpeace Polluter’s Harmony video

pearlsofblack:

The disgusting tar sands

pearlsofblack:

The disgusting tar sands

mothernaturenetwork:

State Dept. faces Keystone XL investigationAmid accusations of bias and corruption, the agency’s inspector general will investigate its review of the proposed oil-sands pipeline from Canada.

mothernaturenetwork:

State Dept. faces Keystone XL investigation
Amid accusations of bias and corruption, the agency’s inspector general will investigate its review of the proposed oil-sands pipeline from Canada.

Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said jobs created by TransCanada Corp.’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline wouldn’t be worth the health and safety consequences if a spill contaminated water supplies.

greenpeacesemester:

UVM students (including Greenpeace Semester alum!) challenge Seventh Generation to go tar-sands-free.

Interested in gaining the skills to organize actions like these on your campus? The Greenpeace Semester is still accepting applications for the Spring 2012 program! Apply now: http://bit.ly/qm0hir

climateadaptation:

Emails released in a FOIA request show that the Obama administration is biased towards getting the Keystone XL Pipeline built. I’ve been covering Keystone XL for a few months (see all my posts, here). I used to believe the pipeline will get the green light. Now I suspect it will be delayed…

greenpeacesemester:

Cornell’s GLI says more jobs could be destroyed than created by the pipeline.