The environmental organisation explain why they believe the threat to the Arctic from both climate change and oil drilling is very realby John Sauven / October 30, 2013 / Leave a comment
Read James Gray MP on why he believes environmentalists and big business should put their differences over the Arctic aside
Mr James Gray’s account, in Prospect earlier this week, of the challenges facing Arctic oil exploration on Planet Gray is fascinating, and raises many interesting points of comparison with our own situation here on Earth.
On this planet, rather than “hoping, as Greenpeace do, that the issue will just disappear”, we’re keen to get the whole world talking about it, so that instead of sleepwalking into catastrophe we can have a reasoned debate. That’s why we’ve been campaigning on the issue as our top priority for the last five years. So we’re delighted that Mr Gray decided to write about these issues, but a little disappointed that he didn’t base his argument on the situation on Earth.
Apparently, on Mr Gray’s planet, oil companies are dashing to recover the “50 per cent of the world’s oil and gas which lurks beneath the Arctic waves”—a tempting prospect indeed. We can quite understand the fossil fuel industry on Planet Gray making every effort for a prize like that. However, according to respected sources such as BP and the US Geological Survey the estimated total is closer to around four per cent of our remaining oil and just under 14 per cent of the gas. So, that’s one obvious disparity
On Planet Gray apparently Greenpeace refuses to speak to fossil fuel companies, and is “more than mildly Luddite in its approach”, opposing new technologies. Here on Earth, Greenpeace are in constant contact with the targets of our campaigns, and have spent the last 20 years pleading with governments around the world to quit their addiction to obsolete Victorian technologies like coal-fired power stations and internal combustion engines, and switch to new, clean technologies like photovoltaics (solar radiation), hybrids and electric vehicles. We’ve even developed a few ourselves, including the world’s first ozone-friendly fridge and its most efficient petrol-powered car, as well as supporting the UK’s first offshore wind farm and wave hub. The real “Luddism” can be found in the fossil fuel industry and their pet politicians who try to protect museum-piece technologies from competition.
Planet Gray’s physicists are lagging behind those on Earth. Here, scientists have known…