Thursday, 01 December 2011 16:39

Greenpeace stages oil event in Copenhagen

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Greenpeace, the international environmentalist organisation, today staged an event aimed against oil drills in Greenlandic waters. The event took place on and off the North Atlantic Quay in Copenhagen, Denmark. Witnesses, mainly people working in the North Atlantic Building and a few bystanders, saw a group of Greenpeace activists carry out an oil spill scenario that included actually spilling crude oil on the entrance of the North Atlantic Building, oil that they then tried to diligently clean up after them.

Several activist clad in insulated diving suits, safety vests, and helmets jumped into the harbour’s cold water to unfold a big yellow floating banner on the background of which man-size black letters spelled out the message: ”Protect the Arctic – NO LICENSE TO DRILL”.

At the same time, inside the North Atlantic House where meetings are going on this week between representatives of the Greenland Government and the oil industry, activists dressed up in business suits and pretending to be government officials welcomed arriving oil company associated and lead them to a conference room rented by Greenpeace under the guise of a fictitious IT company.

There the activists treated their intercepted but unsuspecting guest to a 15 minutes power-point presentation spelling out Greenpeace’s somewhat complex message about exploratory drillings off the coasts of Greenland: 1) No drills, no spills, and 2) the oil companies involved are finding no oil and loose lots of money.

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Greenpeace activists responding to their own oil spill

Having completed their presentation, the activists excused themselves and hurried out of the building, leaving behind them a group of oil industrialists slowly beginning to suspect that something was not quite right.

The mislead representatives of oil giants such as Shell, BP, Statoil, etc., were supposed to attend one of a number of oil and gas tenders pre-bid meetings arranged by the Greenland Government in another conference room within the North Atlantic House. The meetings are occasioned by the decision of Greenlandic and Danish authorities make preparations for explorative drillings in the deep Arctic waters off the coast of North East and North West Greenland.

Of course, the Greenpeace people had made sure to fully document and release accounts of the hoax to the media who did not hesitate to mount the full story on their internet pages, praising the organisation for having once again done what it is supposed to do best: cleverly exposing narrow-minded hypocrites to their own wrong-doing toward the planet.

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The tactics used by Greenpeace this time - to lure the oil company people into believing that by entering the North Atlantic Building they would have safely escaped the antics of the environmentalist protesters – is reminiscent of the method used by the same organisation earlier this year in Greenland.

Around the month of May, Greenpeace set up community meetings in several Greenlandic towns to signal the organisation’s intent to seek dialogue instead of conflict with and within the society of Greenland. Yet, the next thing experienced by this society, Greenpeace people had slipped back into their diving suits, sailed out to a deep sea drilling vessel and chained themselves onto it to prevent it from doing any drilling.

Like many others these years, Greenpeace has cast its eyes on the Arctic. However, the devious methods applied by the organisation are unlikely to make it any friends in the region. Once again, some feel, Greenpeace has demonstrated that this particular organisation sees nothing wrong with having a dialogue with you and, at the same time, going behind your back.

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